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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



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Translation

(German, French, Latin)


GermanQuote
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

FrenchQuote
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

LatinQuote
Sedulo curavi, humanas actiones non ridere, non lugere, neque detestari, sed intelligere."


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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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The highest forms of understanding we can achieve are laughter and human compassion."
Richard Phillips Feynman
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Joy in looking and comprehending is nature's most beautiful gift."
Albert Einstein
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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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There are three kinds of intelligence: one kind understands things for itself, the other appreciates what others can understand, the third understands neither for itself nor through others. This first kind is excellent, the second good, and the third kind useless."
Niccolo Machiavelli - The Prince
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Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better."
Albert Einstein
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Quotes about human nature:



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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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Man is by nature a political animal."
Aristotle
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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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Quotes about action:



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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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Change your life today. Don't gamble on the future, act now, without delay."
Simone de Beauvoir
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Action, with all its uncertainties, is like an ever-present reminder that men, though they must die, are not born in order to die, but to begin something new."
Hannah Arendt
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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."
Baruch Spinoza - Ethics
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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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