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Biography - René Descartes:

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

When it is not in our power to follow what is true, we ought to follow what is most probable.




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French
Lorsqu'il n'est pas en notre pouvoir de discerner les plus vraies opinions, nous devons suivre les plus probables.




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Truth prevails only to the extent that we successfully assert it. The victory of reason can only be the victory of rational people.
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Believe those who are seeking the truth; doubt those who find it.
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Truth is the daughter of time, not of authority.
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Love truth, but pardon error.
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The language of truth is simple.
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Conformity of the intellect to the things.
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Quotes for: opinion


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I think my opinions are good and sound, but who does not think the same of his own?
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Men are disturbed not by things, but by the view which they take of them.
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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.
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Article X – No one may be disturbed for his opinions, even religious ones, provided that their manifestation does not trouble the public order established by the law.
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Article XI – The free communication of thoughts and of opinions is one of the most precious rights of man: any citizen thus may speak, write, print freely, except to respond to the abuse of this liberty, in the cases determined by the law.
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So many men, so many opinions.
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I dare to believe that inner joy has some secret power to win the favour of fortune.
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To live without philosophizing is properly to have one's eyes closed and never attempt to open them.
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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.
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It is not enough to have a good mind; the main thing is to use it well.
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I think, therefore I am.
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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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