Descartes Quotes: God and the Self

Descartes and knowledge:

– “Common sense is the most fairly distributed thing in the world”

– “To live without philosophizing is in truth the same as keeping the eyes closed without attempting to open them”

– “All science is certain knowledge and obvious”

– “Those who do not walk very slowly can advance much more, they always follow the right path, as do those who run, and away from it”

– “So often when asleep, and sometimes even being awake, we imagine things so strongly that we think ahead to see or feel his body, although there are no”

Descartes and subjectivity:

– “I think therefore I am”

– “I’m like a medium between God and nothingness”

– “Reason is the only thing that makes us men”

– “The power of judging well, to distinguish the true from the false, which is properly what we call common sense or reason, is naturally equal in all men”


Descartes and morality:

“I am not of opinion that we should exempt themselves … to have passions and it is enough that makes them susceptible to reason, and when they were so tame, they are sometimes of all the more useful they lean more towards excess ”

– “The will is so free in its nature it can never be constrained”

– “There is nobody who wants to make him happy, but many do not know the way”

– “The passions are all good in their nature and we do nothing to prevent their misuse or their excess”

– “The passions are the salt of life”

– “The greatest souls are capable of the greatest vices as well as the greatest virtues”

– “Passion is a passive activity of the soul and body”

Descartes and the existence of God:

– “I somehow first in me the concept of infinity, that’s finished, that is to say of God, of myself”

– “On one point, the power of God is at fault: he can not do that what happened did not happen”

Descartes and philosophy:

– “It is proper to have his eyes closed, without trying to open them, than to live without philosophizing”

– “The word philosophy means the study of wisdom and that wisdom is understood not merely prudence in business, but a perfect knowledge of all things that man can know, as for driving his life for the preservation of his health and the invention of all arts ”


Cite this article as: Tim, "Descartes Quotes: God and the Self, April 13, 2012, " in Philosophy & Philosophers, April 13, 2012,

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