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100 Baruch Spinoza Famous Sayings, Quotes and Quotation.

Baruch Spinoza Sayings: There can be no hope without fear, and no fear without hope. There can be no hope without fear, and no fear without hope.
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Baruch Spinoza Sayings: By that which is self-caused, I mean that of which the essence involves existence, or By that which is self-caused, I mean that of which the essence involves existence, or that of which the nature is only conceivable as existent.
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Baruch Spinoza Sayings: Desire is the essence of a man. Desire is the essence of a man.
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Baruch Spinoza Sayings: Love or hatred towards a thing, which we conceive to be free, must, other things Love or hatred towards a thing, which we conceive to be free, must, other things being similar, be greater than if it were felt towards a thing acting by necessity.
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Baruch Spinoza Sayings: Nothing in Nature is random. A thing appears random only through the incompleteness of our Nothing in Nature is random. A thing appears random only through the incompleteness of our knowledge.
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Baruch Spinoza Sayings: Fear cannot be without hope nor hope without fear. Fear cannot be without hope nor hope without fear.
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Baruch Spinoza Sayings: God is a thing that thinks. God is a thing that thinks.
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Baruch Spinoza Sayings: The endeavor to understand is the first and only basis of virtue. The endeavor to understand is the first and only basis of virtue.
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Baruch Spinoza Sayings: To know the order of nature, and regard the universe as orderly is the highest To know the order of nature, and regard the universe as orderly is the highest function of the mind.
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Baruch Spinoza Sayings: We strive to further the occurrence of whatever we imagine will lead to Joy, and We strive to further the occurrence of whatever we imagine will lead to Joy, and to avert or destroy what we imagine is contrary to it, or will lead to Sadness.
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Baruch Spinoza Sayings: Nothing in the universe is contingent, but all things are conditioned to exist and operate 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.
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Baruch Spinoza Sayings: We feel and know that we are eternal. We feel and know that we are eternal.
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Baruch Spinoza Sayings: If men were born free, they would, so long as they remained free, form no If men were born free, they would, so long as they remained free, form no conception of good and evil.
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Baruch Spinoza Sayings: Emotion, which is called a passivity of the soul, is a confused idea, whereby the Emotion, which is called a passivity of the soul, is a confused idea, whereby the mind affirms concerning its body, or any part thereof, a force for existence (existendi vis) greater or less than before, and by the presence of which the mind is determined to think of one thing rather than another.
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Baruch Spinoza Sayings: Whatsoever is, is in God, and without God nothing can be, or be conceived. Whatsoever is, is in God, and without God nothing can be, or be conceived.
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Baruch Spinoza Sayings: A free man thinks of death least of all things, and his wisdom is a A free man thinks of death least of all things, and his wisdom is a meditation not of death but of life.
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Baruch Spinoza Sayings: Whatever increases, decreases, limits or extends the body's power of action, increases decreases, limits, or Whatever increases, decreases, limits or extends the body's power of action, increases decreases, limits, or extends the mind's power of action. And whatever increases, decreases, limits, or extends the mind's power of action, also increases, decreases, limits, or extends the body's power of action.
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Baruch Spinoza Sayings: As men's habits of mind differ, so that some more readily embrace one form of As men's habits of mind differ, so that some more readily embrace one form of faith, some another, for what moves one to pray may move another to scoff, I conclude that everyone should be free to choose for himself the foundations of his creed, and that faith should be judged only by its fruits.
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Baruch Spinoza Sayings: Self-preservation is the primary and only foundation of virtue. Self-preservation is the primary and only foundation of virtue.
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Baruch Spinoza Sayings: A man is as much affected pleasurably or painfully by the image of a thing A man is as much affected pleasurably or painfully by the image of a thing past or future as by the image of a thing present.
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Baruch Spinoza Sayings: If facts conflict with a theory, either the theory must be changed or the facts. If facts conflict with a theory, either the theory must be changed or the facts.
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Baruch Spinoza Sayings: Ambition is the immoderate desire for power. Ambition is the immoderate desire for power.
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Baruch Spinoza Sayings: What Paul says about Peter tells us more about Paul than about Peter What Paul says about Peter tells us more about Paul than about Peter
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Baruch Spinoza Sayings: Peace is not the absence of war, but a virtue based on strength of character. Peace is not the absence of war, but a virtue based on strength of character.
