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.
Quote by Baruch Spinoza
If you want the present to be different from the past, study the past.
I have striven not to laugh at human actions, not to weep at them, nor...
Fame has also this great drawback, that if we pursue it, we must direct our...
Only that thing is free which exists by the necessities of its own nature, and...
For peace is not mere absence of war, but is a virtue that springs from,...
Will and intellect are one and the same thing.
God is the indwelling and not the transient cause of all things
Nothing in the universe is contingent, but all things are conditioned to exist and operate...
If men were born free, they would, so long as they remained free, form no...
Hatred is increased by being reciprocated, and can on the other hand be destroyed by...
All noble things are as difficult as they are rare.
It may easily come to pass that a vain man may become proud and imagine...
How would it be possible if salvation were ready to our hand, and could without...
One and the same thing can at the same time be good, bad, and indifferent,...
Nothing exists from whose nature some effect does not follow.
God is the indwelling and not the transient cause of all things.
Whatsoever is contrary to nature is contrary to reason, and whatsoever is contrary to reason...
The endeavor to understand is the first and only basis of virtue.
Ambition is the immoderate desire for power.
Desire is the very essence of man.