Reason Quotes

The past is our definition. We may strive, with good reason, to escape it, or to escape what is bad in it, but we will escape it only by adding something better to it.

Wendell Berry

Man staggers through life yapped at by his reason, pulled and shoved by his appetites, whispered to by fears, beckoned by hopes. Small wonder that what he craves most is self-forgetting.

Eric Hoffer

Anger is never without a reason, but seldom with a good one.

Benjamin Franklin

The only reason why child abuse is alive today, is because we as adults fail our children when we fail to listen to them. Listen to a child today!

Heather McClane

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

Childhood is the sleep of reason.

Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Some people in our country seem more concerned about respecting the dignity and privacy of criminals and terrorists than they are about having an airport full of people obliterated, or a completely booked hotel blown to bits. Perhaps they think, Let's not get so upset about attacks on our embassies or military bases. Maybe, they surmise, the terrorists have good reason for attacking us. We have no right to be harassing innocent people in our country. For some people, not even the grotesque images that filled our television screens after al Qaeda's blatant attacks on 9/11 seem enough to wake them out of their utopia feel-good world.

John David Ashcroft

True courage is not the brutal force of vulgar heroes, but the firm resolve of virtue and reason

Alfred North Whitehead

You will suddenly realize that the reason you never changed before was because you didn't want to.

Robert H. Schuller

Mankind are governed more by their feelings than by reason.

Samuel Adams

We may seek a fortune for no greater reason than to secure the respect and attention of people who would otherwise look straight through us.

Alain de Botton

A long habit of not thinking a thing wrong, gives it a superficial appearance of being right, and raises at first a formidable outcry in defense of custom. But the tumult soon subsides. Time makes more converts than reason.

Thomas Paine

The reason one writes isn't the fact he wants to say something. He writes because he has something to say.

F. Scott Fitzgerald

They whose sole bliss is eating can give but that one brutish reason why they live.

Juvenal

Yes, things happen for a reason, but the key to true happiness is figuring out that reason.

Sharon Abel

Late, I learned that when reason died, then Wisdom was born; before that liberation, I had only knowledge.

Sri Aurobindo

My passion and great enjoyment for architecture, and the reason the older I get the more I enjoy it, is because I believe we - architects - can effect the quality of life of the people.

Richard Rogers

Love grows. Lust wastes by Enjoyment, and the Reason is, that one springs from an Union of Souls, and the other from an Union of Sense.

William Penn

I see no reason to keep silent about my enjoyment of the sound of my own voice as I work.

Muriel Spark

Do not seek the because - in love there is no because, no reason, no explanation, no solutions.

Anais Nin

It has always surprised me how little attention philosophers have paid to humor, since it is a more significant process of mind than reason. Reason can only sort out perceptions, but the humor process is involved in changing them.

Edward de Bono

I fear animals regard man as a creature of their own kind which has in a highly dangerous fashion lost its healthy animal reason / as the mad animal, as the laughing animal, as the weeping animal, as the unhappy animal.

Friedrich Nietzsche

Did you ever see an unhappy horse? Did you ever see bird that had the blues? One reason why birds and horses are not unhappy is because they are not trying to impress other birds and horses.

Dale Carnegie

If we have reason to believe someone is preparing an attack against the U.S., has developed that capability, harbours those aspirations, then I think the U.S. is justified in dealing with that, if necessary, by military force.

Dick Cheney
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