Desire is the very essence of man.
Category Archive: Baruch Spinoza
Men govern nothing with more difficulty than their tongues, and can moderate their desires more than their words.
True virtue is life under the direction of reason.
Pride is pleasure arising from a man’s thinking too highly of himself.
Self-complacency is pleasure accompanied by the idea of oneself as cause.
For peace is not mere absence of war, but is a virtue that springs from, a state of mind, a disposition for benevolence, confidence, justice.
Peace is not an absence of war, it is a virtue, a state of mind, a disposition for benevolence, confidence, justice.
There is no hope unmingled with fear, and no fear unmingled with hope.
Fear cannot be without hope nor hope without fear.
So long as a man imagines that he cannot do this or that, so long as he is determined not to do it; and consequently so long as it is impossible to him that he should do it.