The Wisdom of Baruch Spinoza

  • If you want the present to be different from the past, study the past.
  • It may easily come to pass that a vain man may become proud and imagine himself pleasing to all when he is in reality a universal nuisance.
  • I do not know how to teach philosophy without becoming a disturber of established religion.
  • Peace is not an absence of war, it is a virtue, a state of mind, a disposition for benevolence, confidence, justice.
  • Be not astonished at new ideas; for it is well known to you that a thing does not therefore cease to be true because it is not accepted by many.
  • Happiness is a virtue, not its reward.