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

Rene Descartes on books

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

Rene Descartes on manners

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

Rene Descartes on education

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

Rene Descartes on simplicity

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

Rene Descartes on insults

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

Rene Descartes on thought
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I think; therefore I am.

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

Rene Descartes on 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.

Rene Descartes on doubt

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

Rene Descartes on knowledge

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

Rene Descartes on latin

I think; therefore I am.

Rene Descartes on think

Everything is self-evident.

Rene Descartes on self-evident
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Conquer yourself rather than the world.

About Rene Descartes

Name Rene Descartes
Quotes 31 quotations
Nationality French
Profession Mathematician
Birthday March 31, 1596
About 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.
Top topics mind, centuries, fairly, distributed, common

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

Rene Descartes on dreams

When writing about transcendental issues, be transcendentally clear.

Rene Descartes on authors

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

Rene Descartes on follow

Illusory joy is often worth more than genuine sorrow.

Rene Descartes on genuine

In order to improve the mind, we ought less to learn, than to contemplate.

Rene Descartes on order

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 on reading

There is nothing so strange and so unbelievable that it has not been said by one philosopher or another.

Rene Descartes on philosophy

It is only prudent never to place complete confidence in that by which we have even once been deceived.

Rene Descartes on confidence

The first precept was never to accept a thing as true until I knew it as such without a single doubt.

Rene Descartes on true

I am indeed amazed when I consider how weak my mind is and how prone to error.

Rene Descartes on mind

Travelling is almost like talking with those of other centuries.

Rene Descartes on talking

A state is better governed which has few laws, and those laws strictly observed.

Rene Descartes on government

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.

Rene Descartes on legacy

One cannot conceive anything so strange and so implausible that it has not already been said by one philosopher or another.

Rene Descartes on strange

The senses deceive from time to time, and it is prudent never to trust wholly those who have deceived us even once.

Rene Descartes on time

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.

Rene Descartes on common

The greatest minds are capable of the greatest vices as well as of the greatest virtues.

Rene Descartes on minds

The two operations of our understanding, intuition and deduction, on which alone we have said we must rely in the acquisition of knowledge.

Rene Descartes on knowledge

Perfect numbers like perfect men are very rare.

Rene Descartes on perfect