René Descartes

1596 - 1650

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.

Contributed by: Zaady

A Quote by René Descartes on men

in

Perfect numbers like perfect men are very rare.

René Descartes (1596 - 1650)

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

Contributed by: Zaady

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.

Contributed by: Zaady

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

Contributed by: Zaady

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.

Contributed by: Zaady

Syndicate content