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“It is only prudent never to place complete confidence in that by which we have even once been deceived.”
René Descartes, Meditations on First Philosophy
“But I cannot forget that, at other times I have been deceived in sleep by similar illusions; and, attentively considering those cases, I perceive so clearly that there exist no certain marks by which the state of waking can ever be distinguished from sleep, that I feel greatly astonished; and in amazement I almost persuade myself that I am now dreaming.”
René Descartes, Meditations on First Philosophy
“Dubium sapientiae initium. (Doubt is the origin of wisdom.)”
René Descartes, Meditations on First Philosophy
“Some years ago I was struck by the large number of falsehoods that I had accepted as true in my childhood, and by the highly doubtful nature of the whole edifice that I had subsequently based on them. I realized that it was necessary, once in the course of my life, to demolish everything completely and start again right from the foundations if I wanted to establish anything at all in the sciences that was stable and likely to last.”
René Descartes, Meditations on First Philosophy
“أرى أن جميع من أنعم الله عليم بنعمة العقل يجب أن يستعملوه قبل كل شيء في محاولة معرفة الله ومعرفة أنفسهم، وهذا هو الأمر الذي اتفقت عليه جمهرة الناظرين، والذي وفقني الله إلى أن أبلغ فيه ما يرضيني تمام الرضا.”
رينيه ديكارت, Meditations on First Philosophy
“Whence then come my errors? They come from the sole fact that since the will is much wider in its range and compass than the understanding, I do not restrain it within the same bounds, but extend it also to things which I do not understand: and as the will is of itself indifferent to these, it easily falls into error and sin, and chooses the evil for the good, or the false for the true.”
René Descartes, Meditations on First Philosophy
“And what more am I? I look for aid to the imagination. [But how mistakenly!] I am not that assemblage of limbs we call the human body; I am not a subtle penetrating air distributed throughout all these members; I am not a wind, a fire, a vapor, a breath or anything at all that I can image. I am supposing all these things to be nothing. Yet I find, while so doing, that I am still assured that I am a something.”
René Descartes, Meditations on First Philosophy
“But what then am I? A thing that thinks. What is that? A thing that doubts, understand, affirms, denies, wills, refuses, and that also imagines and senses.”
René Descartes, Meditations on First Philosophy
“When I turn my mind's eye upon myself, I understand that I am a thing which is incomplete and dependent on another and which aspires without limit to ever greater and better things...”
René Descartes, Meditations on First Philosophy
“Whatever I have up till now accepted as most true and assured I have gotten either from the senses or through the senses. But from time to time I have found that the senses deceive, and it is prudent never to trust completely those who have deceived us even once.”
René Descartes, Meditations on First Philosophy
“Je puis me persuader d'avoir été fait tel par la nature que je puisse aisément me tromper même dans les choses que je crois comprendre avec le plus d'évidence et de certitude.”
René Descartes, Méditations Métaphysiques
“ينبغي لمن يحاول الارتفاع الي معرفه تجاوز مرتبة العامه ان لايلتمس في صيغ الكلام التي ابتدعتها تلك العامه الا مواطن الشك”
رينيه ديكارت, Meditations on First Philosophy
“The destruction of the foundations necessarily brings down the whole edifice.”
René Descartes, Meditations on First Philosophy
“I am not a collection of members which we call the human body: I am not a subtle air distributed through these members, I am not a wind, a fire, a vapour, a breath, nor anything at all which I can imagine or conceive; because I have assumed that all these were nothing. Without changing that supposition I find that I only leave myself certain of the fact that I am somewhat.”
René Descartes, Meditations on First Philosophy
“I fear being shaken out of them because I am afraid that my peaceful sleep may be followed by hard labour when I wake, and that I shall have to struggle not in the light but in the imprisoning darkness of the problems I have raised.”
René Descartes, Meditations on First Philosophy
“For the very fact that my knowledge is increasing little by little is the most certain argument for its imperfection.”
René Descartes, Meditations on the First Philosophy

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