Rene Descartes Quote
“Whenever anyone has offended me, I try to raise my soul so high that the offense cannot reach it.”
As quoted in: "Life and Letters of Madame Swetchine" (1867), p. 43
Le Discours de la méthode (1637), pt. 1
In Latin: "Ex nihilo nihil fit." Source: Principia philosophiae, Part I, Article 49
In French: "Je pense, donc je suis." Also famous in latin: "Cogito, ergo sum." Source: Le Discours de la Méthode pt. 4 (1637).
Picture Source: Wikimedia CommonsRene Descartes
Born: March 31, 1596
Died: February 11, 1650 (age 53)
Bio: René Descartes was a French philosopher, mathematician, and writer who spent most of his adult life in the Dutch Republic. He has been dubbed the 'Father of Modern Philosophy', and much subsequent Western philosophy is a response to his writings, which are studied closely to this day.
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