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Rene Descartes
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Just as we believe by faith that the greatest happiness of the next life consists simply in the contemplation of this divine majesty, likewise we experience that we derive the greatest joy of which we are capable in this life from the same contemplation, even though it is much less perfect. Rene Descartes

Any community that gets its laughs by pretending to be idiots will eventually be flooded by actual idiots who mistakenly believe that they're in good company. Rene Descartes

My third maxim was to try always to conquer myself rather than fortune, and to change my desires rather than the order of the world, and generally to accustom myself to believing that there is nothing entirely in our power except our thoughts, so that after we have done our best regarding things external to us, everything in which we do not succeed is for us absolutely impossible. Rene Descartes

Reason is nothing without imagination. Rene Descartes

While I was returning to the army from the coronation of the Emperor, the onset of winter detained me in quarters where, finding no conversation to divert me and fortunately having no cares or passions to trouble me, I stayed all day shut up alone in a stove-heated room, where I was completely free to converse with myself about my own thoughts. Rene Descartes

Doubt is the origin of wisdom. Rene Descartes

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 Rene Descartes

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

Everything is self-evident. Rene Descartes

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

The chief cause of human errors is to be found in the prejudices picked up in childhood. Rene Descartes

We never understand a thing so well,and make it our own, as when we have discovered it for ourselves. Rene Descartes

Good sense is, of all things among men, the most equally distributed; for every one thinks himself so abundantly provided with it, that those even who are the most difficult to satisfy in everything else, do not usually desire a larger measure of this quality than they already possess. Rene Descartes

But possibly I am something more than I suppose myself to be. Rene Descartes

Mathematics is a more powerful instrument of knowledge than any other that has been bequeathed to us by human agency. Rene Descartes

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

If ... it is not in my power to arrive at the knowledge of any truth, I may at least do what is in my power, namely, suspend judgement ... Rene Descartes

De omnibus dubitandum Rene Descartes

I am thinking, therefore I exist. (...) I was a substance whose whole essence or nature is solely to think, and which does not require any place, or depend on any material thing, in order to exist. Accordingly this 'I' - that is, the soul by which I am what I am - is entirely distinct from the body, and indeed is easier to know than the body, and would not fail to be whatever it is, even if the body did not exist. Rene Descartes

And thereby make ourselves, as it were, the lords and masters of nature. Rene Descartes

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. Rene Descartes

To live without philosophizing is in truth the same as keeping the eyes closed without attempting to open them. Rene Descartes

How do we know that anything really exists, that anything is really the way it seems ot us through our senses? Rene Descartes

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

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

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

Travelling is almost like talking with those of other centuries. Rene Descartes

It is best not to go on for great quest for truth , it will only make you miserable Rene Descartes

On the one hand I have a clear and distinct idea of myself, in so far as I am a thinking, non-extended thing; and on the other hand I have a distinct idea of body, in so far a this is simply an extended, non-thinking thing. And, accordingly, it is certain that I am really distinct from my body, and exist without it. Rene Descartes

There is nothing more ancient than the truth. Rene Descartes

What then is the source of my errors? They are owing simply to the fact that, since the will extends further than the intellect, I do not contain the will within the same boundaries; rather, I also extend it to things I do not understand. Because the will is indifferent in regard to such matters, it easily turns away from the true and the good; and in this way I am deceived and I sin. Rene Descartes

Archimedes, that he might transport the entire globe ... demanded only a point that was firm and immovable; so also, I shall be entitled to entertain the highest expectations, if I am fortunate enough to discover only one thing that is certain and indubitable. Rene Descartes

Wonder is the first of all the passions. Rene Descartes

I should consider that I know nothing about physics if I were able to explain only how things might be, and were unable to demonstrate that they could not be otherwise. Rene Descartes

... regard this body as a machine which, having been made by the hand of God, is incomparably better ordered than any machine that can be devised by man, and contains in itself movements more wonderful than those in any machine. ... it is for all practical purposes impossible for a machine to have enough organs to make it act in all the contingencies of life in the way in which our reason makes us act. Rene Descartes

All is to be doubted. Rene Descartes

There is nothing so far removed from us to be beyond our reach, or so far hidden that we cannot discover it. Rene Descartes

I can doubt everything, except one thing, and that is the very fact that I doubt. Simply put - I think, therefore I am Rene Descartes

It is contrary to reasoning to say that there is a vacuum or space in which there is absolutely nothing. Rene Descartes

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. Rene Descartes

Traveling is almost like talking with men of other centuries. Rene Descartes

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. Rene Descartes

Few look for truth; many prowl about for a reputation of profundity by arrogantly challenging whichever arguments are the best. Rene Descartes

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

[About Pierre de Fermat] It cannot be denied that he has had many exceptional ideas, and that he is a highly intelligent man. For my part, however, I have always been taught to take a broad overview of things, in order to be able to deduce from them general rules, which might be applicable elsewhere. Rene Descartes is certain that I am really distinct from my body, and can exist without it. Rene Descartes

Intuitive knowledge is an illumination of the soul, whereby it beholds in the light of God those things which it pleases Him to reveal to us by a direct impression of divine clearness. Rene Descartes

It's the familiar love-hate syndrome of seduction: "I don't really care what it is I say, I care only that you like it." Rene Descartes

Before examining this more carefully and investigating its consequences, I want to dwell for a moment in the contemplation of God, to ponder His attributes in me, to see, admire, and adore the beauty of His boundless light, insofar as my clouded insight allows. Believing that the supreme happiness of the other life consists wholly of the contemplation of divine greatness, I now find that through less perfect contemplation of the same sort I can gain the greatest joy available in this life. Rene Descartes

How can you be certain that your whole life is not a dream? Rene Descartes

So far, I have been a spectator in this theater which is the world, but I am now about to mount the stage, and I come forward masked. Rene Descartes

These long chains of perfectly simple and easy reasonings by means of which geometers are accustomed to carry out their most difficult demonstrations had led me to fancy that everything that can fall under human knowledge forms a similar sequence; and that so long as we avoid accepting as true what is not so, and always preserve the right order of deduction of one thing from another, there can be nothing too remote to be reached in the end, or to well hidden to be discovered. Rene Descartes

With me, everything turns into mathematics. Rene Descartes

I was convinced that our beliefs are based much more on custom and example than on any certain knowledge. Rene Descartes

Doubt is the origin of wisdom Rene Descartes

He lives well who is well hidden. Rene Descartes

The principal effect of the passions is that they incite and persuade the mind to will the events for which they prepared the body. Rene Descartes

The nature of matter, or body considered in general, consists not in its being something which is hard or heavy or coloured, or which affects the senses in any way, but simply in its being something which is extended in length, breadth and depth. Rene Descartes

Hence reason also demands that, since our thoughts cannot all be true because we are not wholly perfect, what truth they do possess must inevitably be found in the thoughts we have when awake, rather than in our dreams. Rene Descartes

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. Rene Descartes

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. Rene Descartes

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

Illusory joy is often worth more than genuine sorrow. Rene Descartes

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

God alone is the author of all the motions in the world. Rene Descartes

... moral certainty is certainty which is sufficient to regulate our behaviour, or which measures up to the certainty we have on matters relating to the conduct of life which we never normally doubt, though we know that it is possible, absolutely speaking, that they may be false. Rene Descartes

I think, therefore I am. Rene Descartes

The principal use of prudence, of self-control, is that it teaches us to be masters of our passions, and to so control and guide them that the evils which they cause are quite bearable, and that we even derive joy from them all. Rene Descartes

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

Truths are more likely to be discovered by one man than by a nation Rene Descartes

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