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Ethics, Demonstrated in Geometrical Order , usually known as the Ethics, is a philosophical treatise written in Latin by Benedict de Spinoza. It was written between 1664 and 1665 and was first published posthumously in 1677.
Part IV, Prop. LV
Original: (la) Maxima superbia vel abjectio est maxima sui ignorantia.
Part I, Prop. XVIII
Original: (la) Deus est omnium rerum causa immanens, non vero transiens
„Needs must it be hard, since it is so seldom found. How would it be possible, if salvation were ready to our hand, and could without great labour be found, that it should be by almost all men neglected? But all things excellent are as difficult as they are rare.“
Part V, Prop. XLII, Scholium
Original: (la) Et sane arduum debet esse, quod adeo raro reperitur. Qui enim posset fieri, si salus in promptu esset et sine magno labore reperiri posset, ut ab omnibus fere negligeretur? Sed omnia praeclara tam difficilia, quam rara sunt.
„[B]y Natura naturans we must understand what is in itself and is conceived through itself, or such attributes of substance as express an eternal and infinite essence, that is … God, insofar as he is considered as a free cause.
But by Natura naturata I understand whatever follows from the necessity of God's nature, or from God's attributes, that is, all the modes of God's attributes insofar as they are considered as things which are in God, and can neither be nor be conceived without God.“
Part I, Prop. XXIX, Scholium (trans: Edwin Curley, London: Penguin, 1996)
„The order and connection of the thought is identical to with the order and connection of the things.“
Part II, Prop. VII
Original: (la) Ordo et connexio idearum idem est ac ordo et connexio rerum
„This endeavour to do a thing or leave it undone, solely in order to please men, we call ambition, especially when we so eagerly endeavour to please the vulgar, that we do or omit certain things to our own or another's hurt : in other cases it is generally called kindliness.“
Part III, Prop. XXIX
Original: (la) Hic conatus aliquid agendi et etiam omittendi ea sola de causa ut hominibus placeamus, vocatur ambitio præsertim quando adeo impense vulgo placere conamur ut cum nostro aut alterius damno quædam agamus vel omittamus; alias humanitas appellari solet.
„Human infirmity in moderating and checking the emotions I name bondage: for, when a man is a prey to his emotions, he is not his own master, but lies at the mercy of fortune: so much so, that he is often compelled, while seeing that which is better for him, to follow that which is worse.“
Part IV, Preface; translation by R. H. M. Elwes
Original: (la) Humanam impotentiam in moderandis et coercendis affectibus servitutem voco; homo enim affectibus obnoxius sui juris non est sed fortunæ in cujus potestate ita est ut sæpe coactus sit quanquam meliora sibi videat, deteriora tamen sequi.
Original: (la) Meum institutum non est verborum significationem sed rerum naturam explicare
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„A free man thinks of death least of all things; and his wisdom is a meditation not of death but of life.“
Part IV, Prop. LXVII
Original: (la) Homo liber de nulla re minus, quam de morte cogitat, et ejus sapientia non mortis, sed vitae meditatio est.
Part II, Prop. XLIII, Scholium
Original: (la) veritas norma sui et falsi est