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Top 43 René Descartes Quotes (PHILOSOPHER)

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The reading of all good books is like conversation with the finest men of past centuries.
The reading of all good books is like conversation with the finest men of past centuries.
It is not enough to have a good mind. The main thing is to use it well.
It is not enough to have a good mind. The main thing is to use it well.
The greatest minds are capable of the greatest vices as well as of the greatest virtues.
The greatest minds are capable of the greatest vices as well as of the greatest virtues.
Conquer yourself rather than the world.
Conquer yourself rather than the world.
I doubt, therefore I think, therefore I am.
I doubt, therefore I think, therefore I am.
We do not describe the world we see, we see the world we can describe.
We do not describe the world we see, we see the world we can describe.
An optimist may see a light where there is none, but why must the pessimist always run to blow it out?
An optimist may see a light where there is none, but why must the pessimist always run to blow it out?
The only thing we have power over in the universe is our own thoughts.
The only thing we have power over in the universe is our own thoughts.
There is nothing so strange and so unbelievable that it has not been said by one philosopher or another.
There is nothing so strange and so unbelievable that it has not been said by one philosopher or another.
I am indeed amazed when I consider how weak my mind is and how prone to error.
I am indeed amazed when I consider how weak my mind is and how prone to error.

4 Powerful René Descartes Quotes on Truth

To live without philosophizing is in truth the same as keeping the eyes closed without attempting to open them.
To live without philosophizing is in truth the same as keeping the eyes closed without attempting to open them.
Truths will be discovered by an individual rather than a whole people.
Truths will be discovered by an individual rather than a whole people.
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.
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.
There is nothing more ancient than the truth.
There is nothing more ancient than the truth.

6 Inspirational René Descartes Quotes About Life

Whenever anyone has offended me, I try to raise my soul so high that the offense cannot reach it.
Whenever anyone has offended me, I try to raise my soul so high that the offense cannot reach it.
Except our own thoughts, there is nothing absolutely in our power.
Except our own thoughts, there is nothing absolutely in our power.
You just keep pushing. You just keep pushing. I made every mistake that could be made. But I just kept pushing.
You just keep pushing. You just keep pushing. I made every mistake that could be made. But I just kept pushing.
Each problem that I solved became a rule which served afterwards to solve other problems.
Each problem that I solved became a rule which served afterwards to solve other problems.
At last I will devote myself sincerely and without reservation to the general demolition of my opinions.
At last I will devote myself sincerely and without reservation to the general demolition of my opinions.
Travelling is almost like talking with those of other centuries.
Travelling is almost like talking with those of other centuries.

4 René Descartes Quotes on Mathematics

Mathematics is a more powerful instrument of knowledge than any other that has been bequeathed to us by human agency.
Mathematics is a more powerful instrument of knowledge than any other that has been bequeathed to us by human agency.
With me, everything turns into mathematics.
With me, everything turns into mathematics.
But in my opinion, all things in nature occur mathematically.
But in my opinion, all things in nature occur mathematically.
Among all those who up to this time made discoveries in the sciences, it was the mathematicians alone who had been able to arrive at demonstrations.
Among all those who up to this time made discoveries in the sciences, it was the mathematicians alone who had been able to arrive at demonstrations.

10 René Descartes Quotes that will Make You Think (WISDOM)

“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.”

René Descartes
Common sense is the most widely shared commodity in the world, for every man is convinced that he is well supplied with it.
Common sense is the most widely shared commodity in the world, for every man is convinced that he is well supplied with it.
Doubt is the origin of wisdom.
Doubt is the origin of wisdom.
The only thing that I know, is that I know nothing.
The only thing that I know, is that I know nothing.
How can you be certain that your whole life is not a dream
How can you be certain that your whole life is not a dream?

“For I found myself embarrassed with so many doubts and errors that it seemed to me that the effort to instruct myself had no effect other than the increasing discovery of my own ignorance.”

René Descartes
Perfect numbers like perfect men are very rare.
Perfect numbers like perfect men are very rare.
I know that I exist; the question is, What is this 'I' that 'I' know.
I know that I exist; the question is, What is this ‘I’ that ‘I’ know.
The chief cause of human errors is to be found in the prejudices picked up in childhood.
The chief cause of human errors is to be found in the prejudices picked up in childhood.
I am accustomed to sleep and in my dreams to imagine the same things that lunatics imagine when awake.
I am accustomed to sleep and in my dreams to imagine the same things that lunatics imagine when awake.

9 Wise René Descartes Quotes to Live By

In order to improve the mind, we ought less to learn than to contemplate.
In order to improve the mind, we ought less to learn than to contemplate.
I desire to live in peace and to continue the life I have begun under the motto 'to live well you must live unseen.'
I desire to live in peace and to continue the life I have begun under the motto ‘to live well you must live unseen.’
He who hid well, lived well.
He who hid well, lived well.
To know what people really think, pay attention to what they do, rather than what they say.
To know what people really think, pay attention to what they do, rather than what they say.
It is only prudent never to place complete confidence in that by which we have even once been deceived.
It is only prudent never to place complete confidence in that by which we have even once been deceived.
Divide each difficulty into as many parts as is feasible and necessary to resolve it.
Divide each difficulty into as many parts as is feasible and necessary to resolve it.
Wonder is the first of all the passions.
Wonder is the first of all the passions.
When it is not in our power to follow what is true, we ought to follow what is most probable.
When it is not in our power to follow what is true, we ought to follow what is most probable.
The thinking of the mind is twofold: understanding and willing.
The thinking of the mind is twofold: understanding and willing.

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