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Rene Descartes
March 31, 1596 - February 11, 1650
Nationality: French
Category: Mathematician
Subcategory: French Mathematician

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.


In order to improve the mind, we ought less to learn, than to contemplate.


I think; therefore I am.


Illusory joy is often worth more than genuine sorrow.


Nothing is more fairly distributed than common sense: no one thinks he needs more of it than he already has.


A state is better governed which has few laws, and those laws strictly observed.


When it is not in our power to follow what is true, we ought to follow what is most probable.


The first precept was never to accept a thing as true until I knew it as such without a single doubt.


Perfect numbers like perfect men are very rare.


Whenever anyone has offended me, I try to raise my soul so high that the offense cannot reach it.


Except our own thoughts, there is nothing absolutely in our power.


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


It is only prudent never to place complete confidence in that by which we have even once been deceived.


Divide each difficulty into as many parts as is feasible and necessary to resolve it.


The greatest minds are capable of the greatest vices as well as of the greatest virtues.


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


An optimist may see a light where there is none, but why must the pessimist always run to blow it out?


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


Travelling is almost like talking with those of other centuries.


Everything is self-evident.


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