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Baruch Spinoza Sayings: Men who are ruled by reason desire nothing for themselves which they would not wish Men who are ruled by reason desire nothing for themselves which they would not wish for all mankind.
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Baruch Spinoza Sayings: 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.
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Baruch Spinoza Sayings: Peace is not the absence of war, it is a virtue, a state of mind, Peace is not the absence of war, it is a virtue, a state of mind, a disposition of benevolence, confidence, justice.
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Baruch Spinoza Sayings: 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.
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Baruch Spinoza Sayings: Big fish eat small fish with as much right as they have power. Big fish eat small fish with as much right as they have power.
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Baruch Spinoza Sayings: A free man, who lives among ignorant people, tries as much as he can to A free man, who lives among ignorant people, tries as much as he can to refuse their benefits.. He who lives under the guidance of reason endeavours as much as possible to repay his fellow's hatred, rage, contempt, etc. with love and nobleness.
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Baruch Spinoza Sayings: Men, in so far as they live in obedience to reason necessarily do only such Men, in so far as they live in obedience to reason necessarily do only such things as are necessarily good for human nature, and consequently for each individual man.
Baruch Spinoza Sayings: The more we understand individual things, the more we understand God. The more we understand individual things, the more we understand God.
Baruch Spinoza Sayings: I have striven not to laugh at human actions, not to weep at them, nor I have striven not to laugh at human actions, not to weep at them, nor to hate them, but to understand them.
Baruch Spinoza Sayings: God is not He who is, but That which is. God is not He who is, but That which is.
Baruch Spinoza Sayings: Men are especially intolerant of serving and being ruled by, their equals. Men are especially intolerant of serving and being ruled by, their equals.
Baruch Spinoza Sayings: Minds, however, are conquered not by arms, but by love and nobility. Minds, however, are conquered not by arms, but by love and nobility.
Baruch Spinoza Sayings: I do not believe anyone has reached such perfection, surpassing all others, except Christ, to I do not believe anyone has reached such perfection, surpassing all others, except Christ, to whom God immediately revealed - without words or visions - the conditions which lead to
salvation.
Baruch Spinoza Sayings: Don't cry and don't rage. Understand. Don't cry and don't rage. Understand.
Baruch Spinoza Sayings: He who wishes to revenge injuries by reciprocal hatred will live in misery. But he He who wishes to revenge injuries by reciprocal hatred will live in misery. But he who endeavors to drive away hatred by means of love, fights with pleasure and confidence; he resists equally one or many men, and scarcely needs at all the help of fortune. Those whom he conquers yield joyfully
Baruch Spinoza Sayings: There is no fear without some hope, and no hope without some fear. There is no fear without some hope, and no hope without some fear.
Baruch Spinoza Sayings: Those who are believed to be most abject and humble are usually most ambitious and Those who are believed to be most abject and humble are usually most ambitious and envious.
Baruch Spinoza Sayings: The real disturbers of the peace are those who, in a free state, seek to The real disturbers of the peace are those who, in a free state, seek to curtail the liberty of judgment which they are unable to tyrannize over.
Baruch Spinoza Sayings: Nothing exists from whose nature some effect does not follow. Nothing exists from whose nature some effect does not follow.
Baruch Spinoza Sayings: Simply from the fact that we have regarded a thing with the emotion of pleasure Simply from the fact that we have regarded a thing with the emotion of pleasure or pain, though that thing be not the efficient cause of the emotion, we can either love or hate it.
Baruch Spinoza Sayings: True knowledge of good and evil as we possess is merely abstract or general, and True knowledge of good and evil as we possess is merely abstract or general, and the judgment which we pass on the order of things and the connection of causes, with a view to determining what is good or bad for us in the present, is rather imaginary than real.
Baruch Spinoza Sayings: I say expressly, that the mind has not an adequate but only a confused knowledge I say expressly, that the mind has not an adequate but only a confused knowledge of itself, its own body, and of external bodies, whenever it perceives things after the common order of nature; that is, whenever it is determined from without, namely, by the fortuitous play of circumstance, to regard this or that; not at such times as it is determined from within, that is, by the fact of regarding several things at once, to understand their points of agreement, difference, and contrast. Whenever it is determined in anywise from within, it regards things clearly and distinctly, as I will show below.
