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Descartes Quotes

Descartes Quotes

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Quotes of wisdom from the philosopher Descartes (1596-1650).
Quotes of wisdom from the philosopher Descartes (1596-1650).

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state is better governed which has few laws, and those laws strictly observed.
 
An optimist may see a light where there is none, but why must the pessimist always run toblow it out?
 
Common sense is the most fairly distributed thing in the world, for each one thinks he is sowell-endowed with it that even those who are hardest to satisfy in all other matters are notin 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.
 
Each problem that I solved became a rule, which served afterwards to solve other problems.
Everything is self-evident.
 
Except our own thoughts, there is nothing absolutely in our power.
 
I am accustomed to sleep and in my dreams to imagine the same things that lunaticsimagine 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.
 
I think; therefore I am.
 
If you would be a real seeker after truth, it is necessary that at least once in your life youdoubt, 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 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 oncebeen deceived.
 
Nothing is more fairly distributed than common sense: no one thinks he needs more of itthan he already has.
 
One cannot conceive anything so strange and so implausible that it has not already beensaid by one philosopher or another.
 
Perfect numbers like perfect men are very rare.
 
The first precept was never to accept a thing as true until I knew it as such without a singledoubt.
 
The greatest minds are capable of the greatest vices as well as of the greatest virtues.
 
The greatest minds, as they are capable of the highest excellencies, are open likewise to thegreatest aberrations.
 
The reading of all good books is like a conversation with the finest minds of past centuries.
 
The senses deceive from time to time, and it is prudent never to trust wholly those whohave deceived us even once.
 
The two operations of our understanding, intuition and deduction, on which alone we havesaid we must rely in the acquisition of knowledge.
 

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