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How often do we contradict the right rules of reason in the course of our lives! Reason itself is true and just, but the reason of every particular man is weak and wavering, perpetually swayed and turned by his interests, his passions, and his vices.

Human reason is like a drunken man on horseback; set it up on one side, and it tumbles over on the other.

Human reason needs only to will more strongly than fate, and she is fate.

I have hardly ever known a mathematician who was capable of reasoning.

I have no other but a woman's reason. I think him so because I think him so.

I like reality. It tastes like bread.

If I go to heaven I want to take my reason with me.

If not reason, then the devil. See quote detail

If reasons were as plenty as blackberries I would give no man a reason upon compulsion.

If we are entirely reasonable, we must live like brutes whose instincts are the result of experience well reasoned out.

If we would guide by the light of reason we must let our minds be bold.

If you make people think they're thinking, they'll love you; but if you really make them think, they'll hate you.

In me past, present, future meet - to hold long chiding conference. My lusts usurp the present tense - and strangle reason in his seat.

Irrationally held truths may be more harmful than reasoned errors.

It has been my object and unquenched desire, to kindle young minds, and to guard them against the temptations of scomers, by showing that the scheme of Christianity, though not discoverable by human reason, is yet in accordance with it; that link follows link by necessary consequence; that religion passes out of the ken of reason only where the eye of reason has reached its own horizon; and that faith is then but its continuation; even as the day softens away into the sweet twilight, and twilight, hushed and breathless, steals into the darkness.

It is useless to attempt to reason a man out of a thing he was never reasoned into.

It may well be doubted whether human ingenuity can construct an enigma of the kind which human ingenuity may not, by proper application, resolve.

Let us not dream that reason can ever be popular. Passions, emotions, may be made popular, but reason remains ever the property of the few.

Man is a creature of impulse, emotion, action rather than reason. Reason is a verylate development in the world of living creatures, most of whom, as far as we know, get along admirably in daily life without it.

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


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