Love is nothing but Joy with the accompanying idea of an external cause (Ethics, part III, proposition 13, scholium).
If you want the present to be different from the past, study the past.
Everything excellent is as difficult as it is rare.
everyone endeavors as much as possible to make others love what he loves, and to hate what he hates… This effort to make everyone approve what we love or hate is in truth ambition, and so we see that each person by nature desires that other persons should live according to his way of thinking…
The order and connection of ideas in the same as the order and connection of things
Der Endzweck des Staates ist … im Grund die Freiheit.
Of all the things that are beyond my power, I value nothing more highly than to be allowed the honor of entering into bonds of friendship with people who sincerely love truth. For, of things beyond our power, I believe there is nothing in the world which we can love with tranquility except such men.