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Quotations by author » Rene Descartes
French Mathematician, Philosopher and Scientist, 1596-1650
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A state is better governed which has few laws, and those laws strictly observed
Law and lawyers
An optimist may see a light where there is none, but why must the pessimist always run to blow it out?
Optimism
At the time, my grandparents told my mom, "Lordy, what is Shannen doing?" Now I've calmed down. [on her reputation for bad behavior]
Reputation
Common sense is the best distributed thing in the world, for everyone thinks he is so well-endowed with it that even those who are hardest to satisfy in all other matters are not in the habit of desiring more of it than they already have
Common sense
Divide each difficulty into as many parts as is feasible and necessary to resolve it.
Uncategorized
Dubito ergo cogito; cogito ergo sum.
(I doubt, therefore I think; I think therefore I am)
DoubtExistencePhilosophyReasonThought
Each problem that I solved became a rule, which served afterwards to solve other problems.
Problems
Everybody thinks himself so well supplied with common sense that even those most difficult to please. . . never desire more of it than they already have.
Common sense
Everything is self-evident.
Uncategorized
Except our own thoughts, there is nothing absolutely in our power.
PowerThinking
Good sense is of all things in the world the most equally distributed, for everybody thinks he is so well supplied with it, that even those most difficult to please in all other matters never desire more of it than they already possess.
Senses
Good sense is, of all things among men, the most equally distributed; for everyone thinks himself so abundantly provided with it, that those even that those who are the most difficult to satisfy in everything else, do not usually desire a larger meas
Uncategorized
I am accustomed to sleep and in my dreams to imagine the same things that lunatics imagine when awake.
Uncategorized
I am indeed amazed when I consider how weak my mind is and how prone to error.
Uncategorized
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.
Uncategorized
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.
Posterity
I think therefore I exist.
Thinking
I think, therefor I am
Uncategorized
I think; therefore I am.
PhilosophyThinking
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.
ScienceTruth
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