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Rene Descartes

(1596-1650) French Philosopher, Scientist, Mathematician

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Conquer yourself not the world.

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

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

Good sense is the most fairly distributed thing in the world, for everyone thinks himself so well supplied with it that even those who are hardest to satisfy in every other way do not usually desire more of it than they already have.

I think; therefore I am. (Cogito, ergo, sum)

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.

Illusory joy is often worth more than genuine sorrow.

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

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!

There is a great difference between mind and body, inasmuch as body is by nature always divisible, and the mind is entirely indivisible.

Traveling is almost like talking with men of other centuries.

Your joy is your sorrow unmasked. And the self-same well from which your laughter rises was often-times filled with your tears.