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   Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations.  1989.
 
 
NUMBER:785
AUTHOR:Baruch Spinoza (1632–77)
QUOTATION:The ultimate aim of government is not to rule, or restrain, by fear, nor to exact obedience, but contrariwise, to free every man from fear, that he may live in all possible security; in other words, to strengthen his natural right to exist and work without injury to himself or others.

  No, the object of government is not to change men from rational beings into beasts or puppets, but to enable them to develop their minds and bodies in security, and to employ their reason unshackled; neither showing hatred, anger, or deceit, nor watched with the eyes of jealousy and injustice. In fact, the true aim of government is liberty.
ATTRIBUTION:BARUCH SPINOZA, “Tractatus Theologico-Politicus,” Writings on Political Philosophy, ed. A. G. A. Balz, trans. R. H. M. Elwes, p. 65 (1937). Other translations vary.
SUBJECTS:Government—purpose of
 
 
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