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Baruch Spinoza
Dutch philosopher

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Sedulo curavi, humanes actiones non ridere, non lugare, neque detestari, sed intelligere.
I have striven not to laugh at human actions, not to weep at them, nor to hate them, but to understand them.
-- Tractatus Theologico-Politicus (1670), bk. 1, pt. 4

Deus, sive Natura.
God, or in other words, Nature.
-- Ethics (1677), pt. 1, ch. 6

Appetitus, qui proinde nihil aliud est quam ipsa hominis essentio.
Appetite, which is therefore nothing but the very essence of man.
-- Ethics (1677), pt. 3, ch. 6

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The selection of the above quotes and the writing of the accompanying notes was performed by the author David Paul Wagner.

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