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René Descartes

Quote of René Descartes - I think, therefore I am....


Biography - René Descartes:

French philosopher, mathematician and scientist.
Born: 1596 - Died: 1650
Period:
17th century
Place of birth: France
France


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Note





I think, therefore I am.



Translation

Translation

(Latin, French, German)



Latin
Cogito ergo sum.

French
Je pense, donc je suis.

German
Ich denke, also bin ich.




See also 

See also...



For if I am deceived, I am.

I revolt, therefore I am.

Sometimes I think. Sometimes I am.

A person who thinks all the time has nothing to think about except thoughts. So he loses touch with reality, and lives in a world of illusion.

I am simply what I am, or I begin to be that. I live in the present. I only remember the past, and anticipate the future. I love to live.

If a man will begin with certainties, he shall end in doubts; but if he will be content to begin with doubts, he shall end in certainties.




Quotes for: to think


Quotes

Quotes for: to think


He who thinks little, errs much.





Man is but a reed, the most feeble thing in nature, but he is a thinking reed.





Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.





For there is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.





Men should strive to think much and know little.





Think like a man of action, act like a man of thought.











Quotes for: to be


Quotes

Quotes for "to be" or about being:


The greatest thing in the world is to know how to belong to oneself.





To be, or not to be, that is the question.





Every one sees what you appear to be, few really know what you are.





Become who you are!





Death does not concern us, because as long as we exist, death is not here. And when it does come, we no longer exist.





Only he who loves something is something; to be nothing and to love nothing are identical.











Quotes

René Descartes also said...


I dare to believe that inner joy has some secret power to win the favour of fortune.





To live without philosophizing is properly to have one's eyes closed and never attempt to open them.





Good sense is, of all things among men, the most equally distributed; for every one thinks himself so abundantly provided with it, that those even who are the most difficult to satisfy in everything else, do not usually desire a larger measure of this quality than they already possess. And in this it is not likely that all are mistaken: the conviction is rather to be held as testifying that the power of judging aright and of distinguishing truth from error, which is properly what is called good sense or reason, is by nature equal in all men; and that the diversity of our opinions, consequently, does not arise from some being endowed with a larger share of reason than others, but solely from this, that we conduct our thoughts along different ways, and do not fix our attention on the same objects. For to be possessed of a vigorous mind is not enough; the prime requisite is rightly to apply it.





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





My third maxim was to try always to conquer myself rather than fortune, and to alter my desires rather than change the order of the world.





The reading of all good books is like a conversation with the finest minds of past centuries.












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