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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

 

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If you follow reason far enough it always leads to conclusions that are contrary to reason.
~ Samuel Butler

 

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It takes less time to do a thing right than to explain why you did it wrong.
~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

 

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It was not reason that besieged Troy; it was not reason that sent forth the Saracen from the desert to conquer the world; that inspired the crusades; that instituted the monastic orders; it was not reason that produced the Jesuits; above all, it was not reason that created the French Revolution. Man is only great when he acts from the passions; never irresistible but when he appeals to the imagination.
~ Benjamin Disraeli

 

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Just as love is an orientation which refers to all objects and is incompatible with the restriction to one object, so is reason a human faculty which must embrace the whole of the world with which man is confronted.
~ Erich Fromm

 

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Let reason govern desire.
~ Marcus T. Cicero

 

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Man always has two reasons for the things he does; the logical one and the real one.
~ Anonymous

 

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Man is a reasoning rather than a reasonable animal.
~ Alexander Hamilton

 

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Many are destined to reason wrongly; others, not to reason at all; and others, to persecute those who do reason.
~ Voltaire

 

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Most men seem to live according to sense rather than reason.
~ St. Thomas Aquinas

 

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

 

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Most of us, when all is said and done, like what we like and make up reasons for it afterwards.
~ Soren F. Petersen

 

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Neither great poverty nor great riches will hear reason.
~ Henry Fielding

 

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Never try to reason the prejudice out of a man. It was not reasoned into him, and cannot be reasoned out.
~ Sydney Smith

 

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No one ever excused his way to success.
~ Dave Del Dotto

 

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Nothing is divine but what is agreeable to reason.
~ Immanuel Kant

 

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O reason, reason, abstract phantom of the waking state, I had already expelled you from my dreams, now I have reached a point where those dreams are about to become fused with apparent realities: now there is only room here for myself.
~ Louis Aragon

 

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On life's vast ocean diversely we sail. Reasons the card, but passion the gale.
~ Alexander Pope

 

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Our passion and principals are constantly in a frenzy, but begin to shift and waver, as we return to reason.
~ Laurence Sterne

 

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Our reason may prove what it will: our reason is only a feeble ray that has issued from Nature.
~ Maurice Maeterlinck

 

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