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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

Desire is the essence of a man.




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Translation

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German
Begierde ist des Menschen Wesen selbst.

French
Le désir est l'essence même de l'homme.




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Man is a creation of desire, not a creation of need.




Quotes for: Desire


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Quotes for: Desire


He has what he desires who can limit his desires to what is enough.
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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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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.
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We must observe that in each one of us there are two ruling and leading principles, which we follow whithersoever they lead; one is the innate desire for pleasures, the other an acquired opinion which strives for the best. These two sometimes agree within us and are sometimes in strife; and sometimes one, and sometimes the other has the greater power.
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Quotes for: Man


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Quotes about man, all human beings:


No man is weak by choice.
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Man arrives a novice at every age of life.
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The greatness of man lies in his decision to be stronger than his condition.
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Man is the future of man.
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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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We build too many walls and not enough bridges.
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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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Fear cannot be without hope nor hope without fear.
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