Quoteland.com Home Topics Resources Groups
Education FAQs Site Info Contact Us About the Authors
RATE A QUOTE
Bookmark and Share
Reality
BooksBooks about Reality
Engrave a QuoteClick this icon to engrave the quote on mugs, bookmarks, t-shirts and much more
Bad                     Good
Rene Descartes
View all quotes from this author
Engrave this Quote Let us suppose, then, that we are dreaming, and that all these particulars--namely, the opening of the eyes, the motion of the head, the forth- putting of the hands--are merely illusions; and even that we really possess neither an entire body nor hands such as we see. Nevertheless it must be admitted at least that the objects which appear to us in sleep are, as it were, painted representations which could not have been formed unless in the likeness of realities; and, therefore, that those general objects, at all events, namely, eyes, a head, hands, and an entire body, are not simply imaginary, but really existent. For, in truth, painters themselves, even when they study to represent sirens and satyrs by forms the most fantastic and extraordinary, cannot bestow upon them natures absolutely new, but can only make a certain medley of the members of different animals; or if they chance to imagine something so novel that nothing at all similar has ever been seen before, and such as is, therefore, purely fictitious and absolutely false, it is at least certain that the colors of which this is composed are real. And on the same principle, although these general objects, viz. a body, eyes, a head, hands, and the like, be imaginary, we are nevertheless absolutely necessitated to admit the reality at least of some other objects still more simple and universal than these, of which, just as of certain real colors, all those images of things, whether true and real, or false and fantastic, that are found in our consciousness (cogitatio), are formed.
-Rene Descartes, Meditation I Tell a Friend


 


Copyright © 1997-2001 Quoteland.com, Inc., all rights reserved unless otherwise noted.  

 
Quoteland would like to thank Quotations Book for its extensive contribution to our database
Follow Quoteland on twitter: