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“I think; therefore I am.”
René Descartes
“The reading of all good books is like conversation with the finest men of past centuries.”
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“Cogito ergo sum. (I think, therefore I am.)
René 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.”
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“I suppose therefore that all things I see are illusions; I believe that nothing has ever existed of everything my lying memory tells me. I think I have no senses. I believe that body, shape, extension, motion, location are functions. What is there then that can be taken as true? Perhaps only this one thing, that nothing at all is certain.”
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“Common sense is the most widely shared commodity in the world, for every man is convinced that he is well supplied with it.”
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“Conquer yourself rather than the world.”
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“Doubt is the origin of wisdom”
René Descartes
“It is not enough to have a good mind; the main thing is to use it well.”
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“Except our own thoughts, there is nothing absolutely in our power.”
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“And thus, the actions of life often not allowing any delay, it is a truth very certain that, when it is not in our power to determine the most true opinions we ought to follow the most probable.”
René Descartes, Discourse on Method
“To know what people really think, pay attention to what they do, rather than what they say.”
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“The greatest minds are capable of the greatest vices as well as of the greatest virtues.”
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“I desire to live in peace and to continue the life I have begun under the motto 'to live well you must live unseen”
René Descartes, The Principles of Philosophy
“Masked, I advance.”
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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
“In order to seek truth, it is necessary once in the course of our life to doubt, as far as possible, of all things.”
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“To live without philosophizing is in truth the same as keeping the eyes closed without attempting to open them.”
René Descartes
“Dubito, ergo cogito, ergo sum.

(English: "I doubt, therefore I think, therefore I am")”
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“But in my opinion, all things in nature occur mathematically.”
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“There is nothing more ancient than the truth.”
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“You just keep pushing. You just keep pushing. I made every mistake that could be made. But I just kept pushing.”
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“In order to improve the mind, we ought less to learn than to contemplate.”
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“For I found myself embarrassed with so many doubts and errors that it seemed to me that the effort to instruct myself had no effect other than the increasing discovery of my own ignorance”
René Descartes
“He who hid well, lived well.”
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“...it is a mark of prudence never to place our complete trust in those who have deceived us even once.”
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“At last I will devote myself sincerely and without reservation to the general demolition of my opinions.”
René Descartes, Discourse on Method
“Each problem that I solved became a rule which served afterwards to solve other problems”
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“Let whoever can do so deceive me, he will never bring it about that I am nothing, so long as I continue to think I am something.”
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“Because reason...is the only thing that makes us men, and distinguishes us from the beasts, I would prefer to believe that it exists, in its entirety, in each of us...”
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