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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

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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




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Translation

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French
Telle est cette liberté humaine que tous les hommes se vantent d'avoir et qui consiste en cela seul que les hommes sont conscients de leurs désirs et ignorants des causes qui les déterminent.”
Baruch Spinoza

German
Dies ist aber jene menschliche Freiheit, die alle zu besitzen behaupten und die nur darin besteht, daß die Menschen ihres Begehrens sich bewußt sind, aber die Ursachen, von denen sie bestimmt werden, nicht kennen.”
Baruch de Spinoza




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Joy is the transition of man from a less to a greater perfection.”
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