Peace, Spinoza said, is not the absence of war but the presence of justice.
The study of Spinoza (whose works he translated) gave form to his convictions concerning human life.
The system of Spinoza is less personal and also less dualistic than that of Descartes.
Spinoza's dictum applies to what William James called the "psychologist's fallacy."
"'Tis a Greek goddess," said Spinoza with labored lightness.
From this time on Spinoza was more or less under the ban, and rumors of his heresy were rife.
"Thou forgettest to reckon with the mathematics," laughed Spinoza.
His view of the relation of God to his creatures is held to foreshadow the pantheism of Spinoza.
"'Tis not the way to help or uplift mankind," said Spinoza mildly.
Why would you go further than he, and, through a foolish pride, plunge into the abyss where Spinoza dared not to descend?