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All things excellent are as difficult as they are rare.

All things excellent are as difficult as they are rare.

Those who are believed to be most abject and humble are usually most ambitious and envious.

Those who are believed to be most abject and humble are usually most ambitious and envious.

Happiness is a virtue, not its reward.

Happiness is a virtue, not its reward.

The highest activity a human being can attain is learning for understanding, because to understand is to be free.

The highest activity a human being can attain is learning for understanding, because to understand is to be free.

If you want the present to be different from the past, study the past. ---->>>

To give aid to every poor man is far beyond the reach and power of every man. Care of the poor is incumbent on society as a whole.

To give aid to every poor man is far beyond the reach and power of every man. Care of the poor is incumbent on society as a whole.

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

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

The world would be happier if men had the same capacity to be silent that they have to speak.

The world would be happier if men had the same capacity to be silent that they have to speak.

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

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

I have striven not to laugh at human actions, not to weep at them, nor to hate them, but to understand them. ---->>>

The endeavor to understand is the first and only basis of virtue. ---->>>

Ambition is the immoderate desire for power.

Ambition is the immoderate desire for power.

Peace is not an absence of war, it is a virtue, a state of mind, a disposition for benevolence, confidence, justice.

Peace is not an absence of war, it is a virtue, a state of mind, a disposition for benevolence, confidence, justice.

It may easily come to pass that a vain man may become proud and imagine himself pleasing to all when he is in reality a universal nuisance.

It may easily come to pass that a vain man may become proud and imagine himself pleasing to all when he is in reality a universal nuisance.

There is no hope unmingled with fear, and no fear unmingled with hope.

There is no hope unmingled with fear, and no fear unmingled with hope.

Whatsoever is contrary to nature is contrary to reason, and whatsoever is contrary to reason is absurd. ---->>>

Do not weep; do not wax indignant. Understand.

Do not weep; do not wax indignant. Understand.

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. ---->>>

Pride is pleasure arising from a man's thinking too highly of himself. ---->>>

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

Fear cannot be without hope nor hope without fear.

Fear cannot be without hope nor hope without fear.

Whatsoever is, is in God, and without God nothing can be, or be conceived. ---->>>

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

One and the same thing can at the same time be good, bad, and indifferent, e.g., music is good to the melancholy, bad to those who mourn, and neither good nor bad to the deaf. ---->>>

Nothing in the universe is contingent, but all things are conditioned to exist and operate in a particular manner by the necessity of the divine nature. ---->>>

The greatest pride, or the greatest despondency, is the greatest ignorance of one's self. ---->>>

If men were born free, they would, so long as they remained free, form no conception of good and evil. ---->>>

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. ---->>>

I call him free who is led solely by reason. ---->>>

We feel and know that we are eternal. ---->>>

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

Desire is the essence of a man. ---->>>

Blessedness is not the reward of virtue but virtue itself. ---->>>

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. ---->>>

None are more taken in by flattery than the proud, who wish to be the first and are not. ---->>>

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

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

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

Men govern nothing with more difficulty than their tongues, and can moderate their desires more than their words. ---->>>

Self-complacency is pleasure accompanied by the idea of oneself as cause. ---->>>

True virtue is life under the direction of reason. ---->>>

Will and intellect are one and the same thing. ---->>>

Peace is not the absence of war, but a virtue based on strength of character. ---->>>

Nothing exists from whose nature some effect does not follow.

Nothing exists from whose nature some effect does not follow.

Only that thing is free which exists by the necessities of its own nature, and is determined in its actions by itself alone. ---->>>

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. ---->>>

Sin cannot be conceived in a natural state, but only in a civil state, where it is decreed by common consent what is good or bad. ---->>>

Desire is the very essence of man. ---->>>

Biography

Nationality: Dutch
Born: November 24, 1632
Birthplace: Amsterdam, Dutch Republic
Die: February 21, 1677
Occupation: Philosopher
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Baruch Spinoza (; Dutch: [baːˈrux spɪˈnoːzaː]; born Benedito de Espinosa, Portuguese: [bɨnɨˈðitu ðɨ ʃpiˈnɔzɐ]; 24 November 1632 – 21 February 1677, later Benedict de Spinoza) was a Dutch philosopher of Sephardi/Portuguese origin. By laying the groundwork for the 18th-century Enlightenment and modern biblical criticism, including modern conceptions of the self and the universe, he came to be considered one of the great rationalists of 17th-century philosophy (wikipedia)