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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
Source: Tractatus politicus

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I have laboured carefully, not to mock, lament, or execrate, but to understand human actions.
Baruch Spinoza - Tractatus politicus




Translation  

Translation

(German, French, Latin)


German
Ich habe mich bemüht, die menschlichen Handlungen nicht zu belachen, nicht zu betrauern und nicht zu verabscheuen, sondern zu verstehen.”
Baruch de Spinoza - Tractatus politicus

French
En ce qui concerne les actions humaines, je me suis soigneusement efforcé de ne pas railler, ne pas pleurer, ne pas même détester, mais de comprendre.”
Baruch Spinoza - Traité politique

Latin
Sedulo curavi, humanas actiones non ridere, non lugere, neque detestari, sed intelligere.”




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Anger and intolerance are the enemies of correct understanding.”
Mahatma Gandhi

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I am human, and I think that nothing of that which is human is alien to me.”
Publius Terentius Afer - Heautontimoroumenos

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Yet it is better to accept public morals and human vices calmly without bursting into either laughter or tears.”
Seneca - On Tranquility of the Mind

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What is tolerance? It is the endowment of humanity. We are all steeped in weakness and error; let us forgive each other our stupidities, that is the first law of nature.”
Voltaire - Philosophical Dictionary

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Perhaps men entertain as many truths as falsehoods; have as many good qualities as bad; feel as many pleasures as pains. But we like to malign human nature, in order to try to raise ourselves above the common level, and to acquire for ourselves the respect of which we strive to rob it. We are so presumptuous, that we imagine we can separate our own personal interests from those of humanity in general, and malign the human race without implicating ourselves. This absurd vanity has filled books of philosophy with diatribes against human nature. Man is in disgrace with all thinkers, who rival one another in accusing him of depravity. But perhaps he may be about to rise again and recover all his virtues; nothing is permanent, and philosophy, like clothes, music, architecture, &c, has its vogues.”
Luc de Clapiers, marquis de Vauvenargues - Reflexions and Maxims




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The highest forms of understanding we can achieve are laughter and human compassion.”
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Joy in looking and comprehending is nature's most beautiful gift.”
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It is perfectly true, as the philosophers say, that life must be understood backwards. But they forget the other proposition, that it must be lived forwards.”
Soren Kierkegaard - Journals
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Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves.”
Carl Gustav Jung
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The best means of learning to know oneself is seeking to understand others.”
André Gide
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A very dangerous state of mind: thinking one understands.”
Paul Valéry
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Man is by nature a political animal.”
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The human body is the best picture of the human soul.”
Ludwig Wittgenstein
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Nature has placed mankind under the governance of two sovereign masters, pain and pleasure.”
Jeremy Bentham - Principles of Morals and Legislation
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Be humanity evermore our goal.”
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
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Why should the law refuse its protection to any sensitive being? The time will come when humanity will extend its mantle over everything which breathes.”
Jeremy Bentham - Principles of Penal Law
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Humanity takes itself too seriously. It is the world's original sin. If the caveman had known how to laugh, History would have been different.”
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The present is not a potential past; it is the moment of choice and action.”
Simone de Beauvoir
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I have always thought the actions of men the best interpreters of their thoughts.”
John Locke - An Essay Concerning Human Understanding
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Forgiveness is the key to action and freedom.”
Hannah Arendt
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Think like a man of action, act like a man of thought.”
Henri Bergson
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To act freely is to retake possession of oneself; it is to place oneself back in pure duration.”
Henri Bergson - Time and Free Will: An Essay on the Immediate Data of Consciousness
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My spirit yearns for action, my breath for freedom.”
Friedrich Schiller
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Baruch Spinoza also said...


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Joy is the transition of man from a less to a greater perfection.”
Baruch Spinoza - Ethics
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Humility is not a virtue; that is, it does not arise from reason.”
Baruch Spinoza - Ethics
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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.”
Baruch Spinoza
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Desire is the essence of a man.”
Baruch Spinoza - Ethics
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Fear cannot be without hope nor hope without fear. ”
Baruch Spinoza - Ethics
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