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Rene Descartes
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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. Rene Descartes
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Be that as it may, there is fixed in my mind a certain opinion of long [21] standing, namely that there exists a God who is able to do anything and by whom I, such as I am, have been created. How do I know that he did not bring it about that there is no earth at all, no heavens, no extended thing, no shape, no size, no place, and yet bringing it about that all these things appear to me to exist precisely as they do now? Rene Descartes
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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. Rene Descartes
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It is only prudent never to place complete confidence in that by which we have even once been deceived. Rene Descartes
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When it is not in our power to follow what is true, we ought to follow what is most probable. Rene Descartes
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Common sense is the most widely shared commodity in the world, for every man is convinced that he is well supplied with it. Rene Descartes
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But I cannot forget that, at other times I have been deceived in sleep by similar illusions; and, attentively considering those cases, I perceive so clearly that there exist no certain marks by which the state of waking can ever be distinguished from sleep, that I feel greatly astonished; and in amazement I almost persuade myself that I am now dreaming. Rene Descartes
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Whatever I have up till now accepted as most true and assured I have gotten either from the senses or through the senses. But from time to time I have found that the senses deceive, and it is prudent never to trust completely those who have deceived us even once. Rene Descartes
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Although my knowledge grows more and more, nevertheless I do not for that reason believe that it can ever be actually infinite, since it can never reach a point so high that it will be unable to attain any greater increase. Rene Descartes
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Sensations are nothing but confused modes of thinking. Rene Descartes
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If I found any new truths in the sciences, I can say that they follow from, or depend on, five or six principal problems which I succeeded in solving and which I regard as so many battles where the fortunes of war were on my side. Rene Descartes
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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. Rene Descartes
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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? Rene Descartes
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Some years ago I was struck by the large number of falsehoods that I had accepted as true in my childhood, and by the highly doubtful nature of the whole edifice that I had subsequently based on them. I realized that it was necessary, once in the course of my life, to demolish everything completely and start again right from the foundations if I wanted to establish anything at all in the sciences that was stable and likely to last. Rene Descartes
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Instead I ought to be grateful to Him who never owed me anything for having been so generous to me, rather than think that He deprived me of those things or has taken away from me whatever He did not give me. Rene Descartes
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For to be possessed of a vigorous mind is not enough; the prime requisite is rightly to apply it. Rene Descartes
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The reading of all good books is like a conversation with the finest minds of past centuries. Rene Descartes
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I think; therefore I am. Rene Descartes
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I am accustomed to sleep and in my dreams to imagine the same things that lunatics imagine when awake. Rene Descartes
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I experienced in myself a certain capacity for judging which I have doubtless received from God, like all the other things that I possess; and as He could not desire to deceive me, it is clear that He has not given me a faculty that will lead me to err if I use it aright. Rene Descartes
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If we possessed a thorough knowledge of all the parts of the seed of any animal (e.g. man), we could from that alone, be reasons entirely mathematical and certain, deduce the whole conformation and figure of each of its members, and, conversely if we knew several peculiarities of this conformation, we would from those deduce the nature of its seed. Rene Descartes
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Now therefore, that my mind is free from all cares, and that I have obtained for myself assured leisure in peaceful solitude, I shall apply myself seriously and freely to the general destruction of all my former opinions. Rene Descartes
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In philosophy, when we make use of false principles, we depart the farther from the knowledge of truth and wisdom exactly in proportion to the care with which we cultivate them, and apply ourselves to the deduction of diverse consequences from them, thinking that we are philosophizing well, while we are only departing the farther from the truth; from which it must be inferred that they who have learned the least of all that has been hitherto distinguished by the name of philosophy are the most fitted for the apprehension of truth. Rene Descartes
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The greatest minds, as they are capable of the highest excellencies, are open likewise to the greatest aberrations; and those who travel very slowly may yet make far greater progress, provided they keep always to the straight road, than those who, while they run, forsake it. Rene Descartes
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Neither the true nor the false roots are always real; sometimes they are imaginary; that is, while we can always imagine as many roots for each equation as I have assigned, yet there is not always a definite quantity corresponding to each root we have imagined. Rene Descartes
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It is possible that I am dreaming right now and that all of my perceptions are false. Rene Descartes
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A person has two passions for love and abhorrence. A big disposition to excessiveness has just a love, because it is more ardent and stronger. Rene Descartes
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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. Rene Descartes
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There is a little gland in the brain in which the soul exercises its functions in a more particular way than in the other parts. Rene Descartes
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And as it is the most generous souls who have most gratitude, it is those who have most pride, and who are most base and infirm, who most allow themselves to be carried away by anger and hatred. Rene Descartes
