Baruch Spinoza Quotes

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Nature abhors a vacuum.

nature

Man is a reasoning animal
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Desire is the essence of man.
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Desire is the very essence of man.

desire

Will and Intellect are one and the same thing.
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True virtue is life under the direction of reason.
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All excellent things are as difficult as they are rare.
— Baruch Spinoza
All things excellent are as difficult as they are rare.

excellence

Blessedness is not the reward of virtue but virtue itself.
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Men govern nothing with more difficulty than their tongues.
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Virtue is action in accord with the laws of man's own nature.
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Nothing exists from whose nature some effect does not follow.
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Minds are conquered not by force, but by love and high-mindedness.
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If you want the present to be different from the past, study the past.
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I have learned not to mock, lament or execrate, but to understand human actions.
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Freedom is absolutely necessary for the progress in science and the liberal arts.
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censorship

Measure, time and number are nothing but modes of thought or rather of imagination.
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When a man is prey to his emotions, he is not the master, but lies at the mercy of fortune.
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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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He who would distinguish the true from the false must have an adequate idea of what is true and false.
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Peace is not an absence of war, it is a virtue, a state of mind, a disposition of 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.
— Baruch Spinoza

peace

It is usually the case with most men that their nature is so constituted that they pity those who fare badly and envy those who fare well.
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One and the same thing can at the same time be good, bad, and indifferent; music is good to the melancholy, bad to those who mourn, and neither good nor bad to the deaf.
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It is part of a wise man to feed himself with moderate pleasant food and drink, and to take pleasure with perfumes, with the beauty of growing plants, dress, music, sports, and theaters.
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Fame has also this great drawback, that if we pursue it we must direct our life in such a way as to please the fancy of men, avoiding what they dislike and seeking what is pleasing to them.