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A collection of thoughts and quotations by Baruch Spinoza on philosophy, education, science, disputes, attitude, knowledge, miracles, truth, ignorance and aesthetics.

53 Inspiring Quotes By Baruch Spinoza, The Renowned Dutch Philosopher

Famous As: Dutch philosopher

Born On: November 24, 1632

Died On: February 21, 1677

Born In: Amsterdam, Dutch Republic

Died At Age: 44

Baruch Spinoza was a 19th century Dutch philosopher. He is regarded as one of the most important philosophers in history for having laid the foundations of what came to be known as 18th century enlightenment. Spinoza was also responsible for introducing biblical criticism. Spinoza went through a traditional Jewish education and studied under the tutelage of Saul Levi Morteira, a Rabbi. He worked in his father’s business for a while but later started working as a teacher and that is when he started off his journey as a philosopher. Spinoza is best known for his work on ethics, Hebrew grammar, epistemology and metaphysics. Some of his most notable ideas include those on political society, Pantheism, neutral monism, affect, par-allelism, separation of church and state and lastly, intellectual and religious freedom among others. His school of thought is broadly classified under Spinozism and rationalism, the latter being the bedrock of some of the most important theories in western philosophy. Some of his better known works include ‘A Short Treatise on God’, ‘Man and His Well Being’, ‘The Principles of Cartesian Philosophy’ and his most famous work ‘The Ethics’ among others. His thoughts and observations on various subjects became popular over a period of time. Here are some of the best known sayings and quotes by Baruch Spinoza.

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

Baruch Spinoza

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

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

Baruch Spinoza

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

Baruch Spinoza

Everything excellent is as difficult as it is rare.

Baruch Spinoza

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

Baruch Spinoza

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

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

Baruch Spinoza

Do not weep. Do not wax indignant. Understand.

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.

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There is no hope unmingled with fear, and no fear unmingled with hope.

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.

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In so far as the mind sees things in their eternal aspect, it participates in eternity.

Baruch Spinoza

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

Baruch Spinoza

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

Baruch Spinoza

No to laugh, not to lament, not to detest, but to understand.

Baruch Spinoza

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

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

There can be no hope without fear, and no fear without hope.

Baruch Spinoza

What Paul says about Peter tells us more about Paul than about Peter

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In practical life we are compelled to follow what is most probable ; in speculative thought we are compelled to follow truth.

Baruch Spinoza

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

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He alone is free who lives with free consent under the entire guidance of reason

Baruch Spinoza

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

Baruch Spinoza

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

Baruch Spinoza

We feel and experience ourselves to be eternal.

Baruch Spinoza

Blessedness is not the reward of virtue, but virtue itself.

Baruch Spinoza

Men are mistaken in thinking themselves free; their opinion is made up of consciousness of their own actions, and ignorance of the causes by which they are determined.

Baruch Spinoza

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

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

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

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I call him free who is led solely by reason.

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

Baruch Spinoza

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

Baruch Spinoza

We feel and know that we are eternal.

Baruch Spinoza

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

Baruch Spinoza

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

Baruch Spinoza

All things excellent are as difficult as they are rare

Baruch Spinoza

Will and intellect are one and the same thing.

Baruch Spinoza

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

Baruch Spinoza

The less the mind understands and the more things it perceives, the greater its power of feigning is; and the more things it understands, the more that power is diminished.

Baruch Spinoza

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

Baruch Spinoza

Happiness is a virtue, not its reward.

Baruch Spinoza

Love is nothing but Joy with the accompanying idea of an external cause (Ethics, part III, proposition 13, scholium).

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Better that right counsels be known to enemies than that the evil secrets of tyrants should be concealed from citizens.

Baruch Spinoza

It is certain that seditions, wars, and contempt or breach of the laws are not so much to be imputed to the wickedness of the subjects, as to the bad state of the dominion.

Baruch Spinoza

By that which is self-caused, I mean that of which the essence involves existence, or that of which the nature is only conceivable as existent.

Baruch Spinoza

Reason is no match for passion.

Baruch Spinoza

Whether this desire for sex is moderate or not, it is usually called lust.

Baruch Spinoza

I saw that all the things I feared and which feared me had nothing good or bad in them save in so far as the mind was affected by them.

Baruch Spinoza

These are the prejudices which I undertook to notice here. If any others of a similar character remain, they can easily be rectified with a little thought by anyone.

Baruch Spinoza

Don’t cry and don’t rage. Understand.

Baruch Spinoza

Peace is not the absence of war, but a virtue based on strength of character.

Baruch Spinoza