Inspirational Baruch Spinoza Quotes on Life

“Pride is pleasure arising from a man’s thinking too highly of himself.” – Baruch Spinoza

50 Famous Baruch Spinoza Quotes

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

2. “There can be no hope without fear, and no fear without hope.”

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

4. “All things excellent are as difficult as they are rare”

5. “The purpose of the state is really freedom.”

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

7. “Do not weep. Do not wax indignant. Understand.”

8. “Emotion, which is suffering, ceases to be suffering as soon as we form a clear and precise picture of it.”

9. “Everything excellent is as difficult as it is rare.”

10. “Minds, however, are conquered not by arms, but by love and nobility.”

Inspirational Baruch Spinoza Quotes

11. “Reason is no match for passion.”

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

13. “We feel and experience ourselves to be eternal.”

14. “Don’t cry and don’t rage. Understand.”

15. “Everything great is just as difficult to realize as it is rare to find.”

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

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

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

19. “I have striven not to laugh at human actions, not to weep at them, nor to hate them, but to understand them.”

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

21. “Hatred is increased by being reciprocated, and can on the other hand be destroyed by love.”

Baruch Spinoza Quotes About Life

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

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

24. “Happiness is a virtue, not its reward.”

25. “He who has a true idea simultaneously knows that he has a true idea, and cannot doubt of the truth of the thing perceived.”

26. “For all things excellent are as difficult as they are rare.”

27. “The object of the idea constituting the human mind is the body”

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

29. “Reason cannot defeat emotion, an emotion can only be displaced or overcome by a stronger emotion.”

30. “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.”

31. “Blessed are the weak who think they are good because they have no claws.” – Baruch Spinoza

32. “A free man thinks of nothing less than of death, and his wisdom is a meditation, not on death, but on life.”

33. “Will and intellect are one and the same thing.”

34. “By reality and perfection I mean the same thing.”

35. “The mind of God is all the mentality that is scattered over space and time, the diffused consciousness that animates the world.”

36. “I have laboured carefully, not to mock, lament, or execrate, but to understand human actions.”

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

38. “Joy is a man’s passage from a lesser to a greater perfection.”

39. “Tyranny is most violent where individual beliefs, which are an inalienable right, are regarded as criminal.”

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

41. “I call him free who is led solely by reason.”

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

43. “Those who are governed by reason desire nothing for themselves which they do not desire for the rest of humankind.”

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

45. “Things which are accidentally the causes either of hope or fear are called good or evil omens.”

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

47. “A passion seizes to be a passion as soon as we form a clear idea of it.”

48. “A free man thinks of death least of all things, and his wisdom is a meditation not of death but of life.”

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

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

Baruch Spinoza was a philosopher of Portuguese-Jewish origin, born in Amsterdam, the Dutch Republic and mostly known under the Latinizedpen name Benedictus de Spinoza.

One of the foremost and seminal thinkers of the Enlightenment modern biblical criticism, and 17th-century Rationalism, including modern conceptions of the self and the universe, he came to be considered “one of the most important philosophers—and certainly the most radical—of the early modern period”. Inspired by Stoicism, Jewish Rationalism, Machiavelli, Hobbes, Descartes, and a variety of heterodox religious thinkers of his day, Spinoza became a leading philosophical figure of the Dutch Golden Age.

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