René Descartes (French: [ʁəne dekaʁt]; Latinized: Renatus Cartesius; adjectival form: "Cartesian"; 31 March 1596 – 11 February 1650) was a French philosopher, mathematician, and writer who spent most of his life in the Dutch Republic. He has been dubbed The Father of Modern Philosophy, and much subsequent Western philosophy is a response to his writings, which are studied closely to this day.
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In order to improve the mind, we ought less to learn, than to contemplate.
There is nothing so strange and so unbelievable that it has not been said by one philosopher or another.
The reading of all good books is indeed like a conversation with the noblest men of past centuries who were the authors of them, nay a carefully studied conversation, in which they reveal to us none but the best of their thoughts.
A person has two passions for love and abhorrence.
A big disposition to excessiveness has just a love, because it is more ardent and stronger.
The greatest minds are capable of the greatest vices as well as of the greatest virtues.
The two operations of our understanding, intuition and deduction, on which alone we have said we must rely in the acquisition of knowledge.
Reason is nothing without imagination.
It is possible that I am dreaming right now and that all of my perceptions are false.
Perfect numbers like perfect men are very rare.
If I go for the alternative which is false, then obviously I shall be in error;
if I take the other side, then it is by... chance that I arrive at the truth, and I shall still be at fault.... In this incorrect use of free will may be found the privation which constitutes the essence of error.
It is only prudent never to place complete confidence in that by which we have even once been deceived.
For how do we know that the thoughts which occur in dreaming are false rather than those others which we experience when awake, since the former are often not less vivid and distinct than the latter?
I am indeed amazed when I consider how weak my mind is and how prone to error.
It is contrary to reasoning to say that there is a vacuum or space in which there is absolutely nothing.
The first precept was never to accept a thing as true until I knew it as such without a single doubt.
Neither divine grace nor natural knowledge ever diminishes freedom.
If I simply refrain from making a judgment in cases where I do not perceive the truth with sufficient clarity and distinctness, then it is clear that I am behaving correctly and avoiding error.
Travelling is almost like talking with those of other centuries.
Common sense is the most fairly distributed thing in the world, for each one thinks he is so well-endowed with it that even those who are hardest to satisfy in all other matters are not in the habit of desiring more of it than they already have.
I did not imitate the skeptics who doubt only for doubting's sake, and pretend to be always undecided; on the contrary, my whole intention was to arrive at a certainty, and to dig away the drift and the sand until I reached the rock or the clay beneath.
The only thing we have power over in the universe is our own thoughts.
A state is better governed which has few laws, and those laws strictly observed.
Sensations are nothing but confused modes of thinking.
I hope that posterity will judge me kindly, not only as to the things which I have explained, but also to those which I have intentionally omitted so as to leave to others the pleasure of discovery.
One cannot conceive anything so strange and so implausible that it has not already been said by one philosopher or another.
The senses deceive from time to time, and it is prudent never to trust wholly those who have deceived us even once.