65 Baruch Spinoza Quotes On Success In Life

Baruch (de) Spinoza Dutch: Portuguese: born Baruch Espinosa; later as an author and a correspondent Benedictus de Spinoza, anglicized to Benedict de Spinoza; 24 November 1632 – 21 February 1677 was a Dutch philosopher of Portuguese Sephardi origin. These Baruch Spinoza quotes will motivate you.

Best Baruch Spinoza Quotes

  1. “The highest activity a human being can attain is learning for understanding because to understand is to be free.” ~ Baruch Spinoza
  2. “No matter how thin you slice it, there will always be two sides.” ~ Baruch Spinoza
  3. “The most tyrannical of governments are those which make crimes of opinions, for everyone has an inalienable right to his thoughts.” ~ Baruch Spinoza
  4. “What Paul says about Peter tells us more about Paul than about Peter.” ~ Baruch Spinoza
  5. “Men believe themselves to be free, simply because they are conscious of their actions, and unconscious of the causes whereby those actions are determined.” ~ Baruch Spinoza
  6. “If you want the present to be different from the past, study the past.” ~ Baruch Spinoza

  7. “Reason connot defeat emotion, an emotion can only be displaced or overcome by a stronger emotion.” ~ Baruch Spinoza
  8. “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….you are above everything distressing.” ~ Baruch Spinoza
  9. “Nothing in nature is by chance… Something appears to be chance only because of our lack of knowledge.” ~ Baruch Spinoza
  10. “The world would be happier if men had the same capacity to be silent that they have to speak.” ~ Baruch Spinoza
  11. “Desire nothing for yourself, which you do not desire for others.” ~ Baruch Spinoza

  12. “The highest endeavor of the mind, and the highest virtue, it to understand things by intuition.” ~ Baruch Spinoza
  13. “The more clearly you understand yourself and your emotions, the more you become a lover of what is.” ~ Baruch Spinoza
  14. “The holy word of God is on everyone’s lips…but…we see almost everyone presenting their own versions of God’s word, with the sole purpose of using religion as a pretext for making others think as they do.” ~ Baruch Spinoza
  15. “Everything excellent is as difficult as it is rare.” ~ Baruch Spinoza
  16. “He who seeks equality between unequals seeks an absurdity.” ~ Baruch Spinoza

  17. “When a man is prey to his emotions, he is not his own master.” ~ Baruch Spinoza
  18. “God is not He who is, but That which is.” ~ Baruch Spinoza
  19. “Freedom is self-determination.” ~ Baruch Spinoza
  20. “I have made a ceaseless effort not to ridicule, not to bewail, not to scorn human actions, but to understand them.” ~ Baruch Spinoza
  21. “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
  22. “We feel and know that we are eternal.” ~ Baruch Spinoza

  23. Happiness is not the reward of virtue, but is virtue itself; nor do we delight in happiness because we restrain from our lusts; but on the contrary, because we delight in it, therefore we are able to restrain them.” ~ Baruch Spinoza
  24. “Whatsoever is contrary to nature is contrary to reason, and whatsoever is contrary to reason is absurd.” ~ Baruch Spinoza
  25. “Philosophy has no end in view save truth; faith looks for nothing but obedience and piety.” ~ Baruch Spinoza
  26. “Hatred is increased by being reciprocated, and can on the other hand be destroyed by love.” ~ Baruch Spinoza
  27. “Freedom is absolutely necessary for the progress in science and the liberal arts.” ~ Baruch Spinoza

  28. “Laws which prescribe what everyone must believe, and forbid men to say or write anything against this or that opinion, are often passed to gratify, or rather to appease the anger of those who cannot abide independent minds.” ~ Baruch Spinoza
  29. “[Believers] are but triflers who, when they cannot explain a thing, run back to the will of God; this is, truly, a ridiculous way of expressing ignorance.” ~ Baruch Spinoza
  30. “Men who are ruled by reason desire nothing for themselves which they would not wish for all mankind.” ~ Baruch Spinoza
  31. “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.” ~ Baruch Spinoza
  32. “In the mind there is no absolute or free will; but the mind is determined to wish this or that by a cause, which has also been determined by another cause, and this last by another cause, and so on to infinity.” ~ Baruch Spinoza
  33. “Speculation, like nature, abhors a vacuum.” ~ Baruch Spinoza

