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Beauty
Engrave this Quote 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.
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Desires
Engrave this Quote Desire is the essence of a man.
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Fame
Engrave this Quote Fame has also this great drawback, that if we pursue it, we must direct our lives so as to please the fancy of men.
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Flattery
Engrave this Quote None are more taken in by flattery than the proud, who wish to be the first and are not.
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Freedom
Engrave this Quote Only that thing is free which exists by the necessities of its own nature, and is determined in its actions by itself alone.
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Glory
Engrave this Quote What is called vainglory is self-satisfaction, nourished by nothing but the good opinion of the multitude, so that when that is withdrawn, the satisfaction, that is to say, the chief good which every one loves, ceases. For this reason those who glory in the good opinion of the multitude anxiously and with daily care strive, labour, and struggle to preserve their fame. For the multitude is changeable and fickle, so that fame, if it be not preserved, soon passes away. As every one, moreover, is desirous to catch the praises of the people, one person will readily destroy the fame of another; and, consequently, as the object of contention is what is commonly thought to be the highest good, a great desire arises on the part of every one to keep down his fellows by every possible means, and he who at last comes off conqueror boasts more because he has injured another person than because he has profited himself. This glory of self-satisfaction, therefore, is indeed vain, for it is really no glory.
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-Baruch (_Benedict de) Spinoza, Ethics
Government
Engrave this Quote The ultimate aim of government is not to rule, or restrain, by fear, nor to exact obedience, but contrariwise, to free every man from fear, that he may live in all possible security; in other words, to strengthen his natural right to exist and work without injury to himself or others.
No, the object of government is not to change men from rational beings into beasts or puppets, but to enable them to develop their minds and bodies in security, and to employ their reason unshackled; neither showing hatred, anger, or deceit, nor watched with the eyes of jealousy and injustice. In fact, the true aim of government is liberty.
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Help
Engrave this Quote To give aid to every poor man is far beyond the reach and power of every man. Care of the poor is incumbent on society as a whole.
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Hope
Engrave this Quote Fear cannot be without hope nor hope without fear.
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Engrave this Quote We are so constituted by Nature that we easily believe the things we hope for, but believe only with difficulty those we fear, and that we regard such things more or less highly than is just. This is the source of the superstitions by which men everywhere are troubled. For the rest, I don
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-Baruch (_Benedict de) Spinoza, Ethics (pt. 2)
Humility
Engrave this Quote Those who are believed to be most abject and humble are usually most ambitious and envious.
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Ignorance & Stupidity
Engrave this Quote The greatest pride, or the greatest despondency, is the greatest ignorance of one's self.
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Immortality
Engrave this Quote We feel and know that we are eternal.
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Music
Engrave this Quote Music is good to the melancholy, bad to those who mourn, and neither good or bad to the deaf.
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Peace
Engrave this Quote 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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Pride
Engrave this Quote Pride is pleasure arising from a man's thinking too highly of himself.
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Reality
Engrave this Quote But if men would give heed to the nature of substance they would doubt less concerning the Proposition that Existence appertains to the nature of substance: rather they would reckon it an axiom above all others, and hold it among common opinions. For then by substance they would understand that which is in itself, and through itself is conceived, or rather that whose knowledge does not depend on the knowledge of any other thing.
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Salvation
Engrave this Quote How would it be possible if salvation were ready to our hand, and could without great labor be found, that it should be by almost all men neglected? But all things excellent are as difficult as they are rare.
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-Baruch (_Benedict de) Spinoza, Ethics, bk. V, prop. Xlii, On the Improvement of the Understanding, the Ethics, and Correspondence, pp. 270-271, trans. by R.H.M. Elwes, Dover, New York (1955)
Speeches (oratory)
Engrave this Quote Men govern nothing with more difficulty than their tongues, and can moderate their desires more than their words.
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Understanding
Engrave this Quote I have striven not to laugh at human actions, not to weep at them, nor to hate them, but to understand them.
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Engrave this Quote The highest activity a human being can attain is learning for understanding, because to understand is to be free.
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Will, Willpower
Engrave this Quote Will and intellect are one and the same.
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