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RENE DESCARTES
French mathematician and philosopher
(1596 - 1650)
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A state is better governed which has few laws, and those laws strictly observed.
      - [Law]

Except our own thoughts, there is nothing absolutely in our power.
      - [Thought]

In order to improve the mind, we ought less to learn, than to contemplate.
      - [Contemplation]

The reading of all good books is like conversation with the finest men of past centuries.
      - [Books]

To do is to be.
      - [Doing]

When any one has offended me, I try to raise my soul so high that the offence cannot reach it.
      - [Offense]

When it is not in our power to determine what it true, we ought to follow what is most probable.
      - [Probability]

With me everything turns into mathematics.
  [Fr., Omnia apud me mathematica fiunt.]
      - [Mathematics]

When writing about transcendental issues, be transcendentally clear.
      - "Calculus Gems" by G.F. Simmons [Writing]

Perfect numbers like perfect men are very rare.
      - "Mathematical Circles Squared" by H. Eves
        [Perfection]

Each problem that I solved became a rule which served afterwards to solve other problems.
      - Discours de la Methode [Problems]

If you would be a real seeker after truth, you must at least once in your life doubt, as far as possible, all things.
      - Discours de la Methode [Truth]

It is not enough to have a good mind. The main thing is to use it well.
      - Discours de la Methode [Mind]

I think, therefore I am.
  [Fr., Je pense, donc je suis.]
      - Principes de la Philosophie (I, sec. VII)
        [Thought]


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