René Descartes citáty
Dátum narodenia: 31. marec 1596
Dátum úmrtia: 11. február 1650
René Descartes, známy aj ako Cartesius bol francúzsky filozof, matematik predstaviteľ racionalizmu, špeciálnovedný bádateľ vo viacerých prírodovedných odboroch. Hlboko ovplyvnil celú novovekú vedu.
Citáty René Descartes
„Mr. Clerselier has written me that you are expecting from him my Meditations… in order to present them to the queen of the land. …If I had only been as wise as they say the savages persuaded themselves that the monkeys were, I never would have become known as a maker of books: Since it is said that they imagined that the monkeys could indeed speak, if they wanted to, but that they chose not to so lest they be forced to work. And since I had not the same prudence to abstain from writing, I now have neither as much liesure nor as much peace as I would have had if I had kept quiet. But since the mistake has already been made, and since I am now known by an infinity of people at the academy, who look askance at my writings and scour them for means of harming me, I do have great hope of being known to persons of great merit, whose power and virtue could protect me.“
Letter to Pierre Chanut (Nov. 1, 1646) as quoted by Amir Aczel, Descartes' Secret Notebook (2005) citing René Descartes: Correspondance avec Elizabeth et autres lettres (1989) ed., Jean-Marie and M. Beysaade, pp. 245-246.
— René Descartes, kniha Discurso sobre o Método
Zdroj: Discourse on Method (Rozprava o metodě)