Ren´┐Ż Descartes

31 Mar 1596 // 11 Feb 1650


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So blind is the curiosity by which mortals are possessed, that they often conduct their minds along unexplored routes, having no reason to hope for success, but merely being willing to risk the experiment of finding whether the truth they seek lies there
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
Whenever anyone has offended me, I try to raise my soul so high that the offense cannot reach it
There is nothing so strange and so unbelievable that it has not been said by one philosopher or another
Illusory joy is often worth more than genuine sorrow
I am accustomed to sleep and in my dreams to imagine the same things that lunatics imagine when awake
Everything is self-evident
Divide each difficulty into as many parts as is feasible and necessary to resolve it
Common sense is the most fairly distributed thing in the world, for each one thinks he is so well-endowed with it that even those who are hardest to satisfy in all other matters are not in the habit of desiring more of it than they already have
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