Reason Quotes

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  • Reason has built the modern world. It is a precious but also a fragile thing, which can be corroded by apparently harmless irrationality. We must favor verifiable evidence over private feeling. Otherwise we leave ourselves vulnerable to those who would obscure the truth.
    o Richard Dawkins, The Enemies of Reason, “Slaves to Superstition” [1.01], 13 August 2007, timecode 00:46:47ff

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  • “Reason is the glory of human nature, and one of the chief eminences whereby we are raised above the beasts, in this lower world.”
    o Dr. Watts

  • “Let our reason, and not our senses, be the rule of our conduct; for reason will teach us to think wisely, to speak prudently, and to behave worthily.”
    o Confucius

  • “Though reason is not to be relied upon as universally sufficient to direct us what to do, yet it is generally to be relied upon and obeyed where it tells us what we are not to do.”
    o South

  • “He that will not reason is a bigot, he that cannot reason is a fool, and he that dares not reason is a slave.”
    o Sir W. Drummond

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

  • “When a man has not a good reason for doing a thing, he has one good reason for letting it alone.”
    o Walter Scott

  • “One can never repeat too often, that reason, as it exists in man, is only our intellectual eye, and that, like the eye, to see, it needs light,—to see clearly and far, it needs the light of evidence.”
    o Anonymous

  • “The language of reason, unaccompanied by kindness, will often fail of making an impression; it has no effect on the understanding, because it touches not the heart. The language of kindness, unassociated with reason, will frequently be unable to persuade; because, though it may gain upon the affections, it wants that which is necessary to convince the judgment. But let reason and kindness be united in a discourse, and seldom will even pride or prejudice find it easy to resist.”
    o Gisborne

  • “Good reasons must, of force, give place to better.”
    o Shakespeare

  • “There is a just Latin axiom, that he who seeks a reason for everything subverts reason.”
    o Epes Sargent

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