Baruch Spinoza Top 10 Quotes


I have laboured carefully, not to mock, lament, or execrate, but to understand human actions.

Baruch Spinoza (Political Treatise, 1677)


Nature abhors a vacuum.

Baruch Spinoza (The Ethics, 1677)


All things excellent are as difficult as they are rare.

Baruch Spinoza (The Ethics - Part V, 1677)


For peace is not mere absence of war, but is a virtue that springs from, a state of mind, a disposition for benevolence, confidence, justice.

Baruch Spinoza (Political Treatise, 1677)


There is no individual thing in nature, which is more useful to man, than a man who lives in obedience to reason.

Baruch Spinoza (The Ethics - Part IV, 1677)


A free man thinks of death least of all things; and his wisdom is a meditation not of death but of life.

Baruch Spinoza (The Ethics - Part IV, 1677)


Whatsoever is contrary to nature is contrary to reason, and whatsoever is contrary to reason is absurd.

Baruch Spinoza (Theological-Political Treatise, 1670)


He who seeks equality between unequals, seeks an absurdity.

Baruch Spinoza (Political Treatise, 1677)


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 (Short Treatise on God, Man and His Well-Being, 1660)


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

Baruch Spinoza (The Ethics - Part IV, 1677)

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Baruch Spinoza Biography

Born: November 24, 1632
Died: February 21, 1677

Baruch Spinoza, also known simply as Spinoza was a Dutch philosopher. He has had an immense influence on Western philosophy and is often regarded as one of the greatest rationalists of all time.

Notable Works

Short Treatise on God, Man and His Well-Being (1660)
On the Improvement of the Understanding (1662)
Principles of Cartesian Philosophy (1663)
A Theological-Political Treatise (1670)
Political Treatise (1677)
The Ethics (1677)

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