Baruch Spinoza Quotes

Baruch Spinoza quotes
Baruch Spinoza

Baruch Spinoza (24 November 1632 – 21 February 1677) was a Dutch philosopher. Baruch Spinoza is famous for the elaborate development of his monist philosophy, which has become known as Spinozism. The breadth and importance of his work was fully realized after many year’s from his death. His ideas have inspired many great personalities such as Albert Einstein, Sigmund Freud, Leibniz and many more.

Below is a list of Inspirational Baruch Spinoza quotes.

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

“If you want the present to be different from the past, study the past.”
― Baruch Spinoza

“The more you struggle to live, the less you live. Give up the notion that you must be sure of what you are doing. Instead, surrender to what is real within you, for that alone is sure….you are above everything distressing.”
― Baruch Spinoza quotes

“Nature is satisfied with little; and if she is, I am also.”
― Baruch Spinoza

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

“Everything excellent is as difficult as it is rare.”
― Baruch Spinoza

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

“No matter how thin you slice it, there will always be two sides.”
― Baruch Spinoza quotes

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

“Do not weep. Do not wax indignant. Understand.”
― 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 quotes

“The endeavor to understand is the first and only basis of virtue.”
― Baruch Spinoza

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

“In so far as the mind sees things in their eternal aspect, it participates in eternity.”
― Baruch Spinoza

“If slavery, barbarism and desolation are to be called peace, men can have no worse misfortune.”
― Baruch Spinoza

“A free man thinks of death least of all things; and his wisdom is a meditation not of death but of life.”
― Baruch Spinoza quotes

“What Paul says about Peter tells us more about Paul than about Peter.”
― Baruch Spinoza

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

“Self-preservation is the primary and only foundation of virtue.”
― 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

“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 quotes

“I make this chief distinction between religion and superstition, that the latter is founded on ignorance, the former on knowledge.”
― Baruch Spinoza

“There is no hope unmingled with fear, and no fear unmingled with hope.”
― Baruch Spinoza

“In the state of nature, wrong-doing is impossible ; or, if anyone does wrong, it is to himself, not to another.”
― Baruch Spinoza quotes

“I do not presume that I have found the best philosophy, I know that I understand the true philosophy.”
― Baruch Spinoza

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

“Happiness is not the reward of virtue, but is virtue itself; nor do we delight in happiness because we restrain from our lusts; but on the contrary, because we delight in it, therefore we are able to restrain them.”
― Baruch Spinoza

“Will and intellect are one and the same thing.”
― Baruch Spinoza

“Nature offers nothing that can be called this man’s rather than another’s; but under nature everything belongs to all.”
― Baruch Spinoza quotes

“The greatest secret of monarchic rule…is to keep men deceived and to cloak in the specious name of religion the fear by which they must be checked, so that they will fight for slavery as they would for salvation, and will think it not shameful, but a most honorable achievement, to give their life and blood that one man may have a ground for boasting.”
― Baruch Spinoza

“In practical life we are compelled to follow what is most probable ; in speculative thought we are compelled to follow truth.”
― Baruch Spinoza

“{Man can, indeed, act contrarily to the decrees of God, as far as they have been written like laws in the minds of ourselves or the prophets, but against that eternal decree of God, which is written in universal nature, and has regard to the course of nature as a whole, he can do nothing.”
― Baruch Spinoza quotes

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  1. Spinoza wasn’t merely a great philosopher, he was almost something like a saint of philosophy. Thanks for sharing these Alchemist.

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      1. He inspired such a diverse array of thinkers too. Einstein, Wittgenstein, Nietzsche, Leo Strauss… Only the greatest genius can achieve that

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  2. Great quotes, I read his Ethics, which was quite an undertaking, but certainly worthwhile. I don’tagree with everything, but he truly advanced thought by his meticulous method amd courage tothink for himself. It is sad he didn’t live longer, but he achieved quite a thing while he was around.

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