Rene Descartes Quotes


"The reading of all good books is like conversation with the finest men of past centuries."

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

"Travelling is almost like talking with those of other centuries."

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

"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."

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

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

"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."

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

"An optimist may see a light where there is none, but why must the pessimist always run to blow it out?."

"You just keep pushing. You just keep pushing. I made every mistake that could be made. But I just kept pushing."

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

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

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

"Everybody thinks himself so well supplied with common sense that even those most difficult to please. . . never desire more of it than they already have."

"Dubito ergo cogito; cogito ergo sum.
(I doubt, therefore I think; I think therefore I am)"

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

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

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

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

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

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

"Perfect numbers like perfect men are very rare."

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

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

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