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
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The greatest pride, or the greatest despondency, is the greatest ignorance of one's self.
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.
Pride is pleasure arising from a man's thinking too highly of himself.
Fear cannot be without hope nor hope without fear.
The highest activity a human being can attain is learning for understanding, because to understand is to be free.
Those who are believed to be most abject and humble are usually most ambitious and envious.
None are more taken in by flattery than the proud, who wish to be the first and are not.
Desire is the essence of a man.
I have striven not to laugh at human actions, not to weep at them, nor to hate them, but to understand them.
Fame has also this great drawback, that if we pursue it, we must direct our lives so as to please the fancy of men.
Music is good to the melancholy, bad to those who mourn, and neither good or bad to the deaf.
Will and intellect are one and the same.
We feel and know that we are eternal.
Men govern nothing with more difficulty than their tongues, and can moderate their desires more than their words.
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.
Only that thing is free which exists by the necessities of its own nature, and is determined in its actions by itself alone.
The ultimate aim of government is not to rule, or restrain, by fear, nor to exact obedience, but contrariwise, to free every man from fear, that he may live in all possible security; in other words, to strengthen his natural right to exist and work without injury to himself or others.No, the object of government is not to change men from rational beings into beasts or puppets, but to enable them to develop their minds and bodies in security, and to employ their reason unshackled; neither showing hatred, anger, or deceit, nor watched with the eyes of jealousy and injustice. In fact, the true aim of government is liberty.
We are so constituted by Nature that we easily believe the things we hope for, but believe only with difficulty those we fear, and that we regard such things more or less highly than is just. This is the source of the superstitions by which men everywhere are troubled. For the rest, I don
But if men would give heed to the nature of substance they would doubt less concerning the Proposition that Existence appertains to the nature of substance: rather they would reckon it an axiom above all others, and hold it among common opinions. For then by substance they would understand that which is in itself, and through itself is conceived, or rather that whose knowledge does not depend on the knowledge of any other thing.
Peace is not an absence of war, it is a virtue, a state of mind, a disposition for benevolence, confidence, justice.