Reason Quotes

Most popular reason quotes

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.

rationalization

Being rational is a moral imperative. You should never be stupider than you need to be.
Reasonable men are open to persuasion.

persuasion

Reason deceives us; conscience, never.

conscience

Reason can wrestle and overthrow terror.

fear

Reason is a weak antagonist against love.

love cynical

If passion drives, let reason hold the reins.

passion

Reason is our soul's left hand, faith her right.

faith

My reason nourishes my faith and my faith my reason.

faith

Reason is the historian, but passions are the actors.

passion

Your own reason is the only oracle given you by heaven.
Passion crashes into obstacles; reason peers around them.

passion obstacles

I have one request: may I never use my reason against truth.

truth

The most formidable weapon against errors of every kind is Reason.

error

Faith... must be enforced by reason... when faith becomes blind it dies.

faith

You can only find truth with logic if you have already found truth without it.

truth

He who establishes his argument by noise and command shows that his reason is weak.

arguments

Wit is the lightning of the mind, reason the sunshine, and reflection the moonlight.

mind

To reason with a poor language is like using a pair of scales with inaccurate weights.

language

The essence of philosophy is the abandonment of all authority in favor of individual human reason.

authority philosophy

The sign of an intelligent people is their ability to control emotions by the application of reason.

emotion intelligence

Most of our so-called reasoning consists in finding arguments for going on believing as we already do.

human nature

Passion, that thing of beauty, that flowering without roots, has to be born, live and die without reason.

passion

Human reason is like a drunken man on horseback; set it up on one side, and it tumbles over on the other.
The golden rule is to test everything in the light of reason and experience, no matter from whom it comes.

critical thinking

Reason, devoid of the purifying power of faith, can never free itself from distortions and rationalizations.

faith

Man is a rational animal who always loses his temper when he is called upon to act in accordance with the dictates of reason.

man the animal

The distinctive Western character begins with the Greeks, who invented the habit of deductive reasoning and the science of geometry.

logic

Imagination took the reins, and reason, slow-paced, though sure-footed, was unequal to a race with so eccentric and flighty a companion.

imagination

I can stand brute force, but brute reason is quite unbearable. There is something unfair about its use. It is hitting below the intellect.
So convenient a thing it is to be a reasonable creature, since it enables one to find or make a reason for everything one has a mind to do.
Question with boldness even the existence of a god; because, if there be one, he must more approve the homage of reason, than that of blindfolded fear.

God asking questions

Philosophers have done wisely when they have told us to cultivate our reason rather than our feelings, for reason reconciles us to daily things of existence; our feelings teach us to yearn after the far, the difficult, the unseen.

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