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René Descartes

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Biography - René Descartes:

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

Quote

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.
René Descartes - Principles of Philosophy



Note  

Note



Principia philosophiae




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.”
René Descartes - Les Principes de la philosophie

German
Wer nach der Wahrheit sucht, muss einmal in seinem Leben, soweit möglich, an allem gezweifelt haben.”
René Descartes - Die Prinzipien der Philosophie

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




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Man arrives a novice at every age of life.”
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My life is my message.”
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We know accurately only when we know little; with knowledge, doubt increases.”
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To be, or not to be, that is the question.”
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Believe those who are seeking the truth; doubt those who find it.”
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When in doubt tell the truth.”
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When in doubt, leave it out.”
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The fundamental cause of the trouble is that in the modern world the stupid are cocksure while the intelligent are full of doubt.”
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Quotes for: truth:


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Love truth, but pardon error.”
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Truth is the daughter of time, not of authority.”
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Believe those who are seeking the truth; doubt those who find it.”
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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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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.”
Carl Gustav Jung
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René Descartes also said...


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I dare to believe that inner joy has some secret power to win the favour of fortune.”
René Descartes - Correspondance avec Élisabeth
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To live without philosophizing is properly to have one's eyes closed and never attempt to open them.”
René Descartes - Principles of Philosophy
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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.”
René Descartes - Discourse on the Method
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It is not enough to have a good mind; the main thing is to use it well.”
René Descartes - Discourse on the Method
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I think, therefore I am.”
René Descartes - Discourse on the Method
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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.”
René Descartes - Discourse on the Method
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