Peace is not an absence of war, it is a virtue, a state of mind, a disposition for benevolence, confidence, justice.

Nothing exists from whose nature some effect does not follow.

Sin cannot be conceived in a natural state, but only in a civil state, where it is decreed by common consent what is good or bad.

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.

No matter how thin you slice it, there will always be two sides.

I have striven not to laugh at human actions, not to weep at them, nor to hate them, but to understand them.

Everything excellent is as difficult as it is rare.

God is the indwelling and not the transient cause of all things.

Self-complacency is pleasure accompanied by the idea of oneself as cause.

I have made a ceaseless effort not to ridicule, not to bewail, not to scorn human actions, but to understand.

Pride is pleasure arising from a man's thinking too highly of himself.

Ambition is the immoderate desire for power.

Be not astonished at new ideas; for it is well known to you that a thing does not therefore cease to be true because it is not accepted by many.

Nothing in the universe is contingent, but all things are conditioned to exist and operate in a particular manner by the necessity of the divine nature.

All happiness or unhappiness solely depends upon the quality of the object to which we are attached by love.

Do not weep do not wax indignant. Understand.

All things excellent are as difficult as they are rare.

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.

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.

The greatest pride, or the greatest despondency, is the greatest ignorance of one's self.

If you want the present to be different from the past, study the past.

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.

Only that thing is free which exists by the necessities of its own nature, and is determined in its actions by itself alone.

Peace is not the absence of war; it is a virtue; a state of mind; a disposition for benevolence; confidence; and justice.

There is no hope unmingled with fear, and no fear unmingled with hope.

Hatred is increased by being reciprocated, and can on the other hand be destroyed by love. Hatred which is completely vanquished by love, passes into love; and love is thereupon greater, than if hatred had not preceded it.

If men were born free, they would, so long as they remained free, form no conception of good and evil.

I do not know how to teach philosophy without becoming a disturber of the peace.

All noble things are as difficult as they are rare.

The endeavor to understand is the first and only basis of virtue.

Those who are believed to be most abject and humble are usually the most ambitious and envious.

I call him free who is led solely by reason.

Blessedness is not the reward of virtue but virtue itself.

Will and intellect are one and the same thing.

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

He alone is free who lives with free consent under the entire guidance of reason.

Desire is the very essence of man.

The world would be happier if men had the same capacity to be silent that they have to speak.

Fear cannot be without hope nor hope without fear.

The highest activity a human being can attain is learning for understanding, because to understand is to be free.

Music is good to the melancholy, bad to those who mourn, and neither good nor bad to the deaf.

True virtue is life under the direction of reason.

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.

None are more taken in by flattery than the proud, who wish to be the first and are not.

We feel and know that we are eternal.

Peace is not the absence of war, but a virtue based on strength of character.

It may easily come to pass that a vain man may become proud and imagine himself pleasing to all when he is in reality a universal nuisance.

Desire is the essence of a man.

Happiness is a virtue, not its reward.