Reason Quotes

Blaise Pascal

The heart has its reasons which reason knows not.

Friedrich Nietzsche

One ought to hold on to one's heart; for if one lets it go, one soon
One ought to hold on to one's heart; for if one lets it go, one soon loses control of the head too.

Sarah Dessen

It didn't make you noble to step away from something that wasn't working, even if you thought you were the reason for the malfunction. Especially then. It just made you a quitter. Because if you were the problem, chances were you could also be the solution. The only way to find out was to take another shot.

Groucho Marx

Humor is reason gone mad.

George Carlin

Tell people there's an invisible man in the sky who created the universe, and the vast majority will believe you. Tell them the paint is wet, and they have to touch it to be sure.

Beth Nimmo

I write
For the sake of glory
For the sake of fame
For the sake of success
But for the sake of my soul

Thiruman Archunan

The world is continuously discontinuous. It is continuous for intuition and thinking; discontinuous for reason and observation. The human senses break it down but the unconvinced mind unites it.

Lolly Daskal

Where we fall are the stepping-stones for our journey.

Lolly Daskal

The difference between impossible and possible is a willing heart.

Lolly Daskal

Purpose drives the process by which we become what we are capable of being.

Benjamin Wiker

Like Aristotle, conservatives generally accept the world as it is; they distrust the politics of abstract reason – that is, reason divorced from experience.

Amit Kalantri

Reading doesn't mean accepting everything you read, it means reasoning everything you read.

Brandon Villasenor

She was the reason I started to write but her beauty is kept me writing.

Paul Hoffman

It is not against reason, said the Englishman, to prefer the destruction of the world to a scratch on your finger – how much easier to understand the same price for the gash in your soul.

Anthony Liccione

Some people are severely lonely, all they can do is accept the single life as an
Some people are severely lonely, all they can do is accept the single life as an example of being free and happy.

Amit Kalantri

Resources are hired to give results, not reasons.

Ram Mohan

Not everyone who commits a crime is a criminal.

Michael Bassey Johnson

Your ultimate reason for staying in this crooked world is not to imitate its devastating physique, but trying do something about its ugly appearance.

Thea Harrison

You can have all the right reasons in the world. They don’t mean shit, my friend, if what you do causes harm.

Dejan Stojanovic

When magic through nerves and reason passes,
Imagination, force, and passion will thunder.
The portrait of the world is changed.


For he who lives as passion directs will not hear argument that dissuades him, nor understand it if he does; and how can we persuade one in such a state to change his ways?

Ayn Rand

Politically, the goal of today’s dominant trend
is statism.
Philosophically, the goal is the
obliteration of reason;
psychologically, it is the
erosion of ambition.

Simon Blackburn

People who have cut their teeth on philosophical problems of rationality, knowledge, perception, free will and other minds are well placed to think better about problems of evidence, decision making, responsibility and ethics that life throws up.

Robert Fripp

In strange and uncertain times such as those we are living in, sometimes a reasonable person might despair. But hope is unreasonable and love is greater even than this. May we trust the inexpressible benevolence of the creative impulse.

Filippo Bologna

So there are countless reasons to remain on this Godforsaken planet that was long considered the only world, if for no other reason than to learn the end of our story: what the author of our lives has not yet taken the trouble to finish.

Haruki Murakami

You know, Junpei, everything in the world has its reasons for doing what it does.

Ally Condie

I know which life is my real one now, no matter what happens. It’s the one with you. For some reason, knowing that even one person knows my story makes things different. Maybe it’s like the poem says. Maybe this is my way of not going gentle.
I love you. (Ky Markham)

Nina LaCour

You might be looking for reasons but there are no reasons.. Nina LaCour
You might be looking for reasons but there are no reasons.

Mike Gayle

I'm telling you this for one reason and one reason only: No matter how sure you are of someone's love, it's always nice to hear it.

Carl Sagan

The nuclear arms race is like two sworn enemies standing waist deep in gasoline, one with
The nuclear arms race is like two sworn enemies standing waist deep in gasoline, one with three matches, the other with five.

Bill Watterson

If you can't win by reason, go for volume.

Leo Tolstoy

If we admit that human life can be ruled by reason, then all possibility of life is destroyed.

Emil Cioran

The fact that life has no meaning is a reason to live -moreover, the only one.

George Gordon Byron

Those who will not reason, are bigots, those who cannot, are fools, and those who dare not, are slaves.

Anthony C. Grayling

Middle age has been defined as what happens when a person's broad mind and narrow waist change places.

Alain De Botton

Feeling lost, crazy and desperate belongs to a good life as much as optimism, certainty and reason.

Khaled Hosseini

Behind every trial and sorrow that He makes us shoulder, God has a reason.

