Fame has also this great drawback, that if we pursue it, we must direct our lives so as to please the fancy of men.
We feel and know that we are eternal.
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.
Indulge yourself in pleasures only in so far as they are necessary for the preservation of health.
The most tyrannical of governments are those which make crimes of opinions, for everyone has an inalienable right to his thoughts.
The highest activity a human being can attain is learning for understanding, because to understand is to be free.
Those who are believed to be most abject and humble are usually most ambitious and envious.
Fear cannot be without hope nor hope without fear.
None are more taken in by flattery than the proud, who wish to be the first and are not.
The human mind cannot be absolutely destroyed with the human body, but there is some part of it which remains eternal.
One and the same thing can at the same time be good, bad, and indifferent, e.g., music is good to the melancholy, bad to those who mourn, and neither good nor bad to the deaf.
Topics: Realism, Music
Perfect truth is possible only with knowledge, and in knowledge the whole essence of the thing operates on the soul and is joined essentially to it.
All happiness or unhappiness solely depends upon the quality of the object to which we are attached by love.
Only that thing is free which exists by the necessities of its own nature, and is determined in its actions by itself alone.
Measure, time and number are nothing but modes of thought or rather of imagination.
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.
The more you struggle to live, the less you live. Give up the notion that you must be sure of what you are doing. Instead, surrender to what is real within you, for that alone is sure. As stars high above earth, you are above everything distressing. But you must awaken to it. Wake up!
Topics: Doing, Sin, Live, Stress, Give, Earth
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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