Quotes with reason
A man who is furnished with arguments from the mint will convince his antagonist much sooner than one who draws them from reason and philosophy.
The reason why so few good books are written is, that so few people that can write know anything.
Literary Studies (1879)
I knew I was going to get blasted somewhere for name-dropping. I have this problem: for the greater part of my life, everybody that I was close to was a 'name' that was known to somebody for some reason. I can`t help it. What am I going to do?
Interview with Chicago Tribute, June 15, 1989
Most advances in science come when a person for one reason or another is forced to change fields.
Example has more followers than reason. We unconsciously imitate what pleases us, and insensibly approximate to the characters we most admire. In this way, a generous habit of thought and of action carries with it an incalculable influence.
Intuitions and Summaries of Thought (1862)
The ultimate reason for studying history is to become conscious of the possibilities of human existence.
It is not what a lawyer tells me I may do; but what humanity, reason, and justice tell me I ought to do.
The reason to pass immigration reform is not to bolster a Republican Party. It's to fix a system that's broken. Good policy yields good politics.
Interview with ABC News program "This Week", July 7, 2013. About immigration reform.
To live is like to love — all reason is against it, and all healthy instinct for it.
The Notebooks of Samuel Butler (1912)
Did you ever see an unhappy horse? Did you ever see a bird that had the blues? One reason why birds and horses are not unhappy is because they are not trying to impress other birds and horses.
As soon as questions of will or decision or reason or choice of action arise, human science is at a loss.
Everything is stacked against you, but for some reason some silly chaps seem to be driven to it (rather like a painter of a composer of music), which is perhaps just as well or we should still be living in the Stone Age. Some of the hovercraft saga was fun, but most of it was incredibly frustrating.
About inventing in Britain.
The ethical view of the universe involves us at last in so many cruel and absurd contradictions, where the last vestiges of faith, hope, charity, and even of reason itself, seem ready to perish, that I have come to suspect that the aim of creation cannot be ethical at all. I would fondly believe that its object is purely spectacular: a spectacle for awe, love, adoration, or hate, if you like, but in this view -- and in this view alone -- never for despair!
Some Reminiscences (1912)
He, who will not reason, is a bigot; he, who cannot, is a fool; and he, who dares not, is a slave.
Commerce is a game of skill, which every man cannot play, which few men can play well. The right merchant is one who has the just average of faculties we call common sense; a man of a strong affinity for facts, who makes up his decision on what he has seen. He is thoroughly persuaded of the truths of arithmetic. There is always a reason, in the man, for his good or bad fortune, and so, in making money. Men talk as if there were some magic about this, and believe in magic, in all parts of life. He knows, that all goes on the old road, pound for pound, cent for cent, — for every effect a perfect cause, — and that good luck is another name for tenacity of purpose.
The Conduct of Life (1860)
All our progress is an unfolding, like the vegetable bud. You have first an instinct, then an opinion, then a knowledge, as the plant has root, bud and fruit. Trust the instinct to the end, though you can render no reason.
The reason conservatives cohere and radicals fight: everyone agrees about fears, no one about visions.
On July 19, 1995, A Year With Swollen Appendices (1996)
He saw no reason why there should be all this to-do about so simple a thing as love-making.
Madame Bovary (1857)
I believe that the experience of love is the most human and humanizing act that it is given to man to enjoy and that it, like reason, makes no sense if conceived in a partial way.
I don't feel obliged to believe that the same God who has endowed us with sense, reason, and intellect has intended us to forgo their use.
A true leader has to have a genuine open-door policy so that his people are not afraid to approach him for any reason.
One thing led to another and then you started with something and you finished with another, and these inventions. I incorporated those in my regular cartoons and, for some reason or other, they were taken up. They stood out and I'm typed as an inventor; I'm a crazy inventor and my name is in the dictionary and I'm very pleased.
Oral history interview with Rube Goldberg by Emily Nathan, for Radio Smithsonian, 1970.
Why has government been instituted at all? Because the passions of men will not conform to the dictates of reason and justice, without constraint.
The difference between faith and superstition is that the first uses reason to go as far as it can, and then makes the jump; the second shuns reason entirely — which is why superstition is not the ally, but the enemy, of true religion.
Strictly Personal (1953)
Because there is a law such as gravity, the Universe can and will create itself from nothing. Spontaneous creation is the reason there is something rather than nothing, why the Universe exists, why we exist. It is not necessary to invoke God to light the blue touch paper and set the Universe going.
The Critique of Pure Reason is a continual sermon against the use of the category of thought beyond the limits of actual experience.
But in modern war, you die like a dog for no good reason.
The real reason for not committing suicide is because you always know how swell life gets again after the hell is over.
We are all tattooed in our cradles with the beliefs of our tribe; the record may seem superficial, but it is indelible. You cannot educate a man wholly out of the superstitious fears which were early implanted in his imagination; no matter how utterly his reason may reject them, he will still feel as the famous woman did about ghosts, Je n'y crois pas, mais je les crains,—"I don't believe in them, but I am afraid of them, nevertheless".
The Poet at the Breakfast Table (1879)
The happiest people seem to be those who have no particular reason for being so except that they are so.
He who will not apply himself to business, eventually discovers that he means to get his bread by cheating, stealing, or begging, or else is wholly void of reason.
Happiness is not an ideal of reason, but of imagination.
The future does not belong to those who are content with today, apathetic toward common problems and their fellow man alike, timid and fearful in the face of bold projects and new ideas. Rather, it will belong to those who can blend passion, reason and courage in a personal commitment to the great enterprises and ideals of American society.
