December 1, 2016

René Descartes Quotes

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

“But there is a deceiver of supreme power and cunning who is deliberately and constantly deceiving me. In that case I too undoubtedly exist, if he is deceiving me; and let him deceive me as much as he can, he will never bring it about that I am nothing so long as I think that I am something.”

“Common sense is the most fairly distributed thing in the world, for each one thinks he is so wellendowed 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.”

“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.”

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

“Doubt is the origin of wisdom.”

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

“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.”

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

“Good sense is the best distributed thing in the world: for everyone thinks himself so well endowed with it that even those who are the hardest to please in everything else do not usually desire more of it than they possess.”

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

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

“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.”

“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.”

“If you would be a real seeker after truth, you must at least once in your life doubt, as far as possible, all things.”

“Illusory joy is often worth more than genuine sorrow.”

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

“It is contrary to reason to say that there is a vacuum or space in which there is absolutely nothing.”

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

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

“It is well to know something of the manners of various peoples, in order more sanely to judge our own, and that we do not think that everything against our modes is ridiculous, and against reason, as those who have seen nothing are accustomed to think.”

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

“Of all things, good sense is the most fairly distributed: everyone thinks he is so well supplied with it that even those who are the hardest to satisfy in every other respect never desire more of it than they already have. fr en”

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

“Perfect numbers like perfect men are very rare.”

“So blind is the curiosity by which mortals are possessed, that they often conduct their minds along unexplored routes, having no reason to hope for success, but merely being willing to risk the experiment of finding whether the truth they seek lies there.”

“The first [rule] was never to accept anything as true if I did not have evident knowledge of its truth: that is, carefully to avoid precipitate conclusions and preconceptions, and to include nothing more in my judgements than what presented itself to my mind so clearly and so distinctly that I had no occasion to call it into doubt.”

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

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

“The greatest spirits are capable of the greatest vices as well as of the greatest virtues.”

“The last rule was to make enumerations so complete, and reviews so comprehensive, that I should be certain of omitting nothing.”

“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.”

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

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

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

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

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

“Traveling is almost like talking with men of other centuries.”

“Travelling is almost like talking with those of other centuries.”

“When any one has offended me, I try to raise my soul so high that the offence cannot reach it.”

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

“When writing about transcendental issues, be transcendentally clear.”

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

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