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René Descartes Quote: “I think therefore am.”

I think therefore am.

— René Descartes



René Descartes Quote: “Doubt is the origin of wisdom.”

Doubt is the origin of wisdom.

— René Descartes


René Descartes Quote: “You just keep pushing. You just keep pushing. I made every mistake that could be made. But I just kept pushing.”

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

— René Descartes


René Descartes Quote: “Conquer yourself rather than the world.”

Conquer yourself rather than the world.

— René Descartes


René Descartes Quote: “Mathematics is a more powerful instrument of knowledge than any other that has been bequeathed to us by human agency.”

Mathematics is a more powerful instrument of knowledge than any other that has been bequeathed to us by human agency.

— René Descartes


René Descartes Quote: “We do not describe the world we see, we see the world we can describe.”

We do not describe the world we see, we see the world we can describe.

— René Descartes


René Descartes Quote: “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.”

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.

— René Descartes


René Descartes Quote: “It is not enough to have a good mind; the main thing is to use it well.”

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

— René Descartes


René Descartes Quote: “The reading of all good books is like a conversation with the finest minds of past centuries.”

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

— René Descartes


René Descartes Quote: “De omnibus dubitandum.”

De omnibus dubitandum.

— René Descartes



René Descartes Quote: “Nothing comes out of nothing.”

Nothing comes out of nothing.

— René Descartes


René Descartes Quote: “I can doubt everything, except one thing, and that is the very fact that I doubt. Simply put – I think, therefore I am.”

I can doubt everything, except one thing, and that is the very fact that I doubt. Simply put – I think, therefore I am.

— René Descartes


René Descartes Quote: “Except our own thoughts, there is nothing absolutely in our power.”

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

— René Descartes


René Descartes Quote: “Science is practical philosophy.”

Science is practical philosophy.

— René Descartes


René Descartes Quote: “All is to be doubted.”

All is to be doubted.

— René Descartes


René Descartes Quote: “Divide each difficulty into as many parts as is feasible and necessary to resolve it.”

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

— René Descartes


René Descartes Quote: “The reading of all good books is indeed like a conversation with the noblest men of past centuries who were the authors of them, nay a carefully studied conversation, in which they reveal to us none but the best of their thoughts.”

The reading of all good books is indeed like a conversation with the noblest men of past centuries who were the authors of them, nay a carefully studied conversation, in which they reveal to us none but the best of their thoughts.

— René Descartes


René Descartes Quote: “To know what people really think, pay attention to what they do, rather than what they say.”

To know what people really think, pay attention to what they do, rather than what they say.

— René Descartes


René Descartes Quote: “The only thing that I know, is that I know nothing.”

The only thing that I know, is that I know nothing.

— René Descartes


René Descartes Quote: “It is possible that I am dreaming right now and that all of my perceptions are false.”

It is possible that I am dreaming right now and that all of my perceptions are false.

— René Descartes



René Descartes Quote: “Wonder is the first of all the passions.”

Wonder is the first of all the passions.

— René Descartes


René Descartes Quote: “He who hid well, lived well.”

He who hid well, lived well.

— René Descartes


René Descartes Quote: “An optimist may see a light where there is none, but why must the pessimist always run to blow it out?”

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

— René Descartes


René Descartes Quote: “Any community that gets its laughs by pretending to be idiots will eventually be flooded by actual idiots who mistakenly believe that they’re in good company.”

Any community that gets its laughs by pretending to be idiots will eventually be flooded by actual idiots who mistakenly believe that they’re in good company.

— René Descartes


René Descartes Quote: “With me, everything turns into mathematics.”

With me, everything turns into mathematics.

— René Descartes


René Descartes Quote: “I know that I exist; the question is, What is this ‘I’ that ‘I’ know.”

I know that I exist; the question is, What is this ‘I’ that ‘I’ know.

— René Descartes


René Descartes Quote: “Intuition is the undoubting conception of a pure and attentive mind, which arises from the light of reason alone, and is more certain than deduction.”

Intuition is the undoubting conception of a pure and attentive mind, which arises from the light of reason alone, and is more certain than deduction.

— René Descartes


René Descartes Quote: “Each problem that I solved became a rule, which served afterwards to solve other problems.”

Each problem that I solved became a rule, which served afterwards to solve other problems.

