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René Descartes


by René Descartes

Quotations are not only inspirational, and a source of wisdom, but can also be seen as a nice way to get a feeling about a certain thinker or visionary. How much does what they have to say touch you? How much does it correspond to what you seek? How does in inspire you? Here are the quotations by René Descartes.

Quotes by René Descartes

"I think, therefore I am."

"Dubito ergo cogito; cogito ergo sum."
(I doubt, therefore I think; I think therefore I am.)

"Divide each difficulty into as many parts as is feasible and necessary to resolve it."

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

"An optimist may see a light where there is none, but why must the pessimist always run to blow it out?"

"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."

"It is only prudent never to place complete confidence in that by which we have even once been deceived."

"It is not enough to have a good mind; the main thing is to use it well."

"The first precept was never to accept a thing as true until I knew it as such without a single doubt."

"The reading of all good books is like a conversation with the finest minds of past centuries."

"You just keep pushing. You just keep pushing. I made every mistake that could be made. But I just kept pushing."

"Whenever anyone has offended me, I try to raise my soul so high that the offense cannot reach it."

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