Baruch Spinoza Sayings: All laws which can be violated without doing any one any injury are laughed at. All laws which can be violated without doing any one any injury are laughed at. Nay, so far are they from doing anything to control the desires and passions of men that, on the contrary, they direct and incite men's thoughts the more toward those very objects, for we always strive toward what is forbidden and desire the things we are not allowed to have. And men of leisure are never deficient in the ingenuity needed to enable them to outwit laws framed to regulate things which cannot be entirely forbidden ... He who tries to determine everything by law will foment crime rather than lessen it.
Baruch Spinoza Sayings: Peace is not an absence of war, it is a virtue, a state of mind, Peace is not an absence of war, it is a virtue, a state of mind, a disposition for benevolence, confidence, justice.
Baruch Spinoza Sayings: He who, while unacquainted with these writings, nevertheless knows by the natural light that there He who, while unacquainted with these writings, nevertheless knows by the natural light that there is a God having the attributes we have recounted, and who also pursues a true way of life, is altogether blessed.
Baruch Spinoza Sayings: To give aid to every poor man is far beyond the reach and power of 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.
Baruch Spinoza Sayings: The purpose of the state is really freedom. The purpose of the state is really freedom.
Baruch Spinoza Sayings: Everyone has as much right as he has might. Everyone has as much right as he has might.
Baruch Spinoza Sayings: The body is affected by the image of the thing, in the same way as The body is affected by the image of the thing, in the same way as if the thing were actually present.
Baruch Spinoza Sayings: Freedom is self-determination. Freedom is self-determination.
Baruch Spinoza Sayings: Laws which can be broken without any wrong to one's neighbor are a laughing-stock; and Laws which can be broken without any wrong to one's neighbor are a laughing-stock; and such laws, instead of restraining the appetites and lusts of mankind, serve rather to heighten them. Nitimur in vetitum semper, cupimusque negata [we always resist prohibitions, and yearn for what is denied us].
Baruch Spinoza Sayings: The less the mind understands and the more things it perceives, the greater its power The less the mind understands and the more things it perceives, the greater its power of feigning is; and the more things it understands, the more that power is diminished.
Baruch Spinoza Sayings: Reason is no match for passion. Reason is no match for passion.
Baruch Spinoza Sayings: I have resolved to demonstrate by a certain and undoubted course of argument, or to I have resolved to demonstrate by a certain and undoubted course of argument, or to deduce from the very condition of human nature, not what is new and unheard of, but only such things as
agree best with practice.
Baruch Spinoza Sayings: God and all attributes of God are eternal. God and all attributes of God are eternal.
Baruch Spinoza Sayings: Men are mistaken in thinking themselves free; their opinion is made up of consciousness of Men are mistaken in thinking themselves free; their opinion is made up of consciousness of their own actions, and ignorance of the causes by which they are determined.
Baruch Spinoza Sayings: All happiness or unhappiness solely depends upon the quality of the object to which we All happiness or unhappiness solely depends upon the quality of the object to which we are attached by love.
Baruch Spinoza Sayings: Those who wish to seek out the cause of miracles, and to understand the things Those who wish to seek out the cause of miracles, and to understand the things of nature as philosophers, and not to stare at them in astonishment like fools, are soon considered heretical and impious, and proclaimed as such by those whom the mob adores as the interpreters of nature and the gods. For these men know that, once ignorance is put aside, that wonderment would be taken away, which is the only means by which their authority is preserved.
Baruch Spinoza Sayings: It is sure that those are most desirous of honour or glory who cry out It is sure that those are most desirous of honour or glory who cry out loudest of its abuse and the vanity of the world.
Baruch Spinoza Sayings: If a man had begun to hate an object of his love, so that love If a man had begun to hate an object of his love, so that love is thoroughly destroyed, he will, causes being equal, regard it with more hatred than if he had never loved it, and his hatred will be in proportion to the strength of his former love.
