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[ Also see Argument Cause Common Sense Consideration Consistency Emotion Head Impulse Instinct Intellect Intelligence Judgment Justification Logic Mathematics Mind Motive Natural Law Persuasion Philosophy Psychology Reasonableness Science Sense Senses Sentiment Soul Thought Unreasonableness Wisdom ]

He that takes away reason to make way for revelation puts out the light of both, and does much the same as if he would persuade a man to put out his eyes, the better to receive the remote light of an invisible star by a telescope.
      - John Locke (1)

To be rational is so glorious a thing, that two-legged creatures generally content themselves with the title.
      - John Locke (1),
        Letter to Antony Collins, Esq.

An appeal to the reason of the people has never been known to fail in the long run.
      - James Russell Lowell

It is curious how tyrannical the habit of reasoning is.
      - James Russell Lowell

Human reason is like a drunken man on horseback; set it up on one side, and it tumbles over on the other.
      - Martin Luther

Reason is the enemy of faith.
      - Martin Luther

Human reason needs only to will more strongly than fate, and she is fate.
      - Thomas Mann

The philosophy of reasoning, to be complete, ought to comprise the theory of bad as well as of good reasoning.
      - John Stuart Mill

Indued with sanctity of reason.
      - John Milton

But all was false and hollow; though his tongue
  Dropt manna, and could make the worse appear
    The better reason, to perplex and dash
      Maturest counsels.
      - John Milton, Paradise Lost
         (bk. II, l. 112)

  By force, who reason for their law refuse,
    Right reason for their law.
      - John Milton, Paradise Lost (bk. VI, l. 40)

  With sanctity of reason.
      - John Milton, Paradise Lost
         (bk. VII, l. 507)

All extremes does perfect reason flee,
  And wishes to be wise quite soberly.
    [Fr., La parfaite raison fuit toute extremite,
      Et veut que l'on soit sage avec sobriete.]
      - Moliere (pseudonym of Jean Baptiste Poquelin),
        Le Misanthrope (I, 1)

But it is not reason that governs love.
  [Fr., Mais la raison n'est pas ce qui regle l'amour.]
      - Moliere (pseudonym of Jean Baptiste Poquelin),
        Le Misanthrope (I, 1)

He who establishes his argument by noise and command shows that his reason is weak.
      - Michel Eyquem de Montaigne

Yea, marry, now it is somewhat, for now it is rhyme; before it was neither rhyme nor reason.
      - Sir Thomas More,
        advising an author to put his manuscript into rhyme

Reason may cure illusions, but not suffering.
      - Louis Charles Alfred de Musset

Reason ought not, like vanity, to adorn herself with ancient parchments, and the display of a genealogical tree; more dignified in her proceedings, and proud of her immortal nature, she ought to derive everything from herself.
      - Madame Suzanne Curchod Necker

What is reason now was passion heretofore.
      - Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso)

Reason obeys itself; and ignorance submits to whatever is dictated to it.
      - Thomas Paine

How different the reasoning is that men adopt when they are discussing the cases of men and those of women.
      - Emmeline Pankhurst

Reason's last step is the recognition that there are an infinite number of things which are beyond it.
      - Blaise Pascal

The authority of reason is far more imperious than that of a master; for he who disobeys the one is unhappy, but he who disobeys the other is a fool.
      - Blaise Pascal

The weakness of human reason appears more evidently in those who know it not than in those who know it.
      - Blaise Pascal

Reason raise o'er instinct as you can,
  In this 'tis God directs, in that 'tis man.
      - Alexander Pope

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