Best quotes by the French Mathematician Rene Descartes

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

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

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

Divide each difficulty into as many parts as is feasible and necessary to resolve it.
  • Simplicity



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

Except our own thoughts, there is nothing absolutely in our power.
  • Thought

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

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.
  • Doubt

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

When writing about transcendental issues, be transcendentally clear.
  • Authors

I think; therefore I am.
  • think

Everything is self-evident.
  • self-evident

Cogito ergo sum. (I think, therefore I am.)
  • latin

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

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

Illusory joy is often worth more than genuine sorrow.
  • genuine

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.
  • Philosophy

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.
  • Reading

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

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.
  • Legacy

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.
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