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Why does man kill? He kills for food. And not only food: frequently there must be a beverage. Woody Allen

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A man has free choice to the extent that he is rational. Thomas Aquinas

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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

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Everything that is beautiful and noble is the product of reason and calculation. Charles Baudelaire

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Reason transformed into prejudice is the worst form of prejudice, because reason is the only instrument for liberation from prejudice. Allan Bloom

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A person usually has two reasons for doing something: a good reason and the real reason. Thomas Carlyle

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As reason is a rebel to faith, so passion is a rebel to reason. Thomas Browne

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Most men seem to live according to sense rather than reason. Thomas Aquinas

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Some excel in rhyme who reason foolishly. Nicolas Boileau-Despréaux

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There are strange flowers of reason to match each error of the senses. Louis Aragon

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People are governed with the head; kindness of heart is little use in chess. Nicolas Chamfort

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The madman is not the man who has lost his reason. He is the man who has lost everything except his reason. G. K. Chesterton

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Reason sits firm and holds the reins, and she will not let the feelings burst away and hurry her to wild chasms. The passions may rage furiously, like true heathens, as they are; and the desires may imagine all sorts of vain things: but judgment shall still have the last word in every argument, and the casting vote in every decision. Charlotte Brontë

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If you follow reason far enough it always leads to conclusions that are contrary to reason.

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Reason should direct and appetite obey. Cicero

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A person possessed with an idea cannot be reasoned with. James Anthony Froude

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Don't ever take a fence down until you know why it was put up. Robert Frost

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The more you reason the less you create. Raymond Chandler

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What is rational is actual, and what is actual is rational. Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel

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Man is a reasoning rather than a reasonable animal. Alexander Hamilton

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To him who looks upon the world rationally, the world in its turn presents a rational aspect. The relation is mutual. Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel

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Nothing is divine but what is agreeable to reason. Immanuel Kant

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Neither great poverty nor great riches will hear reason. Henry Fielding

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Reason is a crutch for age, but youth is strong enough to walk alone. John Dryden

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It was not reason that besieged Troy; it was not reason that sent forth the Saracen from the desert to conquer the world; that inspired the crusades; that instituted the monastic orders; it was not reason that produced the Jesuits; above all, it was not reason that created the French Revolution. Man is only great when he acts from the passions; never irresistible but when he appeals to the imagination. Benjamin Disraeli

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The person who is master of their passions is reason's slave. Cyril Connolly

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If you can once engage people's pride, love, pity, ambition (or whatever is their prevailing passion) on your side, you need not fear what their reason can do against you.

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Let reason govern desire. Cicero

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He that speaketh against his own reason speaks against his own conscience, and therefore it is certain that no man serves God with a good conscience who serves him against his reason. Jeremy Taylor

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What is now reason was formerly impulse or instinct. Ovid

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Whenever a person strives, by the help of dialectic, to start in pursuit of every reality by a simple process of reason, independent of all sensuous information -- never flinching, until by an act of the pure intelligence he has grasped the real nature of good -- he arrives at the very end of the intellectual world. Plato

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Reason is the historian, but passions are the actors. Antoine de Rivarol

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Reason is a very light rider, and easily shook off. Jonathan Swift

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Man always has two reasons for the things he does; the logical one and the real one.

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Sure, he, that made us with such large discourse, looking before and after, gave us not that capability and god-like reason, to fast in us unused. William Shakespeare

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Never try to reason the prejudice out of a man. It was not reasoned into him, and cannot be reasoned out. Sydney Smith

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Our passion and principals are constantly in a frenzy, but begin to shift and waver, as we return to reason. Laurence Sterne

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Reason is a whore, the greatest enemy that faith has. Martin Luther

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Reason is a faculty far larger than mere objective force. When either the political or the scientific discourse announces itself as the voice of reason, it is playing God, and should be spanked and stood in the corner. Ursula K. Le Guin

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Reason can never be popular. Passions and feelings may become popular, but reason will always remain the sole property of a few eminent individuals. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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I'll not listen to reason. Reason always means what someone else has got to say. Elizabeth Gaskell

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Rationalists are admirable beings, rationalism is a hideous monster when it claims for itself omnipotence. Attribution of omnipotence to reason is as bad a piece of idolatry as is worship of stock and stone believing it to be God. I plead not for the suppression of reason, but for a due recognition of that in us which sanctifies reason. Mahatma Gandhi

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Just as love is an orientation which refers to all objects and is incompatible with the restriction to one object, so is reason a human faculty which must embrace the whole of the world with which man is confronted. Erich Fromm

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Reason is a whore, surviving by simulation, versatility, and shamelessness. Emil Cioran

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As soon as man began considering himself the source of the highest meaning in the world and the measure of everything, the world began to lose its human dimension, and man began to lose control of it. Václav Havel

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To give a reason for anything is to breed a doubt of it. William Hazlitt

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Reason is a supple nymph, and slippery as a fish by nature. She had as leave give her kiss to an absurdity any day, as to syllogistic truth. The absurdity may turn out truer. D. H. Lawrence

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Many are destined to reason wrongly; others, not to reason at all; and others, to persecute those who do reason. Voltaire

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Reason is a harmonizing, controlling force rather than a creative one. Bertrand Russell

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The true triumph of reason is that it enables us to get along with those who do not possess it. Voltaire