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Spinoza Quotes

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

I call him free who is led solely by reason.

All noble things are as difficult as they are rare.

We feel and know that we are eternal.

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

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

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

God is a thing that thinks.

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.

Blessedness is not the reward of virtue, but virtue itself; neither do we rejoice therein, because we control our lusts, but contrariwise, because we rejoice therein, we are able to control our lusts.

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

Will and intellect are one and the same.

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

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.

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

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

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

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

A definition, if it is to be called perfect, must explain the inmost essence of a thing, and must take care not to substitute for this any of its properties.

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

No one doubts but that we imagine time from the very fact that we imagine other bodies to be moved slower or faster or equally fast. We are accustomed to determine duration by the aid of some measure of motion.

Happiness is a virtue, not its reward. 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. 

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