16 Famous Rene Descartes Quotes

16 Famous Rene Descartes Quotes

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Rene Descartes was a philosopher, writer, and mathematician from France. He is most famous for his ideas on modern philosophy. He is widely known as “the father of western philosophy”. He was also the one to develop analytic geometry, which bridged the gap of algebra and geometry. He died on February 11, 1650 at the age of 53.

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

“And thus, the actions of life often not allowing any delay, it is a truth very certain that, when it is not in our power to determine the most true opinions we ought to follow the most

“Common sense is the best distributed commodity in the world, for every man is convinced that he is well supplied with it.”

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

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

“I think, therefore I am.”

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

“Nothing comes out of nothing.”

“On the one hand I have a clear and distinct idea of myself, in so far as I am a thinking, non-extended thing; and on the other hand I have a distinct idea of body, in so far a this is
simply an extended, non-thinking thing. And, accordingly, it is certain that I am really distinct from my body, and exist without it.”

“One cannot conceive anything so strange and so implausible that it has not already been said by one philosopher or another.”

“Perfect numbers like perfect men are very rare.”

“The entire method consists in the order and arrangement of the things to which the mind’s eye must turn so that we can discover some truth.”

“The greatest minds, as they are capable of the highest excellencies, are open likewise to the greatest aberrations; and those who travel very slowly may yet make far greater progress,
provided they keep always to the straight road, than those who, while they run, forsake it.”

“The last rule was to make enumerations so complete, and reviews so comprehensive, that I should be certain of omitting nothing.”

“The reading of all good books is like conversation with the finest men of past centuries.”

“There is nothing so strange and so unbelievable that it has not been said by one philosopher or another.”