Baruch Spinoza Quotes

Who was Baruch Spinoza?

Baruch de Spinoza, born Baruch Espinosa was a Dutch philosopher of Portuguese Sephardi origin.

Later as an author and a correspondent he was called Benedictus de Spinoza, anglicized to Benedict de Spinoza.

Born November 24, 1632
Died February 21, 1677
Aged 44 years old

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Best 49 Quotes by Baruch Spinoza – Page 1 of 2

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

“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.”

“Better that right counsels be known to enemies than that the evil secrets of tyrants should be concealed from citizens.”

“Blessed are the weak who think they are good because they have no claws.”

“Citizens are not born, but made.”

“Happiness is not the reward of virtue, but is virtue itself; nor do we delight in happiness because we restrain from our lusts; but on the contrary, because we delight in it, therefore we are able to restrain them.”

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

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“I can control my passions and emotions if I can understand their nature.”

“I do not know how to teach philosophy without becoming a disturber of the peace.”

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

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

“If you want the present to be different from the past, study the past.”

“In practical life we are compelled to follow what is most probable ; in speculative thought we are compelled to follow truth.”

“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.”

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“Nature offers nothing that can be called this man's rather than another's; but under nature everything belongs to all.”

“No matter how thin you slice it, there will always be two sides.”

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“The mind is furnished with ideas by experience alone.”

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“No to laugh, not to lament, not to detest, but to understand.”

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

“Nothing in Nature is random. A thing appears random only through the incompleteness of our knowledge.”

“Only in relation to our imagination can things be called beautiful or ugly, well-ordered or confused.”

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

“Peace is not the absence of war, it is a virtue, a state of mind, a disposition of benevolence, confidence, justice.”

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

“Reason is no match for passion.”

“Self-preservation is the primary and only foundation of virtue.”

“The endeavor to understand is the first and only basis of virtue.”

“The greatest secret of monarchic rule is to keep men deceived and to cloak in the specious name of religion the fear by which they must be checked, so that they will fight for slavery as they would for salvation, and will think it not shameful, but a most honorable achievement, to give their life and blood that one man may have a ground for boasting.”

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

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“The intellectual love of a thing consists in understanding its perfections.”

“The more clearly you understand yourself and your emotions, the more you become a lover of what is.”

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“God would not have made the universe as it is unless He intended us to understand it.”

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