— René Descartes


René Descartes Quote: “Whenever anyone has offended me, I try to raise my soul so high that the offense cannot reach it.”

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

— René Descartes


René Descartes Quote: “But in my opinion, all things in nature occur mathematically.”

But in my opinion, all things in nature occur mathematically.

— René Descartes


René Descartes Quote: “Everything is self-evident.”

Everything is self-evident.

— René Descartes


René Descartes Quote: “The senses deceive from time to time, and it is prudent never to trust wholly those who have deceived us even once.”

The senses deceive from time to time, and it is prudent never to trust wholly those who have deceived us even once.

— René Descartes


René Descartes Quote: “I have concluded the evident existence of God, and that my existence depends entirely on God in all the moments of my life, that I do not think that the human spirit may know anything with greater evidence and certitude.”

I have concluded the evident existence of God, and that my existence depends entirely on God in all the moments of my life, that I do not think that the human spirit may know anything with greater evidence and certitude.

— René Descartes


René Descartes Quote: “How can you be certain that your whole life is not a dream?”

How can you be certain that your whole life is not a dream?

— René Descartes


René Descartes Quote: “Reason is nothing without imagination.”

Reason is nothing without imagination.

— René Descartes


René Descartes Quote: “When I consider this carefully, I find not a single property which with certainty separates the waking state from the dream. How can you be certain that your whole life is not a dream?”

When I consider this carefully, I find not a single property which with certainty separates the waking state from the dream. How can you be certain that your whole life is not a dream?

— René Descartes


René Descartes Quote: “Intuitive knowledge is an illumination of the soul, whereby it beholds in the light of God those things which it pleases Him to reveal to us by a direct impression of divine clearness.”

Intuitive knowledge is an illumination of the soul, whereby it beholds in the light of God those things which it pleases Him to reveal to us by a direct impression of divine clearness.

— René Descartes


René Descartes Quote: “Masked, I advance.”

Masked, I advance.

— René Descartes


René Descartes Quote: “He lives well who is well hidden.”

He lives well who is well hidden.

— René Descartes


René Descartes Quote: “The chief cause of human errors is to be found in the prejudices picked up in childhood.”

The chief cause of human errors is to be found in the prejudices picked up in childhood.

— René Descartes


René Descartes Quote: “Nothing is more fairly distributed than common sense: no one thinks he needs more of it than he already has.”

Nothing is more fairly distributed than common sense: no one thinks he needs more of it than he already has.

— René Descartes


René Descartes Quote: “To live without philosophizing is in truth the same as keeping the eyes closed without attempting to open them.”

To live without philosophizing is in truth the same as keeping the eyes closed without attempting to open them.

— René Descartes


René Descartes Quote: “Your joy is your sorrow unmasked. And the self-same well from which your laughter rises was often-times filled with your tears.”

Your joy is your sorrow unmasked. And the self-same well from which your laughter rises was often-times filled with your tears.

— René Descartes


René Descartes Quote: “In God there is an infinitude of things which I cannot comprehend, nor possibly even reach in any way by thought; for it is the nature of the infinite that my nature, which is finite and limited, should not comprehend it.”

In God there is an infinitude of things which I cannot comprehend, nor possibly even reach in any way by thought; for it is the nature of the infinite that my nature, which is finite and limited, should not comprehend it.

— René Descartes


René Descartes Quote: “A state is better governed which has few laws, and those laws strictly observed.”

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

— René Descartes


René Descartes Quote: “I desire to live in peace and to continue the life I have begun under the motto ’to live well you must live unseen.”

I desire to live in peace and to continue the life I have begun under the motto ’to live well you must live unseen.

— René Descartes


René Descartes Quote: “In order to improve the mind, we ought less to learn, than to contemplate.”

In order to improve the mind, we ought less to learn, than to contemplate.

— René Descartes


René Descartes Quote: “Few look for truth; many prowl about for a reputation of profundity by arrogantly challenging whichever arguments are the best.”

Few look for truth; many prowl about for a reputation of profundity by arrogantly challenging whichever arguments are the best.

— René Descartes


René Descartes Quote: “Illusory joy is often worth more than genuine sorrow.”

Illusory joy is often worth more than genuine sorrow.

— René Descartes


René Descartes Quote: “Omnia apud me mathematica fiunt.”

Omnia apud me mathematica fiunt.

— René Descartes

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