Marcus Aurelius

Never let the future disturb you. You will meet it, if you have to, with the same weapons of reason which today arm you against the present.

Miguel De Unamuno

At times to be silent is to lie. You will win because you have enough brute force. But you will not convince. For to convince you need to persuade. And in order to persuade you would need what you lack: Reason and Right

Pope John Paul II

Faith and Reason are like two wings of the human spirit by which is soars to the truth.

Jane Austen

Every impulse of feeling should be guided by reason; and, in my opinion, exertion should always be in proportion to what is required.

Percy Bysshe Shelley

In fact, the truth cannot be communicated until it is perceived.

Toba Beta

If I lie about truth which you will know somehow later,
then you would call me a liar. But If you're willing to dig
further about truth that force me do it, then you would
understand my reason. But you wouldn't acknowledge it.

Bo Bennett

For every good reason there is to lie, there is a better reason to tell the truth

Maurice Blondel

The relationship between truth and reason:
"Truth cannot be reached by reason alone!

Brittany DeLaBarrera

You can't be spontaneous within reason.

Pope John Paul II

It must not be forgotten that reason too needs to be sustained in all its searching by trusting dialogue and sincere friendship. A climate of suspicion and distrust, which can beset speculative research, ignores the teaching of the ancient philosophers who proposed friendship as one of the most appropriate contexts for sound philosophical enquiry.

Charles Darwin

We are not here concerned with hopes or fears, only with truth as far as our reason permits us to discover it.

David Hume

Reason is, and ought only to be the slave of the passions.

Peter Kreeft

We can't avoid reasoning; we can only avoid doing it well.

Karl Popper

No rational argument will have a rational effect on a man who does not want to adopt a rational attitude.

Martin Heidegger

Thinking only begins at the point where we have come to know that Reason, glorified for centuries, is the most obstinate adversary of thinking.

Peter Singer

Were we incapable of empathy – of putting ourselves in the position of others and seeing that their suffering is like our own – then ethical reasoning would lead nowhere. If emotion without reason is blind, then reason without emotion is impotent.

Therese Doucet

Maybe I’m strange and perverse, but I’ve always thought there was something sexy about a compelling argument.

Ayn Rand

Congress shall make no law abridging the freedom of production and trade...

Ayn Rand

Aristotle may be regarded as the cultural barometer of Western history. Whenever his influence dominated the scene, it paved the way for one of history's brilliant eras; whenever it fell, so did mankind.

Ayn Rand

Definitions are the guardians of rationality, the first line of defense against the chaos of mental disintegration.

Ilyas Kassam

Logic in all its infinite potential, is the most dangerous of vices. For one can always find some form of logic to justify his action, and rest comfortably in the assurance, that what he did abides by reason. That is why, for us brittle beings, Intention is the only true weapon of peace.

Mitch Stokes

To question reason is to trust it.

Carl Lotus Becker

Reason may be employed to support faith as well as to destroy it.


So it follows that those who have reason have freedom to will or not to will, although this freedom is not equal in all of them. [...] human souls are more free when they persevere in the contemplation of the mind of God, less free when they descend to the corporeal, and even less free when they are entirely imprisoned in earthly flesh and blood.

Peter Prange

The Encyclopedia-the advance artillery of reason, the armada of philosophy, the siege engine of the enlightenment...

Kedar Joshi

God is a philosophical black hole – the point where reason breaks down.

Blaise Pascal

Δύο υπερβολές : ν' αποκλείουμε το Λόγο, και να μη δεχόμαστε παρά μόνο το Λόγο.


I know how men in exile feed on dreams of hope.


This only is denied to God: the power to undo the past.

Robert Zaretsky

Rousseau identified reason as the disease for which it pretended to be the cure.

Aniekee Tochukwu

Blessed are the doubters: for they shall not be easily fooled.. Aniekee Tochukwu
Blessed are the doubters: for they shall not be easily fooled.

David Hume

In our reasonings concerning matter of fact, there are all imaginable degrees of assurance, from the highest certainty to the lowest species of moral evidence. A wise man, therefore, proportions his belief to the evidence.

Chris Galford

Even corpses had purpose, or could be given one. A man could make himself an island his entire life, only to have reason itself laid about him, a fabricated existence. Identity became relative, history nonexistent. As they said, dead men told no tales.

Galileo Galilei

I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who has endowed us with sense, reason, and intellect has intended us to forgo their use.

Christopher Hitchens

We owe a huge debt to Galileo for emancipating us all from the stupid belief in an Earth-centered or man-centered (let alone God-centered) system. He quite literally taught us our place and allowed us to go on to make extraordinary advances in knowledge.

