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. In particular, his Meditations on First Philosophy continues to be a standard text at most university philosophy departments. Descartes' influence in mathematics is equally apparent; the Cartesian coordinate system — allowing reference to a point in space as a set of numbers, and allowing algebraic equations to be expressed as geometric shapes in a two-dimensional coordinate system (and conversely, shapes to be described as equations) — was named after him. He is credited as the father of analytical geometry, the bridge between algebra and geometry, crucial to the discovery of infinitesimal calculus and analysis. Descartes was also one of the key figures in the scientific revolution and has been described as an example of genius. He refused to accept the authority of previous philosophers and also refused to accept the obviousness of his own senses.

The reading of all good books is like a conversation with the finest minds of past centuries.
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It is not enough to have a good mind; the main thing is to use it well.
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Divide each difficulty into as many parts as is feasible and necessary to resolve it.
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To know what people really think, pay regard to what they do, rather than what they say.
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Whenever anyone has offended me, I try to raise my soul so high that the offense cannot reach it.
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Except our own thoughts, there is nothing absolutely in our power.
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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.
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Nothing is more fairly distributed than common sense: no one thinks he needs more of it than he already has.
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Each problem that I solved became a rule, which served afterwards to solve other problems.
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When writing about transcendental issues, be transcendentally clear.
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I am accustomed to sleep and in my dreams to imagine the same things that lunatics imagine when awake.
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When it is not in our power to follow what is true, we ought to follow what is most probable.
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Illusory joy is often worth more than genuine sorrow.
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In order to improve the mind, we ought less to learn, than to contemplate.
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There is nothing so strange and so unbelievable that it has not been said by one philosopher or another.
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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.
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I am accustomed to sleep, and in my dreams to imagine the same things that lunatics imagine when awake.
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