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Biography - René Descartes:

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

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.



Note 

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Principia philosophiae


Source: Principles of Philosophy



Translation

Translation

(French, German, Latin)



French
Pour examiner la vérité il est besoin, une fois dans sa vie, de mettre toutes choses en doute autant qu'il se peut.

German
Wer nach der Wahrheit sucht, muss einmal in seinem Leben, soweit möglich, an allem gezweifelt haben.

Latin
Veritatem inquirenti, semel in vita de omnibus, quantum fieri potest, esse dubitandum.




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See also...



First, anyone who seriously intends to become a philosopher must "once in his life" withdraw into himself and attempt, within himself, to overthrow and build anew all the sciences that, up to then, he has been accepting.




Quotes for: life


Quotes

Quotes about life:


As soon as you trust yourself, you will know how to live.





Man arrives as a novice at each age of his life.





A happy life, therefore, is one which is in accordance with its own nature.





There is more to life than increasing its speed.





To live means to love, but above all, to love life.





Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined.











Quotes for: doubt


Quotes

Quotes about doubt:


Believe those who are seeking the truth; doubt those who find it.





We know accurately only when we know little; with knowledge, doubt increases.





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





When in doubt, follow the suit of the wise and prudent.





But the most beautiful of all doubts
Is when the downtrodden and despondent raise their heads and
Stop believing in the strength
Of their oppressors.






The fundamental cause of the trouble is that in the modern world the stupid are cocksure while the intelligent are full of doubt.











Quotes for: truth


Quotes

Quotes for: truth


Truth prevails only to the extent that we successfully assert it. The victory of reason can only be the victory of rational people.





Believe those who are seeking the truth; doubt those who find it.





Truth is the daughter of time, not of authority.





Love truth, but pardon error.





The language of truth is simple.





Mistakes are, after all, the foundations of truth, and if a man does not know what a thing is, it is at least an increase in knowledge if he knows what it is not.











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.





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





I think, therefore I am.












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