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 :: 1632-1677, Dutch Philosopher and Theologian

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All excellent things are as difficult as they are rare.
~ Baruch (Benedict de) Spinoza - [Perfection]

 

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Desire is the essence of a man.
~ Baruch (Benedict de) Spinoza - [Desire]

 

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Fame has also this great drawback, that if we pursue it, we must direct our lives so as to please the fancy of men.
~ Baruch (Benedict de) Spinoza - [Fame]

 

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Fear cannot be without hope nor hope without fear.
~ Baruch (Benedict de) Spinoza - [Hope]

 

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I have striven not to laugh at human actions, not to weep at them, nor to hate them, but to understand them.
~ Baruch (Benedict de) Spinoza - [Understanding]

 

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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 (Benedict de) Spinoza - [Beauty]

 

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Men govern nothing with more difficulty than their tongues, and can moderate their desires more than their words.
~ Baruch (Benedict de) Spinoza - [Speakers and Speaking]

 

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Music is good to the melancholy, bad to those who mourn, and neither good or bad to the deaf.
~ Baruch (Benedict de) Spinoza - [Music]

 

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None are more taken in by flattery than the proud, who wish to be the first and are not.
~ Baruch (Benedict de) Spinoza - [Flattery]

 

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Only that thing is free which exists by the necessities of its own nature, and is determined in its actions by itself alone.
~ Baruch (Benedict de) Spinoza - [Freedom]

 

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Peace is not an absence of war, it is a virtue, a state of mind, a disposition for benevolence, confidence, justice.
~ Baruch (Benedict de) Spinoza - [Peace]

 

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Pride is pleasure arising from a man's thinking too highly of himself.
~ Baruch (Benedict de) Spinoza - [Pride]

 

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The greatest pride, or the greatest despondency, is the greatest ignorance of one's self.
~ Baruch (Benedict de) Spinoza - [Ignorance]

 

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The highest activity a human being can attain is learning for understanding, because to understand is to be free.
~ Baruch (Benedict de) Spinoza - [Understanding]

 

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Those who are believed to be most abject and humble are usually most ambitious and envious.
~ Baruch (Benedict de) Spinoza - [Humility]

 

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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 (Benedict de) Spinoza - [Aid and Assistance]

 

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We feel and know that we are eternal.
~ Baruch (Benedict de) Spinoza - [Immortality]

 

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Will and intellect are one and the same.
~ Baruch (Benedict de) Spinoza - [Will and Will Power]

 

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