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Biography - Baruch Spinoza:

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

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.




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.

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.




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But, always ignorant of our own needs,
We ask the heavens for what we need the least.





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Forgiveness is the key to action and freedom.
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I believe all suffering is caused by ignorance.
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He has what he desires who can limit his desires to what is enough.
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Desire is the essence of a man.
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There is no desire more natural than the desire for knowledge.
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Love is the desire to give, not to receive, something.
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My third maxim was to try always to conquer myself rather than fortune, and to alter my desires rather than change the order of the world.
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Man is a creation of desire, not a creation of need.
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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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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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