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27 Insightful Quotes By Rene Descartes That Will Inspirit The Dialecticians

Quick Facts

Famous As: Mathematician, Philosopher and Writer

Born On: March 31, 1596

Died On: February 11, 1650

Born In: La Haye en Touraine, Touraine, France

Died At Age: 53

Rene Descartes was an eminent French scientist, philosopher and mathematician who is called as ‘The Father of Modern Western Philosophy’. His thoughts, writings and works are studied to this day and a lot of thoughts in western philosophy have come as a result of his writings. He served in the ‘Dutch States Army of Maurice of Nassau’ for a short period of time. Descartes is also regarded as one of the most pronounced scholarly representatives of the ‘Dutch Golden Age’. His writings and books especially ‘Meditations on First Philosophy’ is considered as a bible in most philosophy department in universities. He has also been ascribed as the ‘Father of Analytical Geometry’. Let us browse through the thoughts, viewpoints and thesis by the notable mathematician which hold a world of wisdom in them and are used as quotable quotes extensively. Read through the quotes and sayings by Rene Descartes which are sure to inspire you.

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

René Déscartes

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

René Déscartes

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

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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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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.

René Déscartes

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

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

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

René Déscartes

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

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Everything is self-evident.

René Déscartes

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

René Déscartes

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

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Perfect numbers like perfect men are very rare.

René Déscartes

Travelling is almost like talking with those of other centuries.

René Déscartes

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

René Déscartes

Illusory joy is often worth more than genuine sorrow.

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

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

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

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

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

René Déscartes

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

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

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I think; therefore I am.

René Déscartes

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.

René Déscartes