Leo Tolstoy

He is not apprehended by reason, but by life.

Carl Lotus Becker

Reason is incompetent to answer any fundamental question about God, or morality, or the meaning of life.

John Lothrop Motley

The finger of the atheists' own divinity, Reason, wrote on the wall the appalling judgments that there is no God; that the universe is only matter in spontaneous motion; and, most grievous word of all, that what men call their souls die with the death of the body, as music dies when the strings are broken.

Edna St. Vincent Millay

Pity me that the heart is slow to learn
What the swift mind beholds at every turn.

Edgar Allan Poe

As a poet and as a mathematician, he would reason well; as a mere mathematician, he could not have reasoned at all.

Pierre-Jean De Béranger

Old age doth in sharp pains abound;
We are belabored by the gout,
Our blindness is a dark profound,
Our deafness each one laughs about.
Then reason's light with falling ray
Doth but a trembling flicker cast.
Honor to age, ye children pay!
Alas! my fifty years are past!

J.K. Rowling

I mean, you could claim that anything's real if the only basis for believing in it is that nobody's proved it doesn't exist!

Immanuel Kant

All our knowledge begins with the senses, proceeds then to the understanding, and ends with reason. There is nothing higher than reason.

Stacey Jay

But maybe that isn't possible. Maybe the mind of the majority is always the healthy mind, simply by virtue of its numbers. Maybe it's the definition of madness to believe I'm right and everyone else if wrong, to find my thoughts rational and reasonable when almost the entire world finds them damaged and flawed.

Robert G. Ingersoll

I admit that reason is a small and feeble flame, a flickering torch by stumblers carried in the star-less night, - blown and flared by passion's storm, - and yet, it is the only light. Extinguish that, and nought remains.

Ludwig Feuerbach

The power of thought is the light of knowledge, the power of will is the energy of character, the power of heart is love. Reason, love and power of will are perfections of man.

André Maurois

One might have said that reason made him flee from reason.

Sam Harris

Theology is ignorance with wings.

Delos McKown

The invisible and the non-existent look very much alike.

Sam Harris

Man is manifestly not the measure of all things. This universe is shot through with mystery. The very fact of its being, and of our own, is a mystery absolute, and the only miracle worthy of the name.

Sam Harris

We know enough at this moment to say that the God of Abraham is not only unworthy of the immensity of creation; he is unworthy even of man.

Martin Luther

Reason is a whore, the greatest enemy that faith has; it never comes to the aid of spiritual things, but more frequently than not struggles against the divine Word, treating with contempt all that emanates from God.

Blaise Pascal

If we submit everything to reason our religion will be left with nothing mysterious or supernatural. If we offend the principles of reason our religion will be absurd and ridiculous . . . There are two equally dangerous extremes: to exclude reason, to admit nothing but reason.

Friedrich Nietzsche

Fanatics are picturesque, mankind would rather see gestures than listen to reasons.

James L. Sutter

Religion doesn't just cloud our minds. It asks us to deliberately deceive ourselves- to replace reason with its opposite, faith. And when men operate on faith, they can no longer be reasoned with, which makes them more dangerous than any sane man, good or evil.

David Hume

Here then we are first to consider a book, presented to us by a barbarous and ignorant people, written in an age when they were still more barbarous, and in all probability long after the facts which it relates, corroborated by no concurring testimony, and resembling those fabulous accounts, which every nation gives of its origin.

Norman G. Finkelstein

Conversion and zealotry, just like revelation and apostasy, are flip sides of the same coin, the currency of a political culture having more in common with religion than rational discourse.

Sam Harris

Faith is the mortar that fills the cracks in the evidence and the gaps in the logic, and thus it is faith that keeps the whole terrible edifice of religious certainty still looming dangerously over our world.

Martin Amis

Religious belief is without reason and without dignity, and its record is near-universally dreadful.

Georges Bataille

I have not meant to express my thought but to help you clarify what you yourself think...
You are not any more different from me than your right leg is from your left, but what joins us is THE SLEEP OF REASON - WHICH PRODUCES MONSTERS.

- Theory of Religion

Amit Kalantri

If the reason of your sleeplessness is competition, then you will make a successful businessman.

Scott Hahn

Faith and reason are indeed complementary faculties that we use to think about the truth. When any winged creature (or mechanism) tries to fly on just one wing, it falls to the ground. In a similar way, when we human beings try to wing it with just one faculty, we crash.

Roger Zelazny

When inspiration is silent reason tires quickly.


A poet, you see, is a light thing, and winged and holy, and cannot compose before he gets inspiration and loses control of his senses and his reason has deserted him.

Rob Liano

Motivation is desire or inspiration.
A motive is a reason. What's your reason?

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