Men believe themselves to be free, simply because they are conscious of their actions, and unconscious of the causes whereby those actions are determined.
Baruch Spinoza (1632 - 1677)
Source: Baruch Spinoza, Ethics (1955)
Contributed by: Angela
The greatest good is the knowledge of the union which the mind has with the whole nature.
Contributed by: standalonecomplex
I have made a ceaseless effort not to ridicule, not to bewail, not to scorn human actions, but to understand.
Contributed by: Zaady
I would warn you that I do not attribute to nature either beauty or deformity, order or confusion. Only in relation to our imagination can things be called beautiful or ugly, well-ordered or confused.
Peace is not an absence of war, it is a virtue, a state of mind, a disposition for benevolence, confidence, justice.
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