Rene Descartes Quotes (51 quotes)
“When it is not in our power to follow what is true, we ought to follow what is most probable.”
Variant translation: "When it is not in our power to discern the truest opinions, we must follow the most probable." - Le Discours de la méthode (1637), pt. 3
“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
In Latin: "Ex nihilo nihil fit." Source: Principia philosophiae, Part I, Article 49
“The last rule was to make enumerations so complete, and reviews so comprehensive, that I should be certain of omitting nothing.”
Le Discours de la Méthode (1637)
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Picture Source: Wikimedia CommonsRene Descartes
Born: March 31, 1596
Died: February 11, 1650 (aged 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.