Quotes by Rene Descartes

Because reason…is the only thing that makes us men, and distinguishes us from the beasts, I would prefer to believe that it exists, in its entirety, in each of us…
– Rene Descartes

Perfect numbers like perfect men are very rare.
– Rene Descartes

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

…it is a mark of prudence never to place our complete trust in those who have deceived us even once.
– Rene Descartes

Doubt is the origin of wisdom.
– René Descartes

Traveling is almost like talking with those of other centuries.
– Rene Descartes

I am indeed amazed when I consider how weak my mind is and how prone to error.
– Rene Descartes

There is nothing so strange and so unbelievable that it has not been said by one philosopher or another.
– Rene Descartes

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

When it is not in our power to follow what is true, we ought to follow what is most probable.
– Rene Descartes

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

Common sense is the most fairly distributed thing in the world, for each one 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.
– Rene Descartes

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

Good sense is the most equitably distributed of all things because no matter how much or little a person has, everyone feels so abundantly provided with good sense that he feels no desire for more than he already possesses.
– Rene Descartes

Each problem that I solved became a rule which served afterwards to solve other problems
– Rene Descartes

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