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Baruch Spinoza Quotes: "The most tyrannical of governments are those which make crimes of opinions, for everyone has an inalienable right to his thoughts."

The most tyrannical of governments are those which make crimes of opinions, for everyone has an inalienable right to his thoughts.




Baruch Spinoza Quotes: "If you want the present to be different from the past, study the past."

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




Baruch Spinoza Quotes: "No matter how thin you slice it, there will always be two sides."

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



Baruch Spinoza Quotes: "Reason connot defeat emotion, an emotion can only be displaced or overcome by a stronger emotion."

Reason connot defeat emotion, an emotion can only be displaced or overcome by a stronger emotion.




Baruch Spinoza Quotes: "Nothing in nature is by chance... Something appears to be chance only because of our lack of knowledge."

Nothing in nature is by chance... Something appears to be chance only because of our lack of knowledge.



Baruch Spinoza Quotes: "The more clearly you understand yourself and your emotions, the more you become a lover of what is."

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



Baruch Spinoza Quotes: "Men believe themselves to be free, simply because they are conscious of their actions, and unconscious of the causes whereby those actions are determined."

Men believe themselves to be free, simply because they are conscious of their actions, and unconscious of the causes whereby those actions are determined.




Baruch Spinoza Quotes: "The world would be happier if men had the same capacity to be silent that they have to speak."

The world would be happier if men had the same capacity to be silent that they have to speak.



Baruch Spinoza Quotes: "The highest endeavor of the mind, and the highest virtue, it to understand things by intuition."

The highest endeavor of the mind, and the highest virtue, it to understand things by intuition.



Baruch Spinoza Quotes: "I have made a ceaseless effort not to ridicule, not to bewail, not to scorn human actions, but to understand them."

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



Baruch Spinoza Quotes: "Philosophy has no end in view save truth; faith looks for nothing but obedience and piety."

Philosophy has no end in view save truth; faith looks for nothing but obedience and piety.



Baruch Spinoza Quotes: "What Paul says about Peter tells us more about Paul than about Peter."

What Paul says about Peter tells us more about Paul than about Peter.




Baruch Spinoza Quotes: "[Believers] are but triflers who, when they cannot explain a thing, run back to the will of God; this is, truly, a ridiculous way of expressing ignorance."

[Believers] are but triflers who, when they cannot explain a thing, run back to the will of God; this is, truly, a ridiculous way of expressing ignorance.



Baruch Spinoza Quotes: "I do not know how to teach philosophy without becoming a disturber of established religion."

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



Baruch Spinoza Quotes: "What everyone wants from life is continuous and genuine happiness."

What everyone wants from life is continuous and genuine happiness.



Baruch Spinoza Quotes: "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."

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.



Baruch Spinoza Quotes: "He who seeks equality between unequals seeks an absurdity."

He who seeks equality between unequals seeks an absurdity.



Baruch Spinoza Quotes: "Academies that are founded at public expense are instituted not so much to cultivate men's natural abilities as to restrain them."

Academies that are founded at public expense are instituted not so much to cultivate men's natural abilities as to restrain them.



Baruch Spinoza Quotes: "When a man is prey to his emotions, he is not his own master."

When a man is prey to his emotions, he is not his own master.



Baruch Spinoza Quotes: "We feel and know that we are eternal."

We feel and know that we are eternal.



Baruch Spinoza Quotes: "God is the indwelling and not the transient cause of all things."

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



Baruch Spinoza Quotes: "Superstition, then, is engendered, preserved, and fostered by fear."

Superstition, then, is engendered, preserved, and fostered by fear.



Baruch Spinoza Quotes: "Whatsoever is contrary to nature is contrary to reason, and whatsoever is contrary to reason is absurd."

Whatsoever is contrary to nature is contrary to reason, and whatsoever is contrary to reason is absurd.



Baruch Spinoza Quotes: "In the state of nature, wrong-doing is impossible ; or, if anyone does wrong, it is to himself, not to another."

