Quotations on Reason

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Paranoia is an illness I contracted in institutions. It is not the reason for my sentences to reform school and prison. It is the effect, not the cause.
- Jack Henry Abbott
(Keywords: Cause, Effect, Illness, Paranoia, Prison, Reason, Reform, School)

The very essence of rationalism is that it assumes that the reason is the highest faculty in man and the lord of all the rest.
- Lyman Abbott
(Keywords: Man, Reason, Rest)

Now being in such grace and favor by reason I learned him some points of geometry and understanding of the art of mathematics with other things, I pleased him so that what I said he would not contrary.
- Will Adams
(Keywords: Art, Being, Geometry, Grace, Mathematics, Now, Reason, Understanding)

They wanted me to do Scream 2, and I hate talking about movies I turned down, because it sounds judgmental. There's nothing wrong with horror movies. I enjoy watching them. The main reason I turn a part down is if I think I won't be good.
- Casey Affleck
(Keywords: Movies, Hate, Horror, Nothing, Reason, Talking, Wrong)

I hope I presented what I felt the woman seemed to be about, but I couldn't give any reason as to why she remained in the relationship other than that their relationship was very special.
- Jenny Agutter
(Keywords: Hope, Reason, Woman)

For this reason, the expansion of relations with all countries is on the agenda of the Islamic Republic of Iran. I mean balanced relationships, based on mutual respect and observation of each other's rights.
- Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
(Keywords: Countries, Rights, Observation, Reason, Relationships, Respect)

Just dying should not be a reason for taxes.
- Todd Akin
(Keywords: Dying, Reason, Taxes)

A more important reason is that the bands will intuitively trust someone they think is a peer, and who speaks fondly of the same formative rock and roll experiences.
- Steve Albini
(Keywords: Trust, Reason, Will)

There is no rational reason to doubt that the universe has existed indefinitely, for an infinite time. It is only myth that attempts to say how the universe came to be, either four thousand or twenty billion years ago.
- Hannes Alfven
(Keywords: Time, Doubt, Infinite, Myth, Reason, Universe, Years)

Men often make up in wrath what they want in reason.
- William R. Alger
(Keywords: Men, Reason, Want, Wrath)

If you're going to kill someone there isn't much reason to get all worked up about it and angry - you just pull the trigger. Angry discussions beforehand are a waste of time. We need to smile at Novell while we pull the trigger.
- Jim Allchin
(Keywords: Time, Reason, Smile, Waste)

While we are under the tyranny of Priests, it will ever be their interest, to invalidate the law of nature and reason, in order to establish systems incompatible therewith.
- Ethan Allen
(Keywords: Nature, Interest, Law, Order, Reason, Tyranny, Will)

Yes, women are stronger than us. They face more directly the problems that confront them, and for that reason they are much more spectacular to talk about. I don't know why I am more interested in women, because I don't go to any psychiatrists, and I don't want to know why.
- Pedro Almodovar
(Keywords: Women, Problems, Reason, Talk, Want)

In Hinduism, conscience, reason and independent thinking have no scope for development.
- B. R. Ambedkar
(Keywords: Development, Hinduism, Conscience, Reason, Thinking)

The worst thing is always thinking of titles for records, with some reason behind them, and she just came out with the word, which she thought was a good word, a hard word, and since then we've sort of attached loads of meaning to it.
- Emma Anderson
(Keywords: Thought, Meaning, Reason, Thinking, Titles, Word)

I think in a sense this is a house that was built on a bad foundation. And the foundation was the Americans coming here and allowing the sacking, burning and plunder of Baghdad, for whatever reason.
- Jon Lee Anderson
(Keywords: Americans, Reason, Sense)

Being a father, well, I don't know if this is a change, but it makes me want to get out of here faster. Get off the clock. Just 'cause the baby is my reason for living, my reason for coming to work.
- Richard Dean Anderson
(Keywords: Work, Change, Father, Baby, Being, Living, Reason, Want)

Tragedy is restful: and the reason is that hope, that foul, deceitful thing, has no part in it.
- Jean Anouilh
(Keywords: Hope, Reason, Tragedy)

Most men seem to live according to sense rather than reason.
- Thomas Aquinas
(Keywords: Men, Reason, Sense)

Reason in man is rather like God in the world.
- Thomas Aquinas
(Keywords: God, Man, Reason, World)

There are strange flowers of reason to match each error of the senses.
- Louis Aragon
(Keywords: Error, Flowers, Reason, Senses)

O reason, reason, abstract phantom of the waking state, I had already expelled you from my dreams, now I have reached a point where those dreams are about to become fused with apparent realities: now there is only room here for myself.
- Louis Aragon
(Keywords: Dreams, Now, Reason, State, Waking)

Can the knowledge deriving from reason even begin to compare with knowledge perceptible by sense?
- Louis Aragon
(Keywords: Knowledge, Reason, Sense)

Fear of error which everything recalls to me at every moment of the flight of my ideas, this mania for control, makes men prefer reason's imagination to the imagination of the senses. And yet it is always the imagination alone which is at work.
- Louis Aragon
(Keywords: Imagination, Men, Work, Fear, Ideas, Control, Error, Reason, Senses)

I have 40 years of unpublished material, the ones they don't pick, and the reason I don't redraw them or use them again is that I like to use my brain every day and come up with new jokes.
- Sergio Aragones
(Keywords: Day, Jokes, Reason, Years)

