Top quotes by Rene Descartes

Rene Descartes's top quotes. 'Travelling is almost like talking with those of other centuries.' 'There is nothing so strange and so unbelievable that it has not been said by one philosopher or another.'

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Travelling is almost like talking with those of other centuries.

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

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

Illusory joy is often worth more than genuine sorrow.

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

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

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

Everything is self-evident.

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

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.

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

Perfect numbers like perfect men are very rare.

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

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.

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.

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

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

I think; therefore I am.

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

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

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