Rene Descartes

René Descartes (/ˈdeɪˌkɑːrt/; French: [ʁəne dekaʁt]; Latinized: Renatus Cartesius; adjectival form: "Cartesian"; 31 March 1596 – 11 February 1650) was a French philosopher, mathematician, and scientist. Dubbed the father of modern western philosophy, much of subsequent Western philosophy is a response to his writings, which are studied closely to this day. He spent about 20 years of his life in the Dutch Republic. Descartes's Meditations on First Philosophy continues to be a standard text at most university philosophy departments. Descartes's influence in mathematics is equally apparent; the Cartesian coordinate system—allowing reference to a point in space as a set of numbers, and allowing algebraic equations to be expressed as geometric shapes in a two- or three-dimensional coordinate system (and conversely, shapes to be described as equations)—was named after him. He is credited as... More


Rene Descartes Quotes

Rene Descartes #Alone #Knowledge

The two operations of our understanding, intuition and deduction, on which alone we have said we must rely in the acquisition of knowledge.
Rene Descartes #Amazing

I am indeed amazed when I consider how weak my mind is and how prone to error.
Rene Descartes #Dreams

I am accustomed to sleep and in my dreams to imagine the same things that lunatics imagine when awake.
Rene Descartes #Good

It is not enough to have a good mind the main thing is to use it well.
Rene Descartes #Good

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

I hope that posterity will judge me kindly, not only as to the things which I have explained, but also to those which I have intentionally omitted so as to leave to others the pleasure of discovery.
Rene Descartes #Men

Perfect numbers like perfect men are very rare.
Rene Descartes #Power

Except our own thoughts, there is nothing absolutely in our power.
Rene Descartes #Power

When it is not in our power to follow what is true, we ought to follow what is most probable.
Rene Descartes #Time #Trust

The senses deceive from time to time, and it is prudent never to trust wholly those who have deceived us even once.
Rene Descartes #Truth

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.
Rene Descartes #Science

Each problem that I solved became a rule, which served afterwards to solve other problems.