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René Descartes

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French philosopher, mathematician and scientist.
Born: 1596 - Died: 1650
Period:
17th century
Place of birth: France
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I dare to believe that inner joy has some secret power to win the favour of fortune."
René Descartes - Correspondance avec Élisabeth
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It is not enough to have a good mind; the main thing is to use it well."
René Descartes - Discourse on the Method
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I think, therefore I am."
René Descartes - Discourse on the Method
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The reading of all good books is like a conversation with the finest minds of past centuries."
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Except our own thoughts, there is nothing absolutely in our power."
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I am accustomed to sleep and in my dreams to imagine the same things that lunatics imagine when awake."
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When it is not in our power to follow what is true, we ought to follow what is most probable."
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The senses deceive from time to time, and it is prudent never to trust wholly those who have deceived us even once."
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Perfect numbers like perfect men are very rare."
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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 - Principles of Philosophy
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The two operations of our understanding, intuition and deduction, on which alone we have said we must rely in the acquisition of knowledge."
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I am indeed amazed when I consider how weak my mind is and how prone to error."
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Each problem that I solved became a rule, which served afterwards to solve other problems."
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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."
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