I have made a ceaseless effort not to ridicule, not to bewail, not to scorn human actions, but to understand them
Quote by Baruch Spinoza
Those who are believed to be most abject and humble are usually most ambitious and...
The greatest pride, or the greatest despondency, is the greatest ignorance of one's self.
All things excellent are as difficult as they are rare.
Men govern nothing with more difficulty than their tongues, and can moderate their desires more...
Sin cannot be conceived in a natural state, but only in a civil state, where...
How would it be possible if salvation were ready to our hand, and could without...
Whatsoever is, is in God, and without God nothing can be, or be conceived.
Desire is the very essence of man
Desire is the essence of a man.
Pride is pleasure arising from a man's thinking too highly of himself.
Only that thing is free which exists by the necessities of its own nature, and...
Nothing in the universe is contingent, but all things are conditioned to exist and operate...
If you want the present to be different from the past, study the past.
We feel and know that we are eternal.
Peace is not an absence of war, it is a virtue, a state of mind,...
One and the same thing can at the same time be good, bad, and indifferent,...
Fame has also this great drawback, that if we pursue it, we must direct our...
The endeavor to understand is the first and only basis of virtue.
I call him free who is led solely by reason.
Blessedness is not the reward of virtue but virtue itself.