Quotation by Baruch Spinoza

Men would never be superstitious, if they could govern all their circumstances by set rules, or if they were always favoured by fortune: but being frequently driven into straits where rules are useless, and being often kept fluctuating pitiably between hope and fear by the uncertainty of fortune's greedily coveted favours, they are consequently for the most part, very prone to credulity.
Baruch (Benedict) Spinoza (1623–1677), Dutch pantheistic philosopher. Preface, p. 3, A Theologico-Political Treatise: A Political Treatise, trans. by R.H.M. Elwes, Dover, New York (1955).

Spinoza's Theologico-Political Treatise Ethics was a landmark in Biblical criticism.
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