Be sure of the foundation of your life. Know why you live as you do. Be ready to give a reason for it. Do not, in such a matter as life, build an opinion or custom on what you guess is true. Make it a matter of certainty and science.
Substance and Show and Other Lectures
The truth, indeed, is something that mankind, for some mysterious reason, instinctively dislikes. Every man who tries to tell it is unpopular, and even when, by the sheer strength of his case, he prevails, he is put down as a scoundrel.
Chicago Tribune (23 May 1926)
Probably the reason we all go so haywire at Christmas time with the endless unrestrained and often silly buying of gifts is that we don’t quite know how to put our love into words.
Who kills a man kills a reasonable creature, God's image, but thee who destroys a good book, kills reason its self.
The reason the Romans built their great paved highways was because they had such inconvenient footwear.
The true man wants two things: danger and play. For that reason he wants woman, as the most dangerous toy.
Thus Spoke Zarathustra
There is no reason for any individual to have a computer in his home.
In at talk given to a 1977 World Future Society meeting in Boston. Olsen later explained that he was referring to smart homes rather than personal computers.
The brick walls are there for a reason. They’re not there to keep us out. The brick walls are there to give us a chance to show how badly we want something.
The Last Lecture
A remorseful change of mind renders even a noble action base, whereas the determination which is grounded on knowledge and reason cannot change even if its actions fail.
What preceded the generation of the world was disorder, disorder not incorporeal or immobile or inanimate, but of corporeality amorphous and incoherent, and of motivity demented and irrational, and this was the discord of soul that has not reason.
On Aristotle's On the Soul
Oratory... consists of serious pleading, not mimicry. There is, therefore, good reason for the condemnation passed on a delivery which entails the continual alteration of facial expression, annoying restlessness of gesture and gusty changes of tone. ... There is too much 'business' in such delivery.
Coquetry is the essential characteristic, and the prevalent humor of women; but they do not all practise it, because the coquetry of some is restrained by fear or by reason.
He is not a reasonable man who by chance stumbles upon reason, but he who derives it from knowledge, from discernment, and from taste.
Intrepidity is an extraordinary strength of soul, which raises it above the troubles, disorders and emotions which the sight of great perils can arouse in it; by this strength heroes maintain a calm aspect and preserve their reason and liberty in the most surprising and terrible accidents.
One reason why we find so few people who are rational and agreeable in conversation is that there is hardly anyone who does not think more about what he wants to say than about responding to what is said. The most clever and polite people are content with merely seeming attentive—and we can can perceive in their eyes and mind that they are wandering from what is said, and want to return to what they want to say; instead of considering that the worst way to persuade or please others is to try to please ourselves [this way], and that listening well and answering well are some of the greatest charms we can have in conversation.
The reason for misreckoning in expected returns of gratitude is that the pride of the giver and receiver can never agree about the value of the obligation.
Truth is the foundation and the reason of the perfection of beauty, for of whatever stature a thing may be, it cannot be beautiful and perfect, unless it be truly what it should be, and possess truly all that it should have.
We should often have reason to be ashamed of our most brilliant actions if the world could see the motives from which they spring.
The reason the lawyers lead the line to the guillotine or the firing squad is that, while law is supposed to be a device to serve society, a civilized way of helping the wheels go round without too much friction, it is pretty hard to find a group less concerned with serving society and more concerned with serving themselves than the lawyers.
"Goodbye to Law Reviews," 23 Virginia Law Review 38-45 (November 1936).
We are born weak, we need strength; helpless, we need aid; foolish, we need reason.
I do not think that the real reason why people accept religion has anything to do with argumentation. They accept religion on emotional grounds. One is often told that it is a very wrong thing to attack religion, because religion makes men virtuous. So I am told; I have not noticed it.
Why I Am Not a Christian (1927)
To save the world requires faith and courage: faith in reason, and courage to proclaim what reason shows to be true.
The Prospects of Industrial Civilization (1923)
Reason is a harmonising, controlling force rather than a creative one.
Mysticism and Logic and Other Essays (1918)
Every existing thing is born without reason, prolongs itself out of weakness, and dies by chance.
What reason, like the careful ant, draws laboriously together, the wind of accident sometimes collects in a moment.
This girl had inherited seven houses, Which was as good a reason for getting rid of her as any.
Interview with The Telegraph, 2004. About his brief first marriage.
The reason why we have to acquire wealth is the body, because we are slaves in its service.
Law; an ordinance of reason for the common good, made by him who has care of the community.
Democracy is based on the conviction that man has the moral and intellectual capacity, as well as the inalienable right, to govern himself with reason and justice.
Customs do not concern themselves with right or wrong or reason. But they have to be obeyed; one reasons all around them until he is tired, but he must not transgress them, it is sternly forbidden.
"The Gorky Incident"
The only reason I made a commercial for American Express was to pay for my American Express bill.
But don't get me wrong. As far as a man and a woman is concerned, I'm awfully happy there's a thing called sex. It's an extra something God gave us. I see no reason why it shouldn't be in pictures. Healthy, lusty sex is wonderful.
Passion and prejudice govern the world; only under the name of reason. It is our part, by religion and reason joined, to counteract them all we can.
Letter to John Benson (October 5, 1770)
Literature is strewn with the wreckage of men who have minded beyond reason the opinions of others.
A Room of One's Own (1929)
You can think I'm wrong, but that's no reason to quit thinking.
House. By Dr. Gregory House.
People lie for thousands of reasons, but there's always a reason.
House, Spin. By Dr. Gregory House.
The reason we crave meaning is because it makes us happy.
House, Meaning. By Dr. Gregory House.