René Descartes was born 31 March 1596, and died 11 February 1650
René Descartes: 10 Quotes
- The reading of all good books is like a conversation with the finest minds of past centuries.
- The greatest minds are capable of the greatest vices as well as of the greatest virtues.
- When it is not in our power to determine what is true, we ought to follow what is most probable.
- Except our own thoughts, there is nothing absolutely in our power.
- One cannot conceive anything so strange and so implausible that it has not already been said by one philosopher or another.
- I doubt, therefore I think; I think, therefore I am.
- 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 not enough to have a good mind; the main thing is to use it well.
- Doubt is the origin of wisdom.
- To know what people really think, pay regard to what they do, rather than what they say.
René Descartes was a French philosopher, mathematician, and writer. He is called the ‘Father of Modern Philosophy’. Most Western philosophy is a response to his writings. Meditations on First Philosophy continues to be a standard text at most university philosophy departments.
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