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When any one has offended me, I try to raise my soul so high that the offence cannot reach it. Rene Descartes
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Divide each difficulty into as many parts as is feasible and necessary to resolve it. Rene Descartes
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Whenever anyone has offended me, I try to raise my soul so high that the offense cannot reach it. Rene Descartes
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Perfect numbers like perfect men are very rare. Rene Descartes
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I know that I exist; the question is, What is this 'I' that 'I' know. Rene Descartes
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And I shall always hold myself more obliged to those by whose favour I enjoy uninterrupted leisure than to any who might offer me the most honourable positions in the world. Rene Descartes
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We call infinite that thing whose limits we have not perceived, and so by that word we do not signify what we understand about a thing, but rather what we do not understand. Rene Descartes
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But in my opinion, all things in nature occur mathematically. Rene Descartes
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Science is practical philosophy. Rene Descartes
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Neither divine grace nor natural knowledge ever diminishes freedom. Rene Descartes
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There is a great difference between mind and body insomuch as body is by nature always divisible, and the mind is entirely indivisible. Rene Descartes
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I think therefore am. Rene Descartes
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I did not imitate the skeptics who doubt only for doubting's sake, and pretend to be always undecided; on the contrary, my whole intention was to arrive at a certainty, and to dig away the drift and the sand until I reached the rock or the clay beneath. Rene Descartes
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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. Rene Descartes
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Your joy is your sorrow unmasked. And the self-same well from which your laughter rises was often-times filled with your tears. Rene Descartes
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Even the mind depends so much on temperament and the disposition of one's bodily organs that, if it is possible to find a way to make people generally more wise and more skilful than they have been in the past, I believe that we should look for it in medicine. It is true that medicine as it is currently practiced contains little of much use. Rene Descartes
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Bad books engender bad habits, but bad habits engender good books. Rene Descartes
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Let whoever can do so deceive me, he will never bring it about that I am nothing, so long as I continue to think I am something. Rene Descartes
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By 'God', I understand, a substance which is infinite, independent, supremely intelligent, supremely powerful, and which created both myself and everything else [...] that exists. All these attributes are such that, the more carefully I concentrate on them, the less possible it seems that they could have originated from me alone. So, from what has been said it must be concluded that God necessarily exists Rene Descartes
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It is not enough to have a good mind; the main thing is to use it well. Rene Descartes
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It must not be thought that it is ever possible to reach the interior earth by any perseverance in mining: both because the exterior earth is too thick, in comparison with human strength; and especially because of the intermediate waters, which would gush forth with greater impetus, the deeper the place in which their veins were first opened; and which would drown all miners. Rene Descartes
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I concluded that I might take as a general rule the principle that all things which we very clearly and obviously conceive are true: only observing, however, that there is some difficulty in rightly determining the objects which we distinctly conceive. Rene Descartes
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The only secure knowledge is that I exist. Rene Descartes
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Even those who have the weakest souls could acquire absolute mastery over all their passions if we employed sufficient ingenuity in training and guiding them. Rene Descartes
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Every man is indeed bound to do what he can to promote the good of others, and a man who is of no use to anyone is strictly worthless. Rene Descartes
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Nothing comes out of nothing. Rene Descartes
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Human wisdom remains always one and the same although applied to the most diverse objects and it is no more changed by their diversity than the sunshine is changed by the variety of objects which it illuminates. Rene Descartes
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Even if I were to suppose that I was dreaming and whatever I saw or imagined was false, yet I could not deny that ideas were truly in my mind. Rene Descartes
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For how do we know that the thoughts which occur in dreaming are false rather than those others which we experience when awake, since the former are often not less vivid and distinct than the latter? Rene Descartes
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Divide each difficulty at hand into as many pieces as possible and as could be required to better solve them. Rene Descartes
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The greatest spirits are capable of the greatest vices as well as of the greatest virtues. Rene Descartes
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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. Rene Descartes
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I am thing that thinks: that is, a things that doubts,affirms, denies, understands a few things, is ignorant of many things, is willing, is unwilling, and also which imagines and has sensory perceptions. Rene Descartes
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The entire method consists in the order and arrangement of the things to which the mind's eye must turn so that we can discover some truth. Rene Descartes
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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. Rene Descartes
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Desire awakens only to things that are thought possible. Rene Descartes
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I accept no principles of physics which are not also accepted in mathematics. Rene Descartes
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The only thing that I know, is that I know nothing Rene Descartes
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Thus each truth discovered was a rule available in the discovery of subsequent ones. Rene Descartes
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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. Rene Descartes
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