Reason Quotes

Can you really ask what reason Pythagoras had for abstaining from flesh? For my part I rather wonder both by what accident and in what state of soul or mind the first man did so, touched his mouth to gore and brought his lips to the flesh of a dead creature, he who set forth tables of dead, stale bodies and ventured to call food and nourishment the parts that had a little before bellowed and cried, moved and lived. How could his eyes endure the slaughter when throats were slit and hides flayed and limbs torn from limb? How could his nose endure the stench? How was it that the pollution did not turn away his taste, which made contact with the sores of others and sucked juices and serums from mortal wounds?

Plutarch

One reason I don't drink is that I want to know when I am having a good time.

Lady Astor

Poetry heals the wounds inflicted by reason.

Novalis

To hell with reality! I want to die in music, not in reason or in prose. People don't deserve the restraint we show by not going into delirium in front of them. To hell with them!

Louis-Ferdinand CÈline

A Californian who I had recently the pleasure of meeting observed that if the philosophers had lived among your mountains, their systems would have been different from what they are. Certainly very different from what those systems are which the European genteel tradition has handed down since Socrates; for these systems are egotistical; directly or indirectly they are anthropocentric, and inspired by the conceited notion the man, or human reason, or the human distinction between good and evil, is the center and pivot of the universe. That is what the mountains and the woods should make you at last ashamed to assert.

George Santayana

Fearlessness comes with the birth of this new understanding: The only reason life changes as it does is to reveal the secret Goodness underlying those same changes.

Guy Finley

The only reason a great many American families don't own an elephant is that they have never been offered an elephant for a dollar down and easy weekly payments.

Mad Magazine

Reason can answer questions, but imagination has to ask them.

Dr. Ralph Gerard

The reason why worry kills more people than work is that more people worry than work.

Robert Frost

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.

Lord Chesterfield

A marriage...makes of two fractional lives a whole; it gives to two purposeless lives a work, and doubles the strength of each to perform it; it gives to two questioning natures a reason for living, and something to live for; it will give a new gladness to the sunshine, a new fragrance to the flowers, a new beauty to the earth, and a new mystery to life.

Mark Twain

Nothing has been purchased more dearly than the little bit of reason and sense of freedom which now constitutes our pride.

Friedrich Nietzsche

Cultural tourism surveys consistently rate San Francisco's art industry as a core reason for visiting.

Gavin Newsom

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

Fate - everything happens for a reason. And when fate happens look for the good in it as it is there!

Catherine Pulsifer

Law; an ordinance of reason for the common good, made by him who has care of the community

St. Thomas Aquinas

Distrust all those who love you extremely upon a very slight acquaintance and without any visible reason.

Lord Chesterfield

I would rather trust a woman's instinct than a man's reason.

Stanley Baldwin

The greatest genius is never so great as when it is chastised and subdued by the highest reason.

Charles Caleb Colton

Faith is not contrary to reason.

Sherwood Eddy

If it can be verified, we don't need faith... Faith is for that which lies on the other side of reason. Faith is what makes life bearable, with all its tragedies and ambiguities and sudden, startling joys.

Madeleine L'Engle

Faith begins where Reason sinks exhausted.

Albert Pike

My faith runs so very much faster than my reason that I can challenge the whole world and say, 'God is, was and ever shall be'

Mahatma Gandhi

The way to see by Faith is to shut the Eye of Reason.

Benjamin Franklin
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