Famous Quotes By Baruch Spinoza


  1. All happiness or unhappiness solely depends upon the quality of the object to which we are attached by love.
  2. Ambition is the immoderate desire for power.
  3. Do not weep do not wax indignant. Understand.
  4. Fear cannot be without hope nor hope without fear.
  5. For peace is not mere absence of war, but is a virtue that springs from, a state of mind, a disposition for benevolence, confidence, justice.
  6. Freedom is absolutely necessary for the progress in science and the liberal arts.
  7. Happiness is a virtue, not its reward.
  8. He alone is free who lives with free consent under the entire guidance of reason.
  9. I do not know how to teach philosophy without becoming a disturber of established religion.
  10. 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.
  11. Nothing exists from whose nature some effect does not follow.
  12. 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.
  13. One and the same thing can at the same time be good, bad, and indifferent, e.g., music is good to the melancholy, bad to those who mourn, and neither good nor bad to the deaf.
  14. Only that thing is free which exists by the necessities of its own nature, and is determined in its actions by itself alone.
  15. Peace is not an absence of war, it is a virtue, a state of mind, a disposition for benevolence, confidence, justice.
  16. Peace is not the absence of war, but a virtue based on strength of character.
  17. The highest activity a human being can attain is learning for understanding, because to understand is to be free.
  18. There is no hope unmingled with fear, and no fear unmingled with hope.
  19. Those who are believed to be most abject and humble are usually most ambitious and envious.
  20. 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.
  21. Whatsoever is contrary to nature is contrary to reason, and whatsoever is contrary to reason is absurd.

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