We need your help, enLIGHTen fans! We love this projection malarkey so much that we couldn’t help throwing in a last late surprise! We need your help in choosing the words we should project for our final projection. Which of the following four quotations should make the cut? And if you’d like to see something entirely different of an Enlightenment flavour, what would it be…? Voting closes at 1pm on Tuesday 13th March, so get your skates on and vote for your favourite!

This poll closed at 1pm on Tuesday 13th March. Subsequent votes will not be counted. Thanks to all who voted and helped us to spread the word!

Make an informed decision with the information below…

The great end of all human industry,
is the attainment of happiness

–        David Hume

Hume was a visionary who sought to overturn the superstition that dogged progress and rational thought. In his time, religion dominated education and his ideas made him unpopular with university authorities. You can read much more about ‘the father’ of the Scottish Enlightenment on our 1 Rose Street page

the greatest happiness for the greatest numbers – Francis Hutcheson

Francis Hutcheson is viewed as one of the founding fathers of the Scottish Enlightenment. A philosopher, he had great impact as a teacher on Adam Smith, and corresponded with David Hume.

Enlighten the people generally, and tyranny and oppressions of body and mind will vanish like evil spirits at the dawn of day – Thomas Jefferson

Thomas Jefferson was an American polymath and politician who became president of the United States in 1801. Enlightenment ideas guided his drafting of the American Declaration of Independence. This quote is one of many quotations inscribed on Cox Corridor II, a first floor House corridor of the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington D.C.

We look to Scotland for all our ideas of civilisationVoltaire

Voltaire, the famous French Enlightenment writer, François-Marie Arouet, better known as Voltaire – is this line written in truth or jest?