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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 ]

Say first, of God above or man below,
  What can we reason but from what we know?
      - Alexander Pope, Essay on Man
         (ep. I, l. 17)

Reason, however able, cool at best,
  Cares not for service, or but serves when prest,
    Stays till we call, and then not often near.
      - Alexander Pope, Essay on Man
         (ep. III, l. 85)

Who reasons wisely is not therefore wise;
  His pride in reasoning, not in acting lies.
      - Alexander Pope, Moral Essays
         (ep. 1, l. 117)

Reason lies between bridle and spur.
      - Proverb, (Italian)

All is but a jest, all dust, all not worth two peason:
  For why in man's matters is neither rime nor reason.
    [Lat., Omnia sunt risus, sunt pulvis, et omnia nil sunt:
      Res hominum cunctae, nam ratione lies.]
      - Richard Puttenham, Arte of English Poesie
         (p. 125), attributed by him to Democritus

Reason can discover things only near,--sees nothing that's above her.
      - Francis Quarles

The way to subject all things to thyself is to subject thyself to reason; thou shalt govern many, if reason govern thee. Wouldst thou be crowned the monarch of a little world? command thyself.
      - Francis Quarles

For comic writers charge Socrates with making the worse appear the better reason.
  [Lat., Nam et Socrati objiciunt comici, docere eum quomodo pejorem causam meliorem faciat.]
      - Quintilian (Marcus Fabius Quintilianus),
        De Institutione Oratoria (II, 17)

We love without reason, and without reason we hate.
  [Fr., On aime sans raison, et sans raison l'on hait.]
      - Jean Francois Regnard,
        Les Folies Amoureuses

Reason is an historian, but the passions are actors.
      - Antoine de Rivarol, Comte de Rivarol

Most of our so-called reasoning consists in finding arguments for going on believing as we already do.
      - James Harvey Robinson

Nothing can be lasting when reason does not rule.
  [Lat., Nihil potest esse diuturnum cui non subest ratio.]
      - Quintus Curtius Rufus (Curtis Rufus Quintus),
        De Rebus Gestis Alexandri Magni
         (IV, 14, 19)

There is a just Latin axiom, that he who seeks a reason for everything subverts reason.
      - Epes Sargent

He that follows the advice of reason has a mind that is elevated above the reach of injury; that sits above the clouds, in a calm and quiet ether, and with a brave indifferency hears the rolling thunders grumble and burst under his feet.
      - Sir Walter Scott

Those who follow the banners of Reason are like the well-disciplined battalions which, wearing a more sober uniform and making a less dazzling show than the light troops commanded by Imagination, enjoy more safety, and even more honor, in the conflicts of human life.
      - Sir Walter Scott

When a man has not a good reason for doing a thing, he has one good reason for letting it alone.
      - Sir Walter Scott

When a man hasn't a good reason for doing a thing, he has a good reason for letting it alone.
      - Sir Walter Scott

Wouldst thou subject all things to thyself? Subject thyself to reason.
      - Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca)

This is our chief bane, that we live not according to the light of reason, but after the fashion of others.
  [Lat., Id nobis maxime nocet, quod non ad rationis lumen sed ad similitudinem aliorum vivimus.]
      - Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca), Octavia
         (act II, 454)

Every why hath a wherefore.
      - William Shakespeare

Love reasons without reason.
      - William Shakespeare

Sure he that made us with such large discourse,
  Looking before and after, gave us not
    That capability and godlike reason
      To fust in us unused.
      - William Shakespeare,
        Hamlet Prince of Denmark
         (Hamlet at IV, iv)

Good reasons must of force give place to better.
      - William Shakespeare, Julius Caesar
         (Brutus at IV, iii)

But since the affairs of men rests still incertain,
  Let's reason with the worst that may befall.
      - William Shakespeare, Julius Caesar
         (Cassius at V, i)

Give you a reason on compulsion? If reasons were as plentiful as blackberries, I would give no man a reason upon compulsion, I.
      - William Shakespeare,
        King Henry the Fourth, Part I
         (Falstaff at II, iv)


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