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Descartes on Wonderment
Descartes on Wonderment

“Wonderment is the first passion of all… Those without any natural inclination to this passion are ordinarily very ignorant.”

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Descartes on the Vital Relationship Between Fear and Hope
Descartes on the Vital Relationship Between Fear and Hope

“When hope is so strong that it altogether drives out fear, its nature changes and it becomes complacency.”

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I Regard With Compassion, Therefore I Am: Descartes on How We Acquire Nobility of Soul and the Crucial Difference Between Confidence and Pride
I Regard With Compassion, Therefore I Am: Descartes on How We Acquire Nobility of Soul and the Crucial Difference Between Confidence and Pride

“Pride … is always a serious fault, the seriousness of which is greater in proportion as the justification for one’s self-esteem is less.”

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Descartes on Opinion vs. Reason, the Key to a Wakeful Mind, and the Discipline of Critical Introspection
Descartes on Opinion vs. Reason, the Key to a Wakeful Mind, and the Discipline of Critical Introspection

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

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Descartes on the Cure for Indecision
Descartes on the Cure for Indecision

“There are no grounds for fear of the unknown: for often the things we most dreaded, before we experienced them, turn out to be better than those we desired.”

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Rules for the Direction of the Mind: Descartes’s 12 Timeless Tenets of Critical Thinking
Rules for the Direction of the Mind: Descartes’s 12 Timeless Tenets of Critical Thinking

“We ought to give the whole of our attention to the most insignificant and most easily mastered facts, and remain a long time in contemplation of them until we are accustomed to behold the truth clearly and distinctly.”

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