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Baruch Spinoza

1632-1677 ,  Dutch philosopher
Baruch SpinozaDutch Jewish philosopher, born Benedito de Espinosa, later Benedict de Spinoza. He was one of the foremost exponents of 17th-century Rationalism and one of the early and seminal figures of the Enlightenment.

His major work , “Ethics”, was published posthumously in 1677.

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I make this chief distinction between religion and superstition, that the latter is founded on ignorance, the former on knowledge.

The highest activity a human being can attain is learning for understanding, because to understand is to be free.

I have made a ceaseless effort not to ridicule, not to bewail, not to scorn human actions, but to understand them.

If you want the present to be different from the past, study the past.

What Paul says about Peter tells us more about Paul than about Peter.

Happiness is a virtue, not its reward.

I do not know how to teach philosophy without becoming a disturber of established religion.

None are more taken in by flattery than the proud, who wish to be the first and are not.


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