Baruch Spinoza quote about self from Ethics - No one wishes to preserve his being for the sake of anything else.
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No one wishes to preserve his being for the sake of anything else.
 Baruch Spinoza, Ethics (1677). copy citation

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Author Baruch Spinoza
Source Ethics
Topic self preservation
Date 1677
Language English
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Note Translated by R. H. M. Elwes
Weblink http://www.gutenberg.org/files/3800/3800-h/3800-h.htm

Context

“: therefore to act in obedience to virtue is in us nothing else but to act, to live, or to preserve one's being in obedience to reason, and that on the basis of seeking what is useful for us (IV. XXII. Coroll.) . Q.E.D.
PROP. xxv. No one wishes to preserve his being for the sake of anything else.
Proof.—The endeavour, wherewith everything endeavours to persist in its being, is defined solely by the essence of the thing itself (III. vii.) ; from this alone, and not from the essence of anything else, it necessarily follows (III.” source

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