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Biography - René Descartes:

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

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.




Translation

Translation

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French
Ma troisième maxime était de tâcher toujours plutôt à me vaincre que la fortune, et à changer mes désirs que l’ordre du monde.

German
Mein dritter Grundsatz war, immer bemüht zu sein, lieber mich als das Schicksal zu besiegen, lieber meine Wünsche als die Weltordnung zu verändern.




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We admire the world through what we love.
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Let us read and let us dance—these two amusements will never do any harm to the world.
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Be the change that you wish to see in the world.
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In this world we must be a little too good to be good enough.
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Quotes for: oneself


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Quotes about oneself:


A happy life, therefore, is one which is in accordance with its own nature.
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The greatest thing in the world is to know how to belong to oneself.
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To exist is to change, to change is to mature, to mature is to go on creating oneself endlessly.
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It is of immense importance to learn to laugh at ourselves.
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Quotes for: Desire


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He has what he desires who can limit his desires to what is enough.
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Desire is the essence of a man.
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There is no desire more natural than the desire for knowledge.
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Love is the desire to give, not to receive, something.
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This is that human freedom, which all boast that they possess, and which consists solely in the fact, that men are conscious of their own desire, but are ignorant of the causes whereby that desire has been determined.
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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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The reading of all good books is like a conversation with the finest minds of past centuries.
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