Quotes by French Mathematician Rene Descartes




The reading of all good books is like a conversation with the finest minds of past centuries. Rene Descartes

It is not enough to have a good mind; the main thing is to use it well. Rene Descartes

Divide each difficulty into as many parts as is feasible and necessary to resolve it. Rene Descartes

To know what people really think, pay regard to what they do, rather than what they say. Rene Descartes

Whenever anyone has offended me, I try to raise my soul so high that the offense cannot reach it. Rene Descartes

Except our own thoughts, there is nothing absolutely in our power. Rene Descartes

If you would be a real seeker after truth, it is necessary that at least once in your life you doubt, as far as possible, all things. Rene Descartes

Nothing is more fairly distributed than common sense: no one thinks he needs more of it than he already has. Rene Descartes

Each problem that I solved became a rule, which served afterwards to solve other problems. Rene Descartes

When writing about transcendental issues, be transcendentally clear. Rene Descartes

Everything is self-evident. Rene Descartes

I think; therefore I am. Rene Descartes

I am accustomed to sleep and in my dreams to imagine the same things that lunatics imagine when awake. Rene Descartes

When it is not in our power to follow what is true, we ought to follow what is most probable. Rene Descartes

Cogito ergo sum. (I think, therefore I am.) Rene Descartes

Illusory joy is often worth more than genuine sorrow. Rene Descartes

In order to improve the mind, we ought less to learn, than to contemplate. Rene Descartes
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There is nothing so strange and so unbelievable that it has not been said by one philosopher or another. Rene Descartes

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. Rene Descartes

I am accustomed to sleep, and in my dreams to imagine the same things that lunatics imagine when awake. Rene Descartes


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