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To despise the animal basis of life, to seek value only at the level of conscious intelligence and rational effort, is ultimately to lose one's sense of cosmic relationships.

To reason correctly from a false principle, is the perfection of sophistry.

To see what is in front of one's nose needs a constant struggle.

We are afraid to put men to live and trade each on his own private stock of reason; because we suspect that this stock in each man is small, and that the individuals would do better to avail themselves of the general bank and capital of nations and of ages.

We can only reason from what is; we can reason on actualities, but not on possibilities.

We do not fight for the real but for shadows we make A flag is a piece of cloth and a word is a sound, But we make them something neither cloth nor a sound Tokens of love and hate, black sorcery stones.

When a man has not a good reason for doing a thing, he has one good reason for letting it alone.

When my reason is afloat, my faith cannot long remain in suspense, and I believe in God as firmly as in any other truth whatever; in short, a thousand motives draw me to the consolatory side, and add the weight of hope to the equilibrium of reason.

When the human mind exists in the light of reason and no more than reason, we may say with absolute certainty that Man and all that made him will be in that instant gone.

Where I cannot satisfy my reason, I love to humour my fancy.

Wise men are instructed by reason; men of less understanding, by experience; the most ignorant, by necessity; and beasts by nature.

Wouldst thou subject all things to thyself? - Subject thyself to thy reason.

You know, my friends, with what a brave carouse I made a second marriage in my house; Divorced old barren reason from my bed, And took the daughter of the vine to spouse.

Your giving a reason for it will not make it right. - You may have a reason why two and two should make five, but they will still make but four.


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