The reason I love comics more than anything else is that the longest story will be just a few pages. With a novel, it takes so many pages to get to one thing happening.
- Sergio Aragones
(Keywords: Love, Reason, Will)

Excellence, then, is a state concerned with choice, lying in a mean, relative to us, this being determined by reason and in the way in which the man of practical wisdom would determine it.
- Aristotle
(Keywords: Wisdom, Being, Choice, Excellence, Lying, Man, Reason, State)

We all look to have transcendent experiences that lift us out of the everyday, and fear is a good one. But, I think it's the same reason why people want to laugh their heads off.
- Adam Arkin
(Keywords: People, Fear, Reason, Want)

But if you cover the World Series on the news or do a feature on an Ali boxing match then all of a sudden ears go up all over the place and people say what the hell are you doing. The reason for that is that we're doing something that people are really interested in.
- Roone Arledge
(Keywords: People, Boxing, Hell, News, Reason, World)

1988 I also received from the city of Vienna the cross of honour for art and science. These titles and the various honors mean a great deal to me, most of all for the reason that they would mean a great deal to my parents too.
- Leon Askin
(Keywords: Art, Science, Parents, Reason, Titles)

There are things so deep and complex that only intuition can reach it in our stage of development as human beings. And to Poe... well, a great logician could be an enemy to him, what he called conventional world reason.
- John Astin
(Keywords: Development, Deep, Enemy, Intuition, Reason, World)

Never let the future disturb you. You will meet it, if you have to, with the same weapons of reason which today arm you against the present.
- Marcus Aurelius
(Keywords: Future, Present, Reason, Today, Weapons, Will)

Aptitude found in the understanding and is often inherited. Genius coming from reason and imagination, rarely.
- Marcus Aurelius
(Keywords: Imagination, Genius, Reason, Understanding)

Where youth and diffidence are united, it requires uncommon steadiness of reason to resist the attraction of being called the most charming girl in the world.
- Jane Austen
(Keywords: Being, Reason, United, World, Youth)

The reason is that till date, in spite of advances in information technology and strategies of information, the written word in the form of books still remains one of humanity's most enduring legacies.
- Ibrahim Babangida
(Keywords: Technology, Books, Humanity, Information, Reason, Word)

The maxim, that governments ought to train the people in the way in which they should go, sounds well. But is there any reason for believing that a government is more likely to lead the people in the right way than the people to fall into the right way of themselves?
- Thomas Babington
(Keywords: Government, People, Maxim, Reason, Right)

The main reason for the failure of the modern medical science is that it is dealing with results and not causes. Nothing more than the patching up of those attacked and the burying of those who are slain, without a thought being given to the real strong hold.
- Edward Bach
(Keywords: Medical, Science, Thought, Failure, Being, Causes, Nothing, Reason, Results)

Fortitude is the marshal of thought, the armor of the will, and the fort of reason.
- Francis Bacon
(Keywords: Thought, Reason, Will)

The best reason why Monarchy is a strong government is, that it is an intelligible government. The mass of mankind understand it, and they hardly anywhere in the world understand any other.
- Walter Bagehot
(Keywords: Government, Mankind, Reason, World)

That is, the only reason salvation is necessary is to get us back to the garden. The Pentateuch not only presents where we began but also why we are not there any more, and why and how we need to get back.
- David Baker
(Keywords: Garden, Reason, Salvation)

Reporters thrive on the world's misfortune. For this reason they often take an indecent pleasure in events that dismay the rest of humanity.
- Russell Baker
(Keywords: Events, Humanity, Misfortune, Pleasure, Reason, Rest, World)

Such a faith would be fatal to my reason, to my liberty, and even to the success of my undertakings; it would immediately transform me into a stupid slave, an instrument of the will and interests of others.
- Mikhail Bakunin
(Keywords: Faith, Success, Liberty, Reason, Will)

A third ideal that has made its way in the modern world is reliance on reason, especially reason disciplined and enriched by modern science. An eternal basis of human intercommunication is reason.
- Emily Greene Balch
(Keywords: Science, Reason, World)

I love America more than any other country in this world, and, exactly for this reason, I insist on the right to criticize her perpetually.
- James A. Baldwin
(Keywords: Love, America, Country, Reason, Right, World)

I would rather trust a woman's instinct than a man's reason.
- Stanley Baldwin
(Keywords: Trust, Instinct, Man, Reason, Woman)

But reason always cuts a poor figure beside sentiment; the one being essentially restricted, like everything that is positive, while the other is infinite.
- Honore de Balzac
(Keywords: Positive, Being, Infinite, Poor, Reason, Sentiment)

It is easier to be a lover than a husband for the simple reason that it is more difficult to be witty every day than to say pretty things from time to time.
- Honore de Balzac
(Keywords: Time, Husband, Day, Pretty, Reason, Witty)

That's one reason why it's pretty worthless, I can't totally buy it, if you think about it, it's things like the Phil Spector records. On one level they were rebellion, on another level they were keeping the teenager in his place.
- Lester Bangs
(Keywords: Pretty, Reason, Rebellion)

The reason good women like me and flock to my pictures is that there is a little bit of vampire instinct in every woman.
- Theda Bara
(Keywords: Women, Instinct, Reason, Woman)

They seem to have forgotten that, and are back saying the only purpose of P2P networks is for illegal trading of owned goods. We claim part of the reason for P2P is for legal trading of what ought to be in public domain. And what is in public domain in many cases.
- John Perry Barlow
(Keywords: Legal, Purpose, Public, Reason, Saying)



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