71 Total Quotes

Baruch Spinoza Quotes

I have made a ceaseless effort not to ridicule, not to bewail, not to scorn human actions, but to understand them
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For peace is not mere absence of war, but is a virtue that springs from, a state of mind, a disposition for benevolence, confidence, justice
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Peace is not an absence of war, it is a virtue, a state of mind, a disposition for benevolence, confidence, justice.
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Happiness is a virtue, not its reward
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Pride is pleasure arising from a man's thinking too highly of himself.
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Peace is not the absence of war, but a virtue based on strength of character.
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I would warn you that I do not attribute to nature either beauty or deformity, order or confusion. Only in relation to our imagination can things be called beautiful or ugly, well-ordered or confused.
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If you want the present to be different from the past, study the past.
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True virtue is life under the direction of reason
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The highest activity a human being can attain is learning for understanding, because to understand is to be free
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So long as a man imagines that he cannot do this or that, so long as he is determined not to do it; and consequently so long as it is impossible to him that he should do it
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Freedom is absolutely necessary for the progress in science and the liberal arts
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Ambition is the immoderate desire for power.
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He alone is free who lives with free consent under the entire guidance of reason.
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Whatsoever is contrary to nature is contrary to reason, and whatsoever is contrary to reason is absurd.
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Speculation, like nature, abhors a vacuum
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Desire is the essence of a man.
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Fame has also this great drawback, that if we pursue it, we must direct our lives so as to please the fancy of men.
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The world would be happier if men had the same capacity to be silent that they have to speak
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Only that thing is free which exists by the necessities of its own nature, and is determined in its actions by itself alone.
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I do not know how to teach philosophy without becoming a disturber of established religion
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Do not weep. Do not wax indignant. Understand.
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Will and intellect are one and the same thing
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All things excellent are as difficult as they are rare.
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Desire is the very essence of man
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#Desire