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Reason is a very light rider, and easily shook off.

Passion and prejudice govern the world; only under the name of reason.
I can stand brute force, but brute reason is quite unbearable. There is something unfair about its use. It is hitting below the intellect.
Reasonable people adapt themselves to the world. Unreasonable people attempt to adapt the world to themselves. All progress, therefore, depends on unreasonable people.
Write on my gravestone: Infidel, Traitor.--infidel to every church that compromises with wrong; traitor to every government that oppresses the people.
We are a rebellious nation. Our whole history is treason; our blood was attained before we were born; our creeds were infidelity to the mother church; our constitution treason to our fatherland.
There is something peculiarly sinister and insidious in even a charge of disloyalty. Such a charge all too frequently places a strain on the reputation of an individual which is indelible and lasting, regardless of the complete innocence later proved.
Treason is like diamonds; there is nothing to be made by the small trader.
Is there not some chosen curse, some hidden thunder in the stores of heaven, red with uncommon wrath, to blast the man who owes his greatness to his country's ruin!
Reasoning draws a conclusion, but does not make the conclusion certain, unless the mind discovers it by the path of experience.
There are strange flowers of reason to match each error of the senses.
As if reasoning were any kind of writing or talking which tends to convince people that some doctrine or measure is true and right.
We can only reason from what is; we can reason on actualities, but not on possibilities.
To reason about love is to lose reason.
People are governed with the head; kindness of heart is little use in chess.
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.
Reason should direct and appetite obey.
The trouble with Reason is that it becomes meaningless at the exact point where it refuses to act.
No one ever excused his way to success.
Reason is a crutch for age, but youth is strong enough to walk alone.
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.
Reason can in general do more than blind force.
I'll not listen to reason. Reason always means what someone else has got to say.
Reason can never be popular. Passions and feelings may become popular, but reason will always remain the sole property of a few eminent individuals.
Reason is a faculty far larger than mere objective force. When either the political or the scientific discourse announces itself as the voice of reason, it is playing God, and should be spanked and stood in the corner.
Man is a reasoning rather than a reasonable animal.
As soon as man began considering himself the source of the highest meaning in the world and the measure of everything, the world began to lose its human dimension, and man began to lose control of it.
To him who looks upon the world rationally, the world in its turn presents a rational aspect. The relation is mutual.
Nothing is divine but what is agreeable to reason.
Reason now gazes above the realm of the dark but warm feelings as the Alpine peaks do above the clouds. They behold the sun more clearly and distinctly, but they are cold and unfruitful.
Reason is a supple nymph, and slippery as a fish by nature. She had as leave give her kiss to an absurdity any day, as to syllogistic truth. The absurdity may turn out truer.
An appeal to the reason of the people has never been known to fail in the long run.
Our reason may prove what it will: our reason is only a feeble ray that has issued from Nature.
I prefer the company of peasants because they have not been educated sufficiently to reason incorrectly.
A man always has two reasons for doing anything -- a good reason and the real reason.
There is really nothing more to say except why. But since why is difficult to handle, one must take refuge in how.
Whenever a person strives, by the help of dialectic, to start in pursuit of every reality by a simple process of reason, independent of all sensuous information -- never flinching, until by an act of the pure intelligence he has grasped the real nature of good -- he arrives at the very end of the intellectual world.
On life's vast ocean diversely we sail. Reasons the card, but passion the gale.
Reason lies between the bridle and the spur.
Everyone has his reasons.

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