Baruch Spinoza Sayings: But if men would give heed to the nature of substance they would doubt less But if men would give heed to the nature of substance they would doubt less concerning the Proposition that Existence appertains to the nature of substance: rather they would reckon it an axiom above all others, and hold it among common opinions. For then by substance they would understand that which is in itself, and through itself is conceived, or rather that whose knowledge does not depend on the knowledge of any other thing.
Baruch Spinoza Sayings: In proportion as we endeavor to live according to the guidance of reason, shall we In proportion as we endeavor to live according to the guidance of reason, shall we strive as much as possible to depend less on hope, to liberate ourselves from fear, to rule fortune, and to direct our actions by the sure counsels of reason.
Baruch Spinoza Sayings: Men believe themselves to be free, simply because they are conscious of their actions, and Men believe themselves to be free, simply because they are conscious of their actions, and unconscious of the causes whereby those actions are determined.
Baruch Spinoza Sayings: Hatred is increased by being reciprocated, and can on the other hand be destroyed by Hatred is increased by being reciprocated, and can on the other hand be destroyed by love. Hatred which is completely vanquished by love, passes into love; and love is thereupon greater, than id hatred had not preceded it.
Baruch Spinoza Sayings: Better that right counsels be known to enemies than that the evil secrets of tyrants Better that right counsels be known to enemies than that the evil secrets of tyrants should be concealed from citizens.
Baruch Spinoza Sayings: To understand something is to be delivered of it. To understand something is to be delivered of it.
Baruch Spinoza Sayings: Emotion, which is suffering, ceases to be suffering as soon as we form a clear Emotion, which is suffering, ceases to be suffering as soon as we form a clear and precise picture of it.
Baruch Spinoza Sayings: Such things as are good simply because they have been commanded or instituted, or as Such things as are good simply because they have been commanded or instituted, or as being symbols of something good, are mere shadows which cannot be reckoned among actions that are the offspring, as it were, or fruit of a sound mind and of intellect.
Baruch Spinoza Sayings: Nothing in nature is by chance ... Something appears to be chance only because of Nothing in nature is by chance ... Something appears to be chance only because of our lack of knowledge.
Baruch Spinoza Sayings: Every person should embrace those [dogmas] that he, being the best judge of himself, feels Every person should embrace those [dogmas] that he, being the best judge of himself, feels will do most to strengthen in him love of justice.
Baruch Spinoza Sayings: All is One (Nature, God) All is One (Nature, God)
Baruch Spinoza Sayings: I have tried sedulously not to laugh at the acts of man, nor to lament I have tried sedulously not to laugh at the acts of man, nor to lament them, nor to detest them, but to understand them.
Baruch Spinoza Sayings: True piety for the universe but no time for religions made for man's convenience. True piety for the universe but no time for religions made for man's convenience.
Baruch Spinoza Sayings: Faith is nothing but obedience and piety. Faith is nothing but obedience and piety.
Baruch Spinoza Sayings: For though men be ignorant, yet they are men For though men be ignorant, yet they are men
Baruch Spinoza Sayings: We are so constituted by Nature that we easily believe the things we hope for, We are so constituted by Nature that we easily believe the things we hope for, but believe only with difficulty those we fear, and that we regard such things more or less highly than is just. This is the source of the superstitions by which men everywhere are troubled. For the rest, I don
Baruch Spinoza Sayings: Let unswerving integrity be your watchword. Let unswerving integrity be your watchword.
Baruch Spinoza Sayings: Of all the things that are beyond my power, I value nothing more highly than Of all the things that are beyond my power, I value nothing more highly than to be allowed the honor of entering into bonds of friendship with people who sincerely love truth. For, of things beyond our power, I believe there is nothing in the world which we can love with tranquility except such men.
Baruch Spinoza Sayings: The terms good and bad indicate no positive quality in things regarded in themselves, but The terms good and bad indicate no positive quality in things regarded in themselves, but are merely modes of thinking or notions, which we form from the comparison of things one with another. Thus one and the same thing can be at the same time good, bad, and indifferent. For instance, music is good for him that is melancholy, bad for him that mourns; for him that is deaf; it is neither good nor bad.
Baruch Spinoza Sayings: Everything excellent is as difficult as it is rare. Everything excellent is as difficult as it is rare.
Baruch Spinoza Sayings: Everything in nature is a cause from which there flows some effect. Everything in nature is a cause from which there flows some effect.
