René Descartes

1596 - 1650

A Quote by René Descartes on good and mind

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It is not enough to have a good mind. The main thing is to use it well.

René Descartes (1596 - 1650)

Source: Discours de la Méthode. 1637.

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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 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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A Quote by René Descartes on thinking, rationality, philosophy, and being

Cogito ergo sum. (I think, therefore I am.)

René Descartes (1596 - 1650)

Source: Discours de la Méthode. 1637.

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A Quote by René Descartes on animals, certainty, knowledge, and nature

If we possessed a thorough knowledge of all the parts of the seed of any animal (e.g. man), we could from that alone, be reasons entirely mathematical and certain, deduce the whole conformation and figure of each of its members, and, conversely if we knew several peculiarities of this conformation, we would from those deduce the nature of its seed.

René Descartes (1596 - 1650)

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A Quote by René Descartes on difficulty, discovery, knowledge, order, and simplicity

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.

René Descartes (1596 - 1650)

Source: Discours de la Méthode. 1637.

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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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