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Rene Descartes Quotes

I hope you find these Rene Descartes Quotes inspiring and motivational.

I think therefore I am.
- Rene Descartes

Related topics: Wisdom Life Human-Nature Psychology

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

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

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


 

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

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

One cannot conceive anything so strange and so implausible
that it has not already been said by one philosopher or another.
- Rene Descartes


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There is nothing so strange and so unbelievable that
it has not been said by one philosopher or another.
- Rene Descartes

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

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

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

Perfect numbers like perfect men are very rare.
- Rene Descartes

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

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

Illusory joy is often worth more than genuine sorrow.
- Rene Descartes

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

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

Everything is self-evident.
- Rene Descartes

You just keep pushing.
You just keep pushing.
I made every mistake that could be made.
But I just kept pushing.
- Rene Descartes

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

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

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

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

Travelling is almost like talking with those of other centuries.
- Rene Descartes

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

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

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

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

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.
- Rene Descartes

What we think, we become.
All that we are arises with our thoughts.
With our thoughts, we make the world.
- The Buddha

Life is as easy or as hard as you think it is.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

To know yet to think that one does not know is best;
Not to know yet to think that one knows
will lead to difficulty.
- Lao Tzu

How you think when you lose
determines how long it will be until you win.
- Gilbert (G. K.) Chesterton

Tolerance is the first principle of community;
it is the spirit which conserves
the best that all men think.
- Helen Keller

The important thing is not to stop questioning.
Curiosity has its own reason for existing.
- Albert Einstein

Does anybody really think that they didn't get what they had
because they didn't have the talent
or the strength or the endurance or the commitment?
- Nelson Mandela

If I feel depressed I will sing.
If I feel sad I will laugh.
If I feel ill I will double my labor.
If I feel fear I will plunge ahead.
If I feel inferior I will wear new garments.
If I feel uncertain I will raise my voice.
If I feel poverty I will think of wealth to come.
If I feel incompetent I will think of past success.
If I feel insignificant I will remember my goals.
Today I will be the master of my emotions.
- Og Mandino

It isn't what you have, or who you are, or where you are,
or what you are doing that makes you happy or unhappy.
It is what you think about.
- Dale Carnegie

People should think things out fresh
and not just accept conventional terms
and the conventional way of doing things.
- R. Buckminster Fuller

If only the people who worry about their liabilities
would think about the riches they do possess,
they would stop worrying.
- Dale Carnegie

You can do what you have to do,
and sometimes you can do it
even better than you think you can.
- Jimmy Carter

If a problem cannot be solved, enlarge it.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

Carpe diem! Rejoice while you are alive; enjoy the day;
live life to the fullest;
make the most of what you have.
It is later than you think.
- Horace

If a million people say a foolish thing,
it is still a foolish thing.
- Anatole France

Life is fully as bad as you think it is,
so never think life is bad.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

We should not pretend to understand the world
only by the intellect.
The judgment of the intellect
is only part of the truth.
- Carl Jung

People hardly ever make use of the freedom which they have,
for example, freedom of thought;
instead they demand freedom of speech as a compensation.
- Soren Kierkegaard

The most important thing about Spaceship Earth -
an instruction book didn't come with it.
- R. Buckminster Fuller

If you think you are beaten, you are.
If you think you dare not, you don't.
If you'd like to win, but think you can't
It's almost a cinch you won't.
Life's battles don't always go to the stronger or faster man;
But soon or late the man who wins is the one who thinks he can.
- Anonymous

The most important things in life
are seldom the most obvious.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The world is more malleable than you think
and it's waiting for you to hammer it into shape.
- Bono

Religion is the masterpiece of the art of animal training,
for it trains people as to how they should think.
- Arthur Schopenhauer

When you think you're out of time,
smile, and turn back the clock.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Life does not consist mainly,
or even largely, of facts or happenings.
It consist mainly of the storm of thoughts
that is forever flowing through one's head.
- Mark Twain

You are what you think you are.
- Bob Richards

To change who you are,
change who you think you are.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The greatest harm can result from the best intentions.
- Terry Goodkind

Whether you think you can,
or think you can't,
you're right.
- Henry Ford

When you are reluctant to change,
think of the beauty of autumn.
- V. B. Brown

What you think of me is none of my business.
- Terry Cole-Whittaker

You know that place between sleeping and awake,
that place where you can still remember dreaming?
That's where I'll always think of you.
- James M. Barrie

The most incomprehensible thing about the world
is that it is comprehensible.
- Albert Einstein

When you keep getting the wrong answers,
try asking better questions.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience
in which you really stop to look fear in the face.
You must do the thing which you think you cannot do.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

The most pathetic person in the world
is someone who has sight, but has no vision.
- Helen Keller

They can because they think they can.
- Virgil

The great enemy of the truth is very often not the lie,
deliberate, contrived and dishonest,
but the myth, persistent, persuasive and unrealistic.
- John F. Kennedy

If you think you can,
or you think you can't,
you're probably right.
- Henry Ford

I don't think of all the misery
but of the beauty that still remains.
- Anne Frank

To kill an error is as good a service as,
and sometimes even better than,
the establishing of a new truth or fact.
- Charles Darwin

The eyes are not responsible when the mind does the seeing.
- Publilius Syrus


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