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René Descartes

Quote of René Descartes - So in order to act well...

Biography - René Descartes:

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

So in order to act well it is sufficient to judge well, and to judge as well as one can is sufficient to enable one to do one's best.



Source: Discourse on the Method

Wikisource - Œuvres de Descartes (fr) 



(French, German)

Il suffit de bien juger pour bien faire, et de juger le mieux qu'on puisse pour faire aussi tout son mieux.

So genügt es, gut zu urteilen, um gut zu handeln, und so gut wie möglich zu urteilen, um so gut wie möglich zu handeln.

See also 

See also...

Knowing is not enough; we must apply.
Willing is not enough; we must do.

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

A good moral, my lord: it is not enough to speak, but to speak true.

Quotes for: judgement


Quotes for: judgement

Men are disturbed not by things, but by the view which they take of them.

Haste in judgement is to look for guilt.

A judgment can be refuted, but never a prejudice.

It is not permitted to the most equitable of men to be a judge in his own cause.

True artists scorn nothing: they are obliged to understand rather than to judge.

Do not wait for the Last Judgment. It takes place every day.


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.

I think, therefore I am.

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.

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