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Baruch Spinoza

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Nothing exists from whose nature some effect does not follow.
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There is no hope unmingled with fear, and no fear unmingled with hope.
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We feel and know that we are eternal
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I call him free who is led solely by reason
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Desire is the very essence of man.
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The greatest pride, or the greatest despondency, is the greatest ignorance of one's self.
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Desire is the essence of a man.
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How would it be possible if salvation were ready to our hand, and could without great labor be found...
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We feel and know that we are eternal.
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Fear cannot be without hope nor hope without fear.
BARUCH (_BENEDICT DE) SPINOZA
What is called vainglory is self-satisfaction, nourished by nothing but the good opinion of the mult...
BARUCH (_BENEDICT DE) SPINOZA
But if men would give heed to the nature of substance they would doubt less concerning the Propositi...
BARUCH (_BENEDICT DE) SPINOZA
Will and intellect are one and the same.
BARUCH (_BENEDICT DE) SPINOZA
I have striven not to laugh at human actions, not to weep at them, nor to hate them, but to understa...
BARUCH (_BENEDICT DE) SPINOZA
To give aid to every poor man is far beyond the reach and power of every man. Care of the poor is in...
BARUCH (_BENEDICT DE) SPINOZA
Fame has also this great drawback, that if we pursue it, we must direct our lives so as to please th...
BARUCH (_BENEDICT DE) SPINOZA
The ultimate aim of government is not to rule, or restrain, by fear, nor to exact obedience, but con...
BARUCH (_BENEDICT DE) SPINOZA
Be not astonished at new ideas; for it is well known to you that a thing does not therefore cease to...
SPINOZA
Desire is the essence of a man.
BARUCH
All excellent things are as difficult as they are rare.
BARUCH
Fame has also this great drawback, that if we pursue it, we must direct our lives so as to please th...
BARUCH
Will and intellect are one and the same.
BARUCH
Desire is the essence of a man.
BENEDICT SPINOZA
Except God no substance can be granted or conceived. .. Everything, I say, is in God, and all things...
BENEDICT SPINOZA
The greatest pride, or the greatest despondency, is the greatest ignorance of one's self.
BENEDICT SPINOZA
If facts conflict with a theory, either the theory must be changed or the facts.
BENEDICT SPINOZA
All things excellent are as difficult as they are rare.
BENEDICT SPINOZA
None are more taken in with flattery than the proud, who wish to be the first and are not.
BENEDICT SPINOZA
Peace is not an absence of war, it is a virtue, a state of mind, a disposition for benevolence, conf...
BENEDICT SPINOZA
I would warn you that I do not attribute to nature either beauty or deformity, order or confusion. ...
BENEDICT SPINOZA
Fear cannot be without hope nor hope without fear.
BENEDICT SPINOZA
None are more taken in by flattery than the proud, who wish to be the first and are not.
BENEDICT SPINOZA
He alone is free who lives with free consent under the entire guidance of reason.
BENEDICT SPINOZA
I would warn you that I do not attribute to nature either beauty or deformity, order or confusion. O...
BENEDICT SPINOZA
Vote for the man who promises least. He'll be the least disappointing.
BERNARD BARUCH
Whatever failures I have known, whatever errors I have committed, whatever follies I have witnessed ...
BERNARD BARUCH
No man should think himself a zero, and think he can do nothing about the state of the world.
BERNARD BARUCH
When beggars and shoeshine boys, barbers and beauticians can tell you how to get rich it is time to ...
BERNARD BARUCH
Only as you do know yourself can your brain serve you as a sharp and efficient tool. Know your faili...
BERNARD BARUCH
Two things are bad for the heart -- running up stairs and running down people.
BERNARD BARUCH
The greatest blessing of our democracy is freedom. But in the last analysis, our only freedom is the...
BERNARD BARUCH
In the last analysis, our only freedom is the freedom to discipline ourselves.
BERNARD BARUCH
Gold has worked down from Alexander's time... When something holds good for two thousand years I do ...
BERNARD BARUCH
Only as you do know yourself can your brain serve you as a sharp and efficient tool. Know your own f...
BERNARD BARUCH
Effects of Fear and Anger on Perceived Risks of Terrorism. People want to be treated as adults. They...
BARUCH FISCHHOFF
I don't know if the learning is as systematic as it needs to be.
BARUCH FISCHHOFF
I'm not smart, but I like to observe. Millions saw the apple fall, but Newton was the one who asked ...
BERNARD BARUCH
If you get all the facts, your judgment can be right; if you don't get all the facts, it can'...
BERNARD BARUCH
There are no such things as incurable s. There are only things for which man has not found a cure.
BERNARD BARUCH
Every man has a right to be wrong in his opinions. But no man has a right to be wrong in his facts.
BERNARD BARUCH
The ability to express an idea is well nigh as important as the idea itself.
BERNARD BARUCH
To me - old age is always ten years older than I am.
BERNARD BARUCH
I made my money by selling too soon.
BERNARD BARUCH
We did not all come over on the same ship, but we are all in the same boat.
BERNARD BARUCH
Old age is always 15 years older than I am.
BERNARD BARUCH
You can talk about capitalism and communism and all that sort of thing, but the important thing is t...
BERNARD BARUCH
Two things are bad for the heart - running up stairs and running down people.
BERNARD BARUCH
In the last analysis, our only freedom is the freedom to discipline ourselves.
BERNARD BARUCH
Let us not be deceived we are today in the midst of a cold war.
BERNARD BARUCH
But there are indeed specific obstacles to change, which different people experience in different wa...
RHODA BARUCH
The main purpose of the stock market is to make fools of as many men as possible.
BERNARD BARUCH
A political leader must keep looking over his shoulder all the time to see if the boys are still the...
BERNARD BARUCH
Vote for the man who promises least. He'll be the least disappointing.
BERNARD BARUCH
Age is only a number, a cipher for the records. A man can't retire his experience. He must use it. E...
BERNARD BARUCH
I am quite sure that in the hereafter she will take me by the hand and lead me to my proper seat.
BERNARD BARUCH
If you get all the facts, your judgment can be right; if you don't get all the facts, it can't be ri...
BERNARD BARUCH
Nobody ever lost money taking a profit.
BERNARD BARUCH
Age is only a number, a cipher for the records. A man can't retire his experience. He must use i...
BERNARD BARUCH
Millions saw the apple fall, but Newton was the one who asked why.
BERNARD BARUCH
This is a case where they did an exceptionally good job on the natural science and a really poor job...
BARUCH FISCHHOFF
If the history of the past fifty years teaches us anything, it is that peace does not follow disarma...
BERNARD BARUCH
There are no such things as incurable, there are only things for which man has not found a cure.
BERNARD BARUCH
Most of the successful people I've known are the ones who do more listening than talking.
BERNARD BARUCH
Every man has a right to his opinion, but no man has a right to be wrong in his facts.
BERNARD BARUCH
Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter and those who matter d...
BERNARD BARUCH
You talk about capitalism and communism and all that sort of thing, but the important thing is the s...
BERNARD BARUCH
Don't try to buy at the bottom and sell at the top. It can't be done except by liars.
BERNARD BARUCH
A speculator is a man who observes the future, and acts before it occurs.
BERNARD BARUCH
In America, if you put your mind to it you can have anything you want. You just can't have everythin...
BERNARD BARUCH