René Descartes

1596 - 1650

A Quote by René Descartes on power

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Except our own thoughts, there is nothing absolutely in our power.

René Descartes (1596 - 1650)

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A Quote by René Descartes on power

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When it is not in our power to determine what is true, we ought to follow what is most probable.

René Descartes (1596 - 1650)

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A Quote by René Descartes on clarity and writing

When writing about transcendental issues, be transcendentally clear.

René Descartes (1596 - 1650)

Source: G. Simmons Calculus Gems. New York: McGraw Hill Inc., 1992.

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A Quote by René Descartes on mathematics

With me everything turns into mathematics. omnia apud me mathematica fiunt

René Descartes (1596 - 1650)

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A Quote by René Descartes on fortune, problems, and war

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.

René Descartes (1596 - 1650)

Source: Discours de la Méthode. 1637.

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A Quote by René Descartes on men

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Perfect numbers like perfect men are very rare.

René Descartes (1596 - 1650)

Source: H. Eves Mathematical Circles Squared, Boston: Prindle, Weber and Schmidt, 1972.

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A Quote by René Descartes on discovery, hope, judgment, pleasure, and posterity

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.

René Descartes (1596 - 1650)

Source: La Geometrie.

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A Quote by René Descartes on improvement, learning, mind, and order

René Descartes (1596 - 1650)

Source: Discours de la Méthode. 1637. Albert W. Daw Collection

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A Quote by René Descartes on desires, good, and respect

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.

René Descartes (1596 - 1650)

Source: Discours de la Méthode. 1637.

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A Quote by René Descartes on laws and observation

A state is better governed which has but few laws, and those laws strictly observed.

René Descartes (1596 - 1650)

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