Quotes by: Baruch Spinoza
I have made a ceaseless effort not to ridicule, not to bewail, not to scorn human actions, but to understand them.
Whatsoever is contrary to nature is contrary to reason, and whatsoever is contrary to reason is absurd.
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.
I do not know how to teach philosophy without becoming a disturber of established religion.
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.
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.
None are more taken in by flattery than the proud, who wish to be the first and are not.
Freedom is absolutely necessary for the progress in science and the liberal arts.
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.
I have striven not to laugh at human actions, not to weep at them, nor to hate them, but to understand them.
The greatest pride, or the greatest despondency, is the greatest ignorance of one's self.
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.
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.
Peace is not the absence of war, but a virtue based on strength of character.
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.