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No doubt the testimony of natural reason, on whatever exercised, must, of necessity, stop short of those truths which it is the object of revelation to make known; still it places the existence and personal attributes of the Deity on such grounds as to render doubts absurd and atheism ridiculous.
      - Sir John Frederick William Herschel, 1st Baronet Herschel

Reason gains all men by compelling none.
      - Aaron Hill

Setting themselves against reason, as often as reason is against them.
      - Thomas Hobbes, Works (III, p. 91),
        (ed. 1839)

Reason is the director of man's will, discovering in action what is good; for the jaws of well-doing are the dictates of right reason.
      - Richard Hooker

Accurate and just reasoning is the only catholic remedy, fitted for all persons and all dispositions; and is alone able to subvert that abstruse philosophy and metaphysical jargon, which, being mixed up with popular superstition, renders it in a manner impenetrable to careless reasoners, and gives it the air of science and wisdom.
      - David Hume

Any person seasoned with a just sense of the imperfections of natural reason, will fly to revealed truth with the greatest avidity.
      - David Hume

If I go to heaven I want to take my reason with me.
      - Robert Green Ingersoll

To argue with a man who has renounced his reason is like giving medicine to the dead.
      - Robert Green Ingersoll

In a republican nation, whose citizens are to be led by reason and persuasion and not by force, the art of reasoning becomes of first importance.
      - Thomas Jefferson

It is not from reason and prudence that people marry, but from inclination.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

Reason and truth will prevail at last.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

Reason elevates our thoughts as high as the stars, and leads us through the vast space of this mighty fabric; yet it comes far short of the real extent of our corporeal being.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

Reason the hoary dotard's dull directress,
  That loses all, because she hazards nothing;
    Reason! the tim'rous pilot, that, to shun
      The rocks of life, forever flies the port.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

Reason will by degrees submit to absurdity, as the eye is in time accommodated to darkness.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

Sir, you are giving a reason for it; but that will not make it right. You may have a reason why two and two should make five; but they will still make but four.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

I do not call reason that brutal reason which crushes with its weight what is holy and sacred, that malignant reason which delights in the errors it succeeds in discovering, that unfeeling and scornful reason which insults credulity.
      - Joseph Joubert

Reason is a bee, and exists only on what it makes; his usefulness takes the place of beauty.
      - Joseph Joubert

Some persons there are who intellectually are reasonable enough, but whose life is quite irrational; and there are, on the other hand, those whose life is rational, and whose minds are devoid of reason.
      - Joseph Joubert

I will it, I order it, let my will stand for a reason.
  [Lat., Hoc volo, sic jubeo, sit pro ratione voluntas.]
      - Juvenal (Decimus Junius Juvenal), Satires
         (VI, 223)

Reason does not work instinctively, but requires trial, practice, and instruction in order to gradually progress from one level of insight to another.
      - Immanuel Kant

You have ravished me away by a Power I cannot resist; and yet I could resist till I saw you; and even since I have seen you I endeavored often "to reason against the reasons of my Love."
      - John Keats (1), Letters to Fanny Braune

The reasoning of the strongest is always the best.
  [Fr., La raison du plus fort est toujours la meilleure.]
      - Jean de la Fontaine, Fables (I, 10)

He is not a reasonable man who by chance stumbles upon reason, but he who derives it from knowledge, from discernment, and from taste.
      - Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld

There is no opposing brutal force to the stratagems of human reason.
      - Sir Roger L'Estrange

Every sect, as far as reason will help them, gladly use it; when it fails them, they cry out it is a matter of faith, and above reason.
      - John Locke (1)

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