René Descartes Quotes

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I think; therefore I am — Cogito, ergo sum
— René Descartes
It is not enough to have a good mind; the main thing is to use it well.
— René Descartes

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In order to improve the mind, we ought less to learn than to contemplate.
— René Descartes
A state is better governed which has but few laws, and those laws strictly observed.
— René Descartes
The greatest minds are capable of the greatest vices as well as of the greatest virtues.
— René Descartes
Each problem that I solved became a rule which served afterwards to solve other problems.
— René Descartes
The reading of good books is like conversation with the finest souls of the past centuries.
— René Descartes
There is nothing so strange and so unbelievable that it has not been said by one philosopher or another.
— René Descartes
The ability to deceive seems to indicate cleverness, but the desire and will to deceive indicate weakness.
— René Descartes
To read good books is like holding a conversation with the most eminent minds of past centuries and, moreover, a studied conversation in which these authors reveal to us only the best of their thoughts.

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It is well to know something of the manners of various peoples, in order more sanely to judge our own, and that we do not think that everything against our modes is ridiculous, and against reason, as those who have seen nothing are accustomed to think.
— René Descartes

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