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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

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




Translation

Translation

(French, German)



French
La lecture de tous les bons livres est comme une conversation avec les plus honnêtes gens des siècles passés.

German
Die Lektüre aller guten Bücher ist wie ein Gespräch mit den aufrichtigsten Menschen der vergangenen Jahrhunderte.




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Thus, reader, I am myself the matter of my book.

Letters are signs of things, symbols of words, whose power is so great that without a voice they speak to us the words of the absent.




Quotes for: past


Quotes

Quotes about the past:


The distinction between the past, present and future is only a stubbornly persistent illusion.





The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, not to worry about the future, or not to anticipate troubles, but to live in the present moment wisely and earnestly.





Children have neither a past nor a future. Thus they enjoy the present, which seldom happens to us.





When the past no longer illuminates the future, the spirit walks in darkness.





Philosophy triumphs easily over past evils and future evils; but present evils triumph over it.





The present is not a potential past; it is the moment of choice and action.











Quotes for: book


Quotes

Quotes for: book


The man who does not read good books has no advantage over the man who cannot read them.





Philosophy is written in this grand book, which stands continually open before our eyes (I say the Universe), but can not be understood without first learning to comprehend the language and know the characters as it is written. It is written in mathematical language, and its characters are triangles, circles and other geometric figures, without which it is impossible to humanly understand a word; without these one is wandering in a dark labyrinth.





Read the best books first, or you may not have a chance to read them at all.





Few people ask from books what books can give us.





Real education consists in drawing the best out of yourself. What better book can there be than the book of humanity?





Architecture is the great book of humanity, the principal expression of man in his different stages of development, either as a force or as an intelligence.











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.





I think, therefore I am.





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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