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(1632-1677), Benedict de Spinoza, Dutch Philosopher and Theologian

To give aid to every poor man is far beyond the reach and power of every man. Care of the poor is incumbent on society as a whole.

Category: Aid And Assistance

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.

Category: Beauty

Desire is the essence of a man.

Category: Desire

Fame has also this great drawback, that if we pursue it, we must direct our lives so as to please the fancy of men.

Category: Fame

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

Category: Flattery

Only that thing is free which exists by the necessities of its own nature, and is determined in its actions by itself alone.

Category: Freedom

Fear cannot be without hope nor hope without fear.

Category: Hope

Those who are believed to be most abject and humble are usually most ambitious and envious.

Category: Humility

The greatest pride, or the greatest despondency, is the greatest ignorance of one's self.

Category: Ignorance

We feel and know that we are eternal.

Category: Immortality

Music is good to the melancholy, bad to those who mourn, and neither good or bad to the deaf.

Category: Music

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

Category: Peace

All excellent things are as difficult as they are rare.

Category: Perfection

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

Category: Pride

Men govern nothing with more difficulty than their tongues, and can moderate their desires more than their words.

Category: Speakers And Speaking