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Spinoza, Benedict

  • Statesman are suspected of plotting against mankind, rather than consulting their interests, and are esteemed more crafty than learned.

  • Everyone has as much right as he has might.

  • The most tyrannical governments are those which make crimes of opinions, for everyone has an inalienable right to his thoughts.

  • Freedom is absolutely necessary for progress in science and the liberal arts.

  • He who would distinguish the true from the false must have an adequate idea of what is true and false.

  • Will and intellect are one and the same.

  • Man is a social animal.