Innovation Quotes

Rene Descartes innovation quotes

René Descartes

French philosopher, mathematician, and scientist




Research, Discovery, Invention

If you would be a real seeker after truth, it is necessary that at least once in your life you doubt, as far as possible, all things.  >>>

The first precept was never to accept a thing as true until I knew it as such without a single doubt.

Divide each difficulty into as many parts as is feasible and necessary to resolve it.  >>>

The two operations of our understanding, intuition and deduction, on which alone we have said we must rely in the acquisition of knowledge >>>

It is not enough to have a good mind; the main thing is to use it well.

You just keep pushing. You just keep pushing. I made every mistake that could be made. But I just kept pushing.

Each problem that I solved became a rule, which served afterwards to solve other problems.

I hope that posterity will judge me kindly, not only as to the things which I have explained, but also to those which I have intentionally omitted so as to leave to others the pleasure of discovery.




Except our own thoughts, there is nothing absolutely in our power.

A state is better governed which has few laws, and those laws strictly observed.

An optimist may see a light where there is none, but why must the pessimist always run to blow it out?

I am accustomed to sleep and in my dreams to imagine the same things that lunatics imagine when awake.

Whenever anyone has offended me, I try to raise my soul so high that the offense cannot reach it.

Illusory joy is often worth more than genuine sorrow.