Rationalization Quotes

Most popular rationalization quotes

On all the important stuff, we are emotional creatures who make decisions first and rationalize them after the fact.

decision-making

We humans like to think we are creatures of reason. We aren't. The reality is that we make our decisions first and rationalize them later....Your illusion of being a rational person is supported by the fact that sometimes you do act rationally.

reason

Rationalization may be defined as self-deception by reasoning.

self-deception

A leader or a man of action in a crisis almost always acts subconsciously and then thinks of the reasons for his action.

leadership

Rationalization is bad judgment's best friend.  When we do things that are not in alignment with our own values, we rationalize it.
Rationalization is a cover-up, a process of providing one's emotions with a false identity, of giving them spurious explanations and justifications—in order to hide one's motives, not just from others, but primarily from oneself.
There's never been an act done since the beginning, from a kid stealing candy to a dictator committing genocide, that the person doing it didn't think he was fully justified.  That's a mental trick called rationalizing, and it's done the human race more harm than anything else you can name.