René Descartes Quotes
De omnibus dubitandum
Translated as "All is to be doubted" or "Be suspicious of everything". Attributed to Rene Descartes. Also mentioned as Karl Marx's favorite motto.
[The] mechanism of our body is so constructed that simply by this gland's being moved in any way by the soul or by any other cause, it drives the surrounding spirits towards the pores of the brain, which direct them through the nerves to the muscles; and in this way the gland makes the spirits move the limbs.
Passions of the Soul (1649). Descartes believed that mind exerted control over the brain via pineal gland.
My view is that this gland is the principal seat of the soul, and the place in which all our thoughts are formed.
Man (1630-1633). Descartes believed that mind exerted control over the brain via pineal gland.
And so something that I thought I was seeing with my eyes is in fact grasped solely by the faculty of judgment which is in my mind.
In order to improve the mind, we ought less learn than to contemplate.
It is a mark of prudence never to trust wholly in those things which have once deceived us.
The first precept was never to accept a thing as true until I knew it as such without a single doubt.
The greatest minds are capable of the greatest vices as well as of the greatest virtues.
To know what people really think, pay regard to what they do, rather than what they say.