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Rene Descartes
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The two operations of our understanding, intuition and deduction, on which alone we have said we must rely in the acquisition of knowledge. Rene Descartes
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The greatest minds are capable of the greatest vices as well as of the greatest virtues. Rene Descartes
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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. Rene Descartes
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Because reason...is the only thing that makes us men, and distinguishes us from the beasts, I would prefer to believe that it exists, in its entirety, in each of us... Rene Descartes
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Common sense is the best distributed thing in the world, for we all think we possess a good share of it. Rene Descartes
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There is a difference between happiness, the supreme good, and the final end or goal toward which our actions ought to tend. For happiness is not the supreme good, but presupposes it, being the contentment or satisfaction of the mind which results from possessing it. Rene Descartes
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Conquer yourself rather than the world. Rene Descartes
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In order to improve the mind, we ought less to learn, than to contemplate. Rene Descartes
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A state is better governed which has few laws, and those laws strictly observed. Rene Descartes
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It is quite evident that existence can no more be separated from the essence of God than the fact that its three angles equal two right angles can be separated from the idea of a triangle, or than the idea of a mountain can be separated from the idea of a valley. Hence it is just as much of a contradiction to think of God (that is, a supremely perfect being) lacking existence (that is, lacking a perfection), as it is to think of a mountain without a valley. Rene Descartes
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I think, therefore I am. Rene Descartes
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... 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
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We do not describe the world we see, we see the world we can describe. Rene Descartes
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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
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Here I beg you to observe in passing that the scruples that prevented ancient writers from using arithmetical terms in geometry, and which can only be a consequence of their inability to perceive clearly the relation between these two subjects, introduced much obscurity and confusion into their explanations. Rene Descartes
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In the matter of a difficult question it is more likely that the truth should have been discovered by the few than by the many. Rene Descartes
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When writing about transcendental issues, be transcendentally clear. Rene Descartes
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As I considered the matter carefully it gradually came to light that all those matters only were referred to mathematics in which order and measurements are investigated, and that it makes no difference whether it be in numbers, figures, stars, sounds or any other object that the question of measurement arises. I saw consequently that there must be some general science to explain that element as a whole which gives rise to problems about order and measurement, restricted as these are to no special subject matter. This, I perceived was called 'universal mathematics'. Rene Descartes
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For each of us there is a set limit to our intellectual powers which we cannot pass. Rene Descartes
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It is to the body alone that we should attribute everything that can be observed in us to oppose our reason. Rene Descartes
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Give me extension and motion and I will construct the universe. Rene Descartes
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I suppose therefore that all things I see are illusions; I believe that nothing has ever existed of everything my lying memory tells me. I think I have no senses. I believe that body, shape, extension, motion, location are functions. What is there then that can be taken as true? Perhaps only this one thing, that nothing at all is certain. Rene Descartes
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He who hid well, lived well. Rene Descartes
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At last I will devote myself sincerely and without reservation to the general demolition of my opinions. Rene Descartes
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You just keep pushing. You just keep pushing. I made every mistake that could be made. But I just kept pushing. Rene Descartes
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Except our own thoughts, there is nothing absolutely in our power. Rene Descartes
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Each problem that I solved became a rule, which served afterwards to solve other problems. Rene Descartes
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Good sense is the most equitably distributed of all things because no matter how much or little a person has, everyone feels so abundantly provided with good sense that he feels no desire for more than he already possesses. Rene Descartes
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It is contrary to reason to say that there is a vacuum or space in which there is absolutely nothing. Rene Descartes
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The last rule was to make enumerations so complete, and reviews so comprehensive, that I should be certain of omitting nothing. Rene Descartes
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Cogito ergo sum. (I think; therefore I am.) Rene Descartes
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Situations in life often permit no delay; and when we cannot determine the course which is certainly best, we must follow the one which is probably the best. This frame of mind freed me also from the repentance and remorse commonly felt by those vacillating individuals who are always seeking as worthwhile things which they later judge to be bad. Rene Descartes
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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
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This result could have been achieved either by his [God] endowing my intellect with a clear and distinct perception of everything about which I would ever deliberate, or simply by impressing the following rule so firmly upon my memory that I could never forget it: I should never judge anything that I do not clearly and distinctly understand. Rene Descartes
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The object of music is a Sound. The end; to delight, and move various Affections in us. Rene Descartes
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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. Rene Descartes
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The mind effortlessly and automatically takes in new ideas, which remain in limbo until verified or rejected by conscious, rational analysis. Rene Descartes
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If I simply refrain from making a judgment in cases where I do not perceive the truth with sufficient clarity and distinctness, then it is clear that I am behaving correctly and avoiding error. Rene Descartes
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If I go for the alternative which is false, then obviously I shall be in error; if I take the other side, then it is by... chance that I arrive at the truth, and I shall still be at fault.... In this incorrect use of free will may be found the privation which constitutes the essence of error. Rene Descartes
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