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Reasons are not like garments, the worse for wearing.
      - Robert Devereux, 2nd Earl of Essex,
        said to Lord Willoughby, Jan. 4, 1598-9

Aristophanes turns Socrates into ridicule . . . as making the worse appear the better reason.
      - Laertius Diogenes, Socrates (V)

He that will not reason is a bigot, he that cannot reason is a fool, and he that dares not reason is a slave.
      - William Drummond (1)

He who will not reason, is a bigot; he who cannot is a fool; and he who dares not, is a slave.
      - Sir William Drummond (2),
        Academical Question (end of preface)

Reason was given to curb our headstrong will,
  And yet but shows a weak physician's skill;
    Gives nothing while the raging fit doth last,
      But stays to cure it when the worst is past;
        Reason's a staff for age, when nature's gone,
          But youth is strong enough to walk alone.
      - John Dryden

But for tradition, we walk evermore to higher paths by brightening reason's lamp.
      - George Eliot (pseudonym of Mary Ann Evans Cross)

Two angels guide
  The path of man, both aged and yet young.
    As angels are, ripening through endless years,
      On one he leans: some call her Memory,
        And some Tradition; and her voice is sweet,
          With deep mysterious accords: the other,
            Floating above, holds down a lamp with streams
              A light divine and searching on the earth,
                Compelling eyes and footsteps. Memory yields,
                  Yet clings with loving check, and shines anew,
                    Reflecting all the rays of that bright lamp
                      Our angel Reason holds. We had not walked
                        But for Tradition; we walk evermore
                          To higher paths by brightening Reason's lamp.
      - George Eliot (pseudonym of Mary Ann Evans Cross),
        The Spanish Gypsy (bk. II)

Man is not the prince of creatures,
  But in reason; fail that, he is worse
    Than horse or dog, or beast of wilderness.
      - Eugene Field

Neither great poverty nor great riches will hear reason.
      - Henry Fielding

There are those who never reason on what they should do, but what they have done; as if Reason had her eyes behind, and could only see backwards.
      - Henry Fielding

All reasoning is retrospect; it consists in the application of facts and principles previously known. This will show the very great importance of knowledge, especially that kind which is called experience.
      - John Foster (1)

Polished steel will not shine in the dark; no more can reason, however refined, shine efficaciously, but as it reflects the light of Divine truth, shed from heaven.
      - John Foster (1)

Fragile as reason is and limited as law is as the institutionalized medium of reason, that's all we have standing between us and the tyranny of mere will and the cruelty of unbridled, undisciplined feeling.
      - Justice Felix Frankfurter

Hear reason, or she'll make you feel her.
      - Benjamin Franklin

If you will not hear Reason, she will surely rap your knuckles.
      - Benjamin Franklin

Men possessed with an idea cannot be reasoned with.
      - James Anthony Froude

Reasons are the pillars of the fabric of a sermon, but similitudes are the windows which give the best light.
      - Thomas Fuller (1)

But where the senses fail us, reason must step in.
      - Galilei Galileo

Reason can in general do more than blind force.
      - Caius Cornelius Gallus

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.
      - Thomas Gisborne

Let us not dream that reason can ever be popular. Passions, emotions, may be made popular; but reason remains ever the property of an elect few.
      - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Sound and sufficient reason falls, after all, to the share of but few men, and those few men exert their influence in silence.
      - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

The thread and train of consequences in intellective ratiocination is often long, and chained together by divers links, which cannot be done in imaginative ratiocination, by some attributed to brutes.
      - Sir Matthew Hale

In what we really understand, we reason but little.
      - William Hazlitt (1)

Reason exercises merely the function of preserving order, is, so to say, the police in the region of art. In life it is mostly a cold arithmetician summing up our follies.
      - Heinrich Heine

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