Baruch Spinoza Sayings: Things are not more or less perfect, according as they delight or offend human senses, Things are not more or less perfect, according as they delight or offend human senses, or according as they are serviceable or repugnant to mankind.
Baruch Spinoza Sayings: Since love of God is the highest felicity and happiness of man, his final end Since love of God is the highest felicity and happiness of man, his final end and the aim of all his actions, it follows that he alone observes the divine law who is concerned to love God not from fear of punishment nor love of something else, such as pleasure, fame, ect., but from the single fact that he knows God, or that he knows that the knowledge and love of God is the highest good
Baruch Spinoza Sayings: Human infirmity in moderating and checking the emotions I name bondage : for, when a Human infirmity in moderating and checking the emotions I name bondage : for, when a man is a prey to his emotions, he is not his own master, but lies at the mercy of fortune : so much so, that he is often compelled, while seeing that which is better for him, to follow that which is worse.
Baruch Spinoza Sayings: Philosophers conceive of the passions which harass us as vices into which men fall by Philosophers conceive of the passions which harass us as vices into which men fall by their own fault, and, therefore, generally deride, bewail, or blame them, or execrate them, if they
wish to seem unusually pious.
Baruch Spinoza Sayings: I should attempt to treat human vice and folly geometrically ... the passions of hatred, I should attempt to treat human vice and folly geometrically ... the passions of hatred, anger, envy, and so on, considered in themselves, follow from the necessity and efficacy of nature ... I shall, therefore, treat the nature and strength of the emotion in exactly the same manner, as though I were concerned with lines, planes, and solids.
Baruch Spinoza Sayings: Scriptural doctrine contains not abstruse speculation or philosophic reasoning, but very simple matters able to Scriptural doctrine contains not abstruse speculation or philosophic reasoning, but very simple matters able to be understood by the most sluggish mind.
Baruch Spinoza Sayings: Everyone is by absolute natural right the master of his own thoughts, and thus utter Everyone is by absolute natural right the master of his own thoughts, and thus utter failure will attend any attempt in a commonwealth to force men to speak only as prescribed by the sovereign despite their different and opposing opinions.
Baruch Spinoza Sayings: [Believers] are but triflers who, when they cannot explain a thing, run back to the [Believers] are but triflers who, when they cannot explain a thing, run back to the will of God; this is, truly, a ridiculous way of expressing ignorance.
Baruch Spinoza Sayings: He who has a true idea, knows at that same time that he has a He who has a true idea, knows at that same time that he has a true idea, nor can he doubt concerning the truth of the thing.
Baruch Spinoza Sayings: The formation of society serves not only for defensive purposes, but is also very useful, The formation of society serves not only for defensive purposes, but is also very useful, and, indeed, absolutely necessary, as rendering possible the division of labor. If men did not render mutual assistance to each other, no one would have either the skill or the time to provide for his own sustenance and preservation: for all men are not equally apt for all work, and no one would be capable of preparing all that he individually stood in need of. Strength and time, I repeat, would fail, if every one had in person to plow, to sow, to reap, to grind corn, to cook, to weave, to stitch and perform the other numerous functions required to keep life going; to say nothing of the arts and sciences which are also entirely necessary to the perfection and blessedness of human nature.
Baruch Spinoza Sayings: Men govern nothing with more difficulty than their tongues, and can moderate their desires more Men govern nothing with more difficulty than their tongues, and can moderate their desires more than their words.
Baruch Spinoza Sayings: If we conceive that anyone loves, desires, or hates anything which we ourselves love, desire, If we conceive that anyone loves, desires, or hates anything which we ourselves love, desire, or hate, we shall thereupon regard the thing in question with more steadfast love, etc. On the contrary, if we think that anyone shrinks from something that we love, we shall undergo vacillation of the soul.
Baruch Spinoza Sayings: He who regulates everything by laws, is more likely to arouse vices than reform them. He who regulates everything by laws, is more likely to arouse vices than reform them.
Baruch Spinoza Sayings: I would warn you that I do not attribute to nature either beauty or deformity, 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.
Baruch Spinoza Sayings: The good which every man, who follows after virtue, desires for himself he will also The good which every man, who follows after virtue, desires for himself he will also desire for other men ...