Rene Descartes

French philosopher and mathematician; developed dualistic theory of mind and matter; introduced the use of coordinates to locate a point in two or three dimensions (1596-1650)

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It is not enough to have a good mind the main thing is to use it well.
Cogito, ergo, sum. (I think therefore I am.)
In order to improve the mind, we ought less to learn, than to contemplate.
Cogito ergo sum.
It is only prudent never to place complete confidence in that by which we have even once been deceived.
Cogito ergo sum. (I think; therefore I am.)
Divide each difficulty into as many parts as is feasible and necessary to resolve it.
Each problem that I solved became a rule which served afterwards to solve other problems.
Each problem that I solved became a rule, which served afterwards to solve other problems.
Everything is self-evident.
Except our own thoughts, there is nothing absolutely in our power.
Good sense is of all things in the world the most equally distributed, for everybody thinks he is so well supplied with it, that even those most difficult to please in all other matters never desire more of it than they already possess.
I know not if I was then a man dreaming I was a butterfly, or if I am now a butterfly dreaming I am a man.
I think; therefore I am.
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.
It is not enough to have a good mind, the main thing is to use it well.
Nothing is more fairly distributed than common sense - no one needs more of it than one already has
Nothing is more fairly distributed than common sense: no one thinks he needs more of it than he already has.
One cannot conceive anything so strange and so implausible that it has not already been said by one philosopher or another.
The first precept was never to accept a thing as true until I knew it as such without a single doubt.
The greatest minds are capable of the greatest vices as well as of the greatest virtues.
The reading of all good books is indeed like a conversation with the noblest men of past centuries who were the authors of them, nay a carefully studied conversation, in which they reveal to us none but the best of their thoughts.
The reading of all good books is like a conversation with all the finest men of past centuries.
To know what people really think, pay regard to what they do, rather than what they say.
Whenever anyone has offended me, I try to raise my soul so high that the offense cannot reach it.
Your joy is your sorrow unmasked. And the self-same well from which your laughter rises was often-times filled with your tears.

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