"Peace is not the absence of war, but a virtue based on strength of character."
"We gain strength, and courage, and confidence by each experience in which we really stop to look fear in the face... we must do that which we think we cannot."Baruch Spinoza on Eleanor Roosevelt
"That which does not kill us makes us stronger."Baruch Spinoza on Friedrich Nietzsche
"Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved."Baruch Spinoza on Helen Keller
"Do not pray for easy lives. Pray to be stronger men."Baruch Spinoza on John F. Kennedy
"The world breaks everyone, and afterward, some are strong at the broken places."Baruch Spinoza on Ernest Hemingway
"He alone is free who lives with free consent under the entire guidance of reason."
"Only that thing is free which exists by the necessities of its own nature, and is determined in its actions by itself alone."
"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."
"There is no hope unmingled with fear, and no fear unmingled with hope."
"Fear cannot be without hope nor hope without fear."