Baruch Spinoza Quotes

Nothing exists from whose nature some effect does not follow.

Self – complacency is pleasure accompanied by the idea of oneself as cause.

Sin cannot be conceived in a natural state, but only in a civil state, where it is decreed by common consent what is good or bad.

We can always get along better by reason and love of truth than by worry of conscience and remorse. Harmful are these and evil, inasmuch as they form a particular kind of sadness; and the disadvantages of sadness I have already proved and shown that we should strive to keep worry from our life.

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.

But the avaricious man who thinks of nothing else but gain or money, and ambitious man who thinks of nothing but glory, inasmuch as they do harm, and are, heretofore, though worthy of hatred, not believed to be mad. In truth, however, avarice, lust, etc., are a kind of madness, although they are not reckoned […]

So long as a man imagines that he cannot do this or that, so long as he is determined not to do it; and consequently so long as it is impossible to him that he should do it.