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Baruch Spinoza Quotes

Please enjoy these encouraging quotes by Baruch Spinoza.

To be what we are,
and to become what we are capable of becoming,
is the only end in life.
- Baruch Spinoza

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Fear cannot be without hope nor hope without fear.
- Baruch Spinoza

Ambition is the immoderate desire for power.
- Baruch Spinoza

Do not weep; do not wax indignant.
Understand.
- Baruch Spinoza

 

Peace is not an absence of war, it is a virtue,
a state of mind, a disposition for benevolence,
confidence, justice.
- Baruch Spinoza

Whatsoever is, is in God, and without God nothing can be,
or be conceived.
- Baruch Spinoza

Will and intellect are one and the same thing.
- Baruch Spinoza

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

All things excellent are as difficult as they are rare.
- Baruch Spinoza

There is no hope unmingled with fear,
and no fear unmingled with hope.
- Baruch Spinoza

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

Self-complacency is pleasure accompanied by the idea of oneself as cause.
- Baruch Spinoza

Desire is the essence of a man.
- Baruch Spinoza

The endeavor to understand is the first and only basis of virtue.
- Baruch Spinoza

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

Happiness is a virtue, not its reward.
- Baruch Spinoza

We feel and know that we are eternal.
- Baruch Spinoza

Nothing exists from whose nature some effect does not follow.
- Baruch Spinoza

All noble things are as difficult as they are rare.
- Baruch Spinoza

Blessedness is not the reward of virtue but virtue itself.
- Baruch Spinoza

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

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

I call him free who is led solely by reason.
- Baruch Spinoza

True virtue is life under the direction of reason.
- Baruch Spinoza

The highest activity a human being can attain is learning for understanding,
because to understand is to be free.
- Baruch Spinoza

Men govern nothing with more difficulty than their tongues,
and can moderate their desires more than their words.
- Baruch Spinoza

I have striven not to laugh at human actions,
not to weep at them, nor to hate them,
but to understand them.
- Baruch Spinoza

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.
- Baruch Spinoza

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

All happiness or unhappiness solely depends upon the
quality of the object to which we are attached by love.
- Baruch Spinoza

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 Spinoza

None are more taken in by flattery than the proud,
who wish to be the first and are not.
- Baruch Spinoza

Whatsoever is contrary to nature is contrary to reason,
and whatsoever is contrary to reason is absurd.
- Baruch Spinoza

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.
- Baruch Spinoza

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

Those who are believed to be most abject and humble
are usually most ambitious and envious.
- Baruch Spinoza

Sin cannot be conceived in a natural state,
but only in a civil state, where it is decreed by common
consent what is good or bad.
- Baruch Spinoza

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 Spinoza

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

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

So long as a man imagines that he cannot do this or that,
so long as he is determined not to do it;
and consequently so long as it is impossible to him that he should do it.
- Baruch Spinoza

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

Only that thing is free which exists by the necessities of its own nature,
and is determined in its actions by itself alone.
- Baruch Spinoza

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

How would it be possible if salvation were ready to our hand,
and could without great labor be found,
that it should be by almost all men neglected? But
all things excellent are as difficult as they are rare.
- Baruch Spinoza

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

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

When the vast cathedral of our being
becomes a sanctuary for all creation,
we become the face of God.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Our lives begin to end the day we become silent
about things that matter.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

The jump is so frightening
between where I am,
and where I want to be.
Because of all I may become,
I will close my eyes and leap.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Have the courage to follow your heart and intuition -
they somehow already know what you truly want to become.
- Steve Jobs

If I try to be like him, who will be like me?
- Yiddish proverb

Appreciate again and again, freshly and naively,
the basic goods of life, with awe,
pleasure, wonder and even ecstasy,
however stale these experiences may have become to others.
- Abraham Maslow

Pay attention to rainbows, and snowflakes,
butterflies and the songs of birds,
the crash of storm-driven waves
and the mirror-surface of a quiet pond.
Let the depths of nature become a part of your innermost being.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

We must become the change we wish to see in the world.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.
- e. e. cummings

What we think, we become.
All that we are arises with our thoughts.
With our thoughts, we make the world.
- The Buddha

We are shaped by our thoughts;
we become what we think.
When the mind is pure, joy follows
like a shadow that never leaves.
- The Buddha

Great people are those who make others feel
that they, too, can become great.
- Mark Twain

May Your Most Beautiful Dreams Become Your Reality.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

By having a reverence for life,
we enter into a spiritual relation with the world.
By practicing reverence for life we become good, deep, and alive.
- Albert Schweitzer

Watch your thoughts, for they become words.
Watch your words, for they become actions.
Watch your actions, for they become habits.
Watch your habits, for they become character.
Watch your character, for it becomes your destiny.
- Anonymous

Dare to dream of your great success.
Become intimate with those things
which deeply motivate you
and regularly work toward
the realization of that mission.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Learn to become still. And to take your attention
away from what you don't want, and all the emotional charge around it,
and place your attention on what you wish to experience.
- Michael Beckwith

It is not what we get.
But who we become, what we contribute...
that gives meaning to our lives.
- Tony Robbins

When you find peace within yourself,
you become the kind of person who can live at peace with others.
- Peace Pilgrim

We become not a melting pot but a beautiful mosaic.
Different people, different beliefs,
different yearnings, different hopes, different dreams.
- Jimmy Carter

If your actions inspire others to dream more,
learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.
- John Quincy Adams

You become what you think about.
- Earl Nightingale

You must not lose faith in humanity.
Humanity is an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty,
the ocean does not become dirty.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

The highest reward for a person's toil
is not what they get for it,
but what they become by it.
- John Ruskin


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