Reason is and ought to be the slave of the passions  

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Reason is, and ought only to be, the slave of the passions and can never pretend to any other office than to serve and obey them.” --A Treatise of Human Nature (1738) by David Hume

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"Reason is and ought to be the slave of the passions" is a dictum by David Hume recorded in A Treatise of Human Nature (1738).

The full passage reads:

"We speak not strictly and philosophically when we talk of the combat of passion and of reason. Reason is, and ought only to be, the slave of the passions and can never pretend to any other office than to serve and obey them."

Dutch

"We drukken ons niet zuiver of filosofisch uit als we het hebben over de strijd tussen hartstocht en rede. De rede is slechts de slaaf van de hartstochten (en behoort dat te zijn) en kan slechts de functie hebben hun te dienen en te gehoorzamen." --David Hume, A Treatise of Human Nature , vertaling Traktaat over de menselijke natuur, Uitgeverij Boom, vertaling F.L. van Holthoon, 2007

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