In the state of nature, wrong-doing is impossible ; or, if anyone does wrong, it is to himself, not to another.



Baruch Spinoza Quotes: "He who loves God cannot endeavor that God should love him in return."

He who loves God cannot endeavor that God should love him in return.



Baruch Spinoza Quotes: "Do not weep; do not wax indignant. Understand."

Do not weep; do not wax indignant. Understand.



Baruch Spinoza Quotes: "If facts conflict with a theory, either the theory must be changed or the facts."

If facts conflict with a theory, either the theory must be changed or the facts.



Baruch Spinoza Quotes: "It may easily come to pass that a vain man may become proud and imagine himself pleasing to all when he is in reality a universal nuisance."

It may easily come to pass that a vain man may become proud and imagine himself pleasing to all when he is in reality a universal nuisance.



Baruch Spinoza Quotes: "Nature has no goal in view, and final causes are only human imaginings."

Nature has no goal in view, and final causes are only human imaginings.



Baruch Spinoza Quotes: "Freedom is self-determination."

Freedom is self-determination.



Baruch Spinoza Quotes: "Schisms do not originate in a love of truth, which is a source of courtesy and gentleness, but rather in an inordinate desire for supremacy."

Schisms do not originate in a love of truth, which is a source of courtesy and gentleness, but rather in an inordinate desire for supremacy.



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

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



Baruch Spinoza Quotes: "We must take care not to admit as true anything, which is only probable. For when one falsity has been let in, infinite others follow."

We must take care not to admit as true anything, which is only probable. For when one falsity has been let in, infinite others follow.



Baruch Spinoza Quotes: "Those who know the true use of money, and regulate the measure of wealth according to their needs, live contented with few things."

Those who know the true use of money, and regulate the measure of wealth according to their needs, live contented with few things.



Baruch Spinoza Quotes: "Men who are ruled by reason desire nothing for themselves which they would not wish for all mankind."

Men who are ruled by reason desire nothing for themselves which they would not wish for all mankind.



Baruch Spinoza Quotes: "Freedom is absolutely necessary for the progress in science and the liberal arts."

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



Baruch Spinoza Quotes: "Love is pleasure accompanied by the idea of an external cause, and hatred pain accompanied by the idea of an external cause."

Love is pleasure accompanied by the idea of an external cause, and hatred pain accompanied by the idea of an external cause.



Baruch Spinoza Quotes: "Sadness diminishes a man's powers"

Sadness diminishes a man's powers



Baruch Spinoza Quotes: "Desire nothing for yourself, which you do not desire for others."

Desire nothing for yourself, which you do not desire for others.



Baruch Spinoza Quotes: "Peace is not the absence of war, but a virtue based on strength of character."

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



Baruch Spinoza Quotes: "A good thing which prevents us from enjoying a greater good is in truth an evil."

A good thing which prevents us from enjoying a greater good is in truth an evil.



Baruch Spinoza Quotes: "The greatest good is the knowledge of the union which the mind has with the whole nature."

The greatest good is the knowledge of the union which the mind has with the whole nature.



Baruch Spinoza Quotes: "There is no hope unmingled with fear, and no fear unmingled with hope."

There is no hope unmingled with fear, and no fear unmingled with hope.



Baruch Spinoza Quotes: "God is not He who is, but That which is."

God is not He who is, but That which is.



Baruch Spinoza Quotes: "He alone is free who lives with free consent under the entire guidance of reason."

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



Baruch Spinoza Quotes: "The greatest pride, or the greatest despondency, is the greatest ignorance of one's self."

The greatest pride, or the greatest despondency, is the greatest ignorance of one's self.



Baruch Spinoza Quotes: "Pride is pleasure arising from a man's thinking too highly of himself."

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



Baruch Spinoza Quotes: "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."

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.



Baruch Spinoza Quotes: "In practical life we are compelled to follow what is most probable ; in speculative thought we are compelled to follow truth."

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