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Baruch Spinoza

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Biography - Baruch Spinoza:

Dutch philosopher.
Born: 1632 - Died: 1677
Period:
17th century
Place of birth: Netherlands
Netherlands

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




Translation

Translation

(French, German)



French
Tout ce qui est contraire à la nature est contraire à la raison ; et ce qui est contraire à la raison est absurde.

German
Was gegen die Natur ist, ist gegen die Vernunft, und was gegen die Vernunft ist, ist absurd.




See also 

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Never does nature say one thing and wisdom another.

Absurd is lucid reason noting its limits.

Reason misleads us more often than nature.

There are no contradictions in nature.




Quotes for: reason


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Quotes about reason:


Truth prevails only to the extent that we successfully assert it. The victory of reason can only be the victory of rational people.
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Have courage to use your own reason!
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There is always some madness in love. But there is also always some reason in madness.
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The heart has its reasons, of which reason knows nothing.
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Two extremes: to exclude reason, to admit reason only.
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Good sense is, of all things among men, the most equally distributed; for every one thinks himself so abundantly provided with it, that those even who are the most difficult to satisfy in everything else, do not usually desire a larger measure of this quality than they already possess. And in this it is not likely that all are mistaken: the conviction is rather to be held as testifying that the power of judging aright and of distinguishing truth from error, which is properly what is called good sense or reason, is by nature equal in all men; and that the diversity of our opinions, consequently, does not arise from some being endowed with a larger share of reason than others, but solely from this, that we conduct our thoughts along different ways, and do not fix our attention on the same objects. For to be possessed of a vigorous mind is not enough; the prime requisite is rightly to apply it.
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Quotes for: nature


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Quotes about nature:


Painters understand nature and love her and teach us to see.
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Truly, art is embedded in nature; he who can extract it, has it.
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Man is but a reed, the most feeble thing in nature, but he is a thinking reed.
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Nature, to be commanded, must be obeyed.
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Nature is not only all that is visible to the eye... it also includes the inner pictures of the soul.
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Every flower is a soul blossoming in nature.
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Quotes for: absurd


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Quotes for: absurd


Whoever wishes to become a philosopher must learn not to be frightened by absurdities.
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Anyone who has the power to make you believe absurdities has the power to make you commit injustices.
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Only those who attempt the absurd will achieve the impossible.
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Whoever wants to deceive people must first of all make absurdity plausible.
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The history of thought may be summed up in these words: it is absurd by what it seeks and great by what it finds.
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It is a much cleverer thing to talk nonsense than to listen to it.
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I have laboured carefully, not to mock, lament, or execrate, but to understand human actions.
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Joy is the transition of man from a less to a greater perfection.
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Humility is not a virtue; that is, it does not arise from reason.
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A free man thinks of nothing less than of death, and his wisdom is a meditation, not on death, but on life.
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Happiness is a virtue, not its reward.
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Desire is the essence of a man.
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