Quotes by Baruch (Benedict de) Spinoza

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Fear cannot be without hope nor hope without fear.

The highest activity a human being can attain is learning for understanding, because to understand is to be free.
Pride is pleasure arising from a man's thinking too highly of himself.
I have striven not to laugh at human actions, not to weep at them, nor to hate them, but to understand them.
Music is good to the melancholy, bad to those who mourn, and neither good or bad to the deaf.
Peace is not an absence of war, it is a virtue, a state of mind, a disposition for benevolence, confidence, justice.
All excellent things are as difficult as they are rare.
Men govern nothing with more difficulty than their tongues, and can moderate their desires more than their words.
The greatest pride, or the greatest despondency, is the greatest ignorance of one's self.
Those who are believed to be most abject and humble are usually most ambitious and envious.
Only that thing is free which exists by the necessities of its own nature, and is determined in its actions by itself alone.
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.
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.
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.
Will and intellect are one and the same.
There is no individual thing in nature, which is more useful to man, than a man who lives in obedience to reason.
Whatsoever is contrary to nature is contrary to reason, and whatsoever is contrary to reason is absurd.

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