Baruch Spinoza quote about fear from Ethics - Things which are accidentally the causes of hope or fear are called good or evil omens.
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Things which are accidentally the causes of hope or fear are called good or evil omens.
 Baruch Spinoza, Ethics (1677). copy citation

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Author Baruch Spinoza
Source Ethics
Topic fear evil hope
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

“and xliii.
PROP. L. Anything whatever can be, accidentally, a cause of hope or fear.
Proof.—This proposition is proved in the same way as III. xv., which see, together with the note to III. XVIII.
Note.—Things which are accidentally the causes of hope or fear are called good or evil omens. Now, in so far as such omens are the cause of hope or fear, they are (by the definitions of hope and fear given in III. XVIII. note) the causes also of pleasure and pain; consequently we, to this extent, regard them with love or hatred, and endeavour either to invoke them as means towards that which we hope for, or to remove them as obstacles, or causes of that which we fear.” source

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