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René Descartes

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Biography - René Descartes:

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

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



(French, German)

J'ose croire que la joie intérieure a quelque secrète force pour se rendre la fortune plus favorable.

Ich wage zu glauben, dass die innere Freude irgendeine geheime Kraft besitzt, sich das Schicksal geneigter zu machen.

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Our temper sets a price upon every gift that we receive from fortune.

The happiness or unhappiness of men depends no less upon their dispositions than their fortunes.

Audacity augments courage; hesitation, fear.

The world of the happy man is a different one from that of the unhappy man.

The pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity. The optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.

Look up to the sky. You'll never find rainbows if you’re looking down.

People who want something strongly enough are almost always well served by chance.

A single gentle rain makes the grass many shades greener. So our prospects brighten on the influx of better thoughts.

Quotes for: strength


Quotes about strength:

Consciousness of our powers augments them.

On the mountains of truth you can never climb in vain: either you will reach a point higher up today, or you will be training your powers so that you will be able to climb higher tomorrow.

...and nobody knows the extent of his strength until he has tried.

There are two ways of contesting, the one by the law, the other by force; the first method is proper to men, the second to beasts.

Love you will find only where you may show yourself weak without provoking strength.

Tolerance is not a sign of weakness, but a sign of strength.

Quotes for: to dare


Quotes for: to dare

He who can endure all can dare all.

Dare to be wise, begin!

Who dares nothing, need hope for nothing.

I speak truth, not so much as I would, but as much as I dare; and I dare a little more, as I grow older.

There is no such thing as a long piece of work, except one that you dare not start.

Everyone's responsibility involves two acts: wanting to know and daring to say.

Quotes for: joy


Quotes for: joy

The best way to begin each day well is to think upon awakening whether we could not give at least one person pleasure on this day.

It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.

A quiet and modest life brings more joy than a pursuit of success bound with constant unrest.

Joy in looking and comprehending is nature's most beautiful gift.

Music is the pleasure the human mind experiences from counting without being aware that it is counting.

Build not your joy on another's sorrow.


René Descartes also said...

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.

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

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.

I think, therefore I am.

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