All human actions have one or more of these seven causes: chance, nature, compulsion, habit, reason, passion, and desire.
Chance corrects us of many faults that reason would not know how to correct.
When a husband brings his wife flowers for no reason, there's a reason.
The dog has got more fun out of Man than Man has got out of the dog, for the clearly demonstrable reason that Man is the more laughable of the two animals
The reason a writer writes a book is to forget a book and the reason a reader reads one is to remember it.
The universal medicine for the Soul is the Supreme Reason and Absolute Justice; for the mind, mathematical and practical Truth; for the body, the Quintessence, a combination of light and gold.
The reason why the world lacks unity, and lies broken and in heaps, is, because man is disunited with himself.
True courage is not the brutal force of vulgar heroes, but the firm resolve of virtue and reason
Sarcasm is the language of the devil, for which reason I have long since as good as renounced it.
A tragic irony of life is that we so often achieve success or financial independence after the chief reason for which we sought it has passed away.
The weakness of ourselves and of our reason makes us see flaws in beauties by making us consider everything piece by piece.
Emotions have taught mankind to reason.
I reject any religious doctrine that does not appeal to reason and is in conflict with morality.
Astrological prayers seem to me to be built on as good reason as the predictions.
Of all the forms of injustice, that is the most egregious which makes the circumstances of sex a reason for excluding one half of mankind from all those paths which lead to usefulness and honor
The reason why I take my life is because I want to go to my wife and boy. My usefulness in this world is at an end. I can not be satisfied in any business and can not be without their companionship
A flower's structure leads a bee toward having pollen adhere to its body . . . we don't know of any such reason why beautiful places attract humans.
How about some toasts? My favorite is:
If all be true that I do think, there are five reasons we should drink. Good friends, good times, or being dry, or lest we should be by and by, or any other reason why.
Wine can be considered with good reason as the most healthful and the most hygienic of all beverages.
Authority has every reason to fear the skeptic, for authority can rarely survive in the face of doubt
The accidental prescriptions of authority, when time has procured them veneration, are often confounded with the laws of nature, and those rules are supposed coeval with reason, of which the first rise cannot be discovered
I was bold in the pursuit of knowledge, never fearing to follow truth and reason to whatever results they led, and bearding every authority which stood in their way.
The ultimate authority must always rest with the individual's own reason and critical analysis.
The being cannot be termed rational or virtuous, who obeys any authority, but that of reason.
I bow before the authority of special men because it is imposed upon me by my own reason.