René Descartes was a famous French philosopher, mathematician, and scientist.


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1. “Doubt is the origin of wisdom.” ~ (René Descartes).

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2. “I think therefore am.” ~ (René Descartes).

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3. “You just keep pushing. You just keep pushing. I made every mistake that could be made. But I just kept pushing.” ~ (René Descartes).

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4. “Conquer yourself rather than the world.” ~ (René Descartes).

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5. “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.” ~ (René Descartes).

6. “Mathematics is a more powerful instrument of knowledge than any other that has been bequeathed to us by human agency.” ~ (René Descartes).

7. “The reading of all good books is like a conversation with the finest minds of past centuries.” ~ (René Descartes).

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8. “We do not describe the world we see, we see the world we can describe.” ~ (René Descartes).

9. “It is not enough to have a good mind; the main thing is to use it well.” ~ (René Descartes).

10. “De omnibus dubitandum.” ~ (René Descartes).

11. “I can doubt everything, except one thing, and that is the very fact that I doubt. Simply put – I think, therefore I am.” ~ (René Descartes).

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12. “Nothing comes out of nothing.” ~ (René Descartes).

13. “Except our own thoughts, there is nothing absolutely in our power.” ~ (René Descartes).

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14. “The only thing that I know, is that I know nothing.” ~ (René Descartes).

15. “Science is practical philosophy.” ~ (René Descartes).

16. “Divide each difficulty into as many parts as is feasible and necessary to resolve it.” ~ (René Descartes).

17. “All is to be doubted.” ~ (René Descartes).

18. “To know what people really think, pay attention to what they do, rather than what they say.” ~ (René Descartes).

19. “Wonder is the first of all the passions.” ~ (René Descartes).

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20. “Any community that gets its laughs by pretending to be idiots will eventually be flooded by actual idiots who mistakenly believe that they’re in good company.” ~ (René Descartes).

21. “He who hid well, lived well.” ~ (René Descartes).

22. “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.” ~ (René Descartes).

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23. “It is possible that I am dreaming right now and that all of my perceptions are false.” ~ (René Descartes).

24. “An optimist may see a light where there is none, but why must the pessimist always run to blow it out?” ~ (René Descartes).

25. “I know that I exist; the question is, What is this ‘I’ that ‘I’ know.” ~ (René Descartes).

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26. “With me, everything turns into mathematics.” ~ (René Descartes).

27. “Intuition is the undoubting conception of a pure and attentive mind, which arises from the light of reason alone, and is more certain than deduction.” ~ (René Descartes).

28. “Each problem that I solved became a rule, which served afterwards to solve other problems.” ~ (René Descartes).

29. “Masked, I advance.” ~ (René Descartes).

30. “The senses deceive from time to time, and it is prudent never to trust wholly those who have deceived us even once.” ~ (René Descartes).

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31. “Everything is self-evident.” ~ (René Descartes).

32. “How can you be certain that your whole life is not a dream?” ~ (René Descartes).

33. “But in my opinion, all things in nature occur mathematically.” ~ (René Descartes).

34. “He lives well who is well hidden.” ~ (René Descartes).

35. “Whenever anyone has offended me, I try to raise my soul so high that the offense cannot reach it.” ~ (René Descartes).

36. “Reason is nothing without imagination.” ~ (René Descartes).

37. “I have concluded the evident existence of God, and that my existence depends entirely on God in all the moments of my life, that I do not think that the human spirit may know anything with greater evidence and certitude.” ~ (René Descartes).

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38. “The chief cause of human errors is to be found in the prejudices picked up in childhood.” ~ (René Descartes).

39. “In God there is an infinitude of things which I cannot comprehend, nor possibly even reach in any way by thought; for it is the nature of the infinite that my nature, which is finite and limited, should not comprehend it.” ~ (René Descartes).

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40. “When I consider this carefully, I find not a single property which with certainty separates the waking state from the dream. How can you be certain that your whole life is not a dream?” ~ (René Descartes).

41. “Nothing is more fairly distributed than common sense: no one thinks he needs more of it than he already has.” ~ (René Descartes).

42. “To live without philosophizing is in truth the same as keeping the eyes closed without attempting to open them.” ~ (René Descartes).

43. “Intuitive knowledge is an illumination of the soul, whereby it beholds in the light of God those things which it pleases Him to reveal to us by a direct impression of divine clearness.” ~ (Rene Descartes).

44. “I desire to live in peace and to continue the life I have begun under the motto ’to live well you must live unseen.” ~ (Rene Descartes).

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45. “In order to improve the mind, we ought less to learn, than to contemplate.” ~ (René Descartes).

46. “Illusory joy is often worth more than genuine sorrow.” ~ (René Descartes).

47. “Your joy is your sorrow unmasked. And the self-same well from which your laughter rises was often-times filled with your tears.” ~ (René Descartes).

48. “A state is better governed which has few laws, and those laws strictly observed.” ~ (René Descartes).

49. “Few look for truth; many prowl about for a reputation of profundity by arrogantly challenging whichever arguments are the best.” ~ (René Descartes).

50. “The greatest minds are capable of the greatest vices as well as of the greatest virtues.” ~ (René Descartes).


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