René Descartes

1596 - 1650

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 common sense, sharing, and world

Common sense is the most widely shared commodity in the world, for every man is convinced that he is well supplied with it.

René Descartes (1596 - 1650)

Source: Le Discours de la Méthode

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A Quote by René Descartes on difficulty and principles

I concluded that I might take as a general rule the principle that all things which we very clearly and obviously conceive are true: only observing, however, that there is some difficulty in rightly determining the objects which we distinctly conceive.

René Descartes (1596 - 1650)

Source: Discours de la Méthode. 1637.

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