  34. “We must take care not to admit as true anything, which is only probable. For when one falsity has been let in, infinite others follow.” ~ Baruch Spinoza
  35. “The endeavor to understand is the first and only basis of virtue.” ~ Baruch Spinoza
  36. “No to laugh, not to lament, not to detest, but to understand.” ~ Baruch Spinoza
  37. “He, who knows how to distinguish between true and false, must have an adequate idea of true and false.” ~ Baruch Spinoza
  38. “Sadness diminishes a man’s powers” ~ Baruch Spinoza
  39. “Nature has no goal in view, and final causes are only human imaginings.” ~ Baruch Spinoza

  40. “Further conceive, I beg, that a stone, while continuing in motion, should be capable of thinking and knowing, that it is endeavoring, as far as it can, to continue to move. Such a stone, being conscious merely of its own endeavor and not at all indifferent, would believe itself to be completely free, and would think that it continued in motion solely because of its own wish. This is that human freedom, which all boast that they possess, and which consists solely in the fact, that men are conscious of their own desire, but are ignorant of the causes whereby that desire has been determined.” ~ Baruch Spinoza
  41. “I call him free who is led solely by reason.” ~ Baruch Spinoza
  42. “What everyone wants from life is continuous and genuine happiness.” ~ Baruch Spinoza
  43. “Pride is pleasure arising from a man’s thinking too highly of himself.” ~ Baruch Spinoza

  44. “Indulge yourself in pleasures only in so far as they are necessary for the preservation of health.” ~ Baruch Spinoza
  45. “A good thing which prevents us from enjoying a greater good is in truth an evil.” ~ Baruch Spinoza
  46. “Let unswerving integrity be your watchword.” ~ Baruch Spinoza
  47. “Laws which can be broken without any wrong to one’s neighbor are a laughing-stock; and such laws, instead of restraining the appetites and lusts of mankind, serve rather to heighten them. Nitimur in vetitum semper, cupimusque negata [we always resist prohibitions, and yearn for what is denied us].” ~ Baruch Spinoza
  48. “If facts conflict with a theory, either the theory must be changed or the facts.” ~ Baruch Spinoza

  49. “Academies that are founded at public expense are instituted not so much to cultivate men’s natural abilities as to restrain them.” ~ Baruch Spinoza
  50. “He who lives according to the guidance of reason strives as much as possible to repay the hatred, anger, or contempt of others towards himself with love or generosity. …hatred is increased by reciprocal hatred, and, on the other hand, can be extinguished by love, so that hatred passes into love.” ~ Baruch Spinoza
  51. “True virtue is life under the direction of reason.” ~ Baruch Spinoza

  52. “The terms good and bad indicate no positive quality in things regarded in themselves, but are merely modes of thinking or notions, which we form from the comparison of things one with another. Thus one and the same thing can be at the same time good, bad, and indifferent. For instance, music is good for him that is melancholy, bad for him that mourns; for him that is deaf; it is neither good nor bad.” ~ Baruch Spinoza
  53. “The more a government strives to curtail freedom of speech, the more obstinately is it resisted; not indeed by the avaricious, … but by those whom good education, sound morality, and virtue have rendered more free.” ~ Baruch Spinoza
  54. “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
  55. “Superstition, then, is engendered, preserved, and fostered by fear.” ~ Baruch Spinoza
  56. Nature is satisfied with little; and if she is, I am also.” ~ Baruch Spinoza

  57. “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
  58. “Minds are not conquered by force, but by love and high-mindedness.” ~ Baruch Spinoza
  59. “I can control my passions and emotions if I can understand their nature” ~ Baruch Spinoza
  60. “Those who are believed to be most abject and humble are usually most ambitious and envious.” ~ Baruch Spinoza

  61. “The ultimate aim of government is not to rule, or restrain by fear, nor to exact obedience, but to free every man from fear that he may live in all possible security… In fact the true aim of government is liberty.” ~ Baruch Spinoza
  62. “He who loves God cannot endeavor that God should love him in return.” ~ Baruch Spinoza
  63. “All is One (Nature, God)” ~ Baruch Spinoza
  64. “Everyone endeavors as much as possible to make others love what he loves, and to hate what he hates… This effort to make everyone approve what we love or hate is in truth ambition, and so we see that each person by nature desires that other persons should live according to his way of thinking.” ~ Baruch Spinoza
  65. “The eternal wisdom of God … has shown itself forth in all things, but chiefly in the mind of man, and most of all in Jesus Christ.” ~ Baruch Spinoza

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