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Baruch Spinoza Quotes

All happiness or unhappiness solely depends upon the quality of the object to which we are attached by love.

All noble things are as difficult as they are rare.

All things excellent are as difficult as they are rare.

Ambition is the immoderate desire for power.

Be not astonished at new ideas; for it is well known to you that a thing does not therefore cease to be true because it is not accepted by many.

Blessedness is not the reward of virtue but virtue itself.

Desire is the essence of a man.

Desire is the very essence of man.

Do not weep; do not wax indignant. Understand.

Fame has also this great drawback, that if we pursue it, we must direct our lives so as to please the fancy of men.

Fear cannot be without hope nor hope without fear.

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.

Freedom is absolutely necessary for the progress in science and the liberal arts.

God is the indwelling and not the transient cause of all things.

Happiness is a virtue, not its reward.

He alone is free who lives with free consent under the entire guidance of reason.

How would it be possible if salvation were ready to our hand, and could without great labor be found, that it should be by almost all men neglected? But all things excellent are as difficult as they are rare.

I call him free who is led solely by reason.

I do not know how to teach philosophy without becoming a disturber of established religion.

I have made a ceaseless effort not to ridicule, not to bewail, not to scorn human actions, but to understand them.