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Baruch Spinoza was a Dutch philosopher of Portuguese Sephardi origin. One of the early thinkers of the Enlightenment and modern biblical criticism, including modern conceptions of the self and the universe, he came to be considered one of the great rationalists of 17th-century philosophy

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Baruch Spinoza about god

"The desire which we all feel but which we understand so badly and of which need is nothing but a reduced image."

― Baruch Spinoza


"God is the sum of the natural and physical laws of the universe and certainly not an individual entity or creator”

― Baruch Spinoza

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

― Baruch Spinoza





Baruch Spinoza about the past


“The order and connection of ideas is the same as the order and connection of things”
― Baruch Spinoza

“men, in so far as they live in obedience to reason necessarily do only such things as are necessarily good for human nature, and consequently for each individual man.”
― Baruch Spinoza

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

"Every determination is a negation"
― Baruch Spinoza



Baruch Spinoza on hammer



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

“Things are not more or less perfect, according to as they delight or offend human senses, or according as they are serviceable or repugnant to mankind.”
― 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.”
― Baruch Spinoza

Baruch Spinoza on man duty

“Hatred is increased by being reciprocated, and can on the other hand be destroyed by love. The hatred which is completely vanquished by love passes into love, and love is thereupon greater than if hatred had not preceded it. ”
― 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


“He who seeks to regulate everything by law is more likely to arouse vices than to reform them. It is best to grant what cannot be abolished, even though it be in itself harmful. How many evils spring from luxury, envy, avarice, drunkenness and the like, yet these are tolerated because they cannot be prevented by legal enactments.”
― Baruch Spinoza


“All things excellent are as difficult as they are rare” 
― Baruch Spinoza


“Don’t cry and don’t rage. Understand.”
― Baruch Spinoza



“No reason compels me to maintain that the body does not die unless it is changed into a corpse. And, indeed, experience seems to urge a different conclusion. Sometimes a man undergoes such changes that I should hardly have said he was the same man.”




Baruch Spinoza on pride

Baruch Spinoza on negation


"It took a hammer to make a hammer"

― Baruch Spinoza

"Studying any problem in order to get at the truth, it was man's duty"

― Baruch Spinoza


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

― Baruch Spinoza


“The supreme mystery of despotism, its prop and stay, is to keep men in a state of deception, and with the specious title of religion to cloak the fear by which they must be held in check so that they will fight for their servitude as if for salvation.

― Baruch Spinoza



Baruch Spinoza on ideas

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


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

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


“Blessed are the weak who think they are good because they have no claws.”
― Baruch Spinoza

Baruch Spinoza inspiring saying

Baruch Spinoza on desire

Baruch Spinoza on srtuggling


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