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Ay, sir, and wherefore; for they say every why hath a wherefore.
      - William Shakespeare, The Comedy of Errors
         (Dromio of Syracuse at II, ii)

Was there ever any man thus beaten out of season,
  When in the why and the wherefore is neither rime nor reason?
      - William Shakespeare, The Comedy of Errors
         (Dromio of Syracuse at II, ii)

Strong reasons make strange actions.
      - William Shakespeare,
        The Life and Death of King John
         (Lewis at III, iv)

His reasons are as two grains of wheat hid in two bushels of chaff: you shall seek all day ere you find them, when you have them they are not worth the search.
      - William Shakespeare,
        The Merchant of Venice
         (Bassanio at I, i)

I have no other but a woman's reason:
  I think him so because I think him so.
      - William Shakespeare,
        The Two Gentlemen of Verona
         (Lucetta at I, ii)

The man who listens to Reason is lost: Reason enslaves all whose minds are not strong enough to master her.
      - George Bernard Shaw, Man and Superman

Reason respects the differences, and imagination the similitudes of things.
      - Percy Bysshe Shelley

Reason cannot show itself more reasonable than to cease reasoning on things above reason.
      - Sir Philip Sidney (Sydney)

Reason! how many eyes hast thou to see evils, and how dim, nay, blind, thou art in preventing them.
      - Sir Philip Sidney (Sydney)

Remember always, that man is a creature whose reason is often darkened with error.
      - Sir Philip Sidney (Sydney)

Revelation may not need the help of reason, but man does, even when in possession of revelation. Reason may be described as the candle in the man's hand, to which revelation brings the necessary flame.
      - William Gilmore Simms

The soul is cured of its maladies by certain incantations; these incantations are beautiful reasons, from which temperance is generated in souls.
      - Socrates

Let cavillers deny,
  That brutes have reason; sure 'tis something more,
    'Tis heaven directs, and stratagems inspires
      Beyond the short extent of human thought.
      - William C. Somerville

Though reason is not to be relied upon as universally sufficient to direct us what to do, yet it is generally to be relied upon and obeyed where it tells us what we are not to do.
      - Bishop Robert South

Without an helm or pilot her to sway;
  Full sad and dreadful is that ship's event,
    So is the man that wants intendiment.
      - Edmund Spenser

The division between faith and reason is a half-measure, till it is frankly admitted that faith has to do with fiction, and reason with fact.
      - Sir Leslie Stephen

An idle reason lessens the weight of the good ones you gave before.
      - Jonathan Swift

How often do we contradict the right rules of reason in the whole course of our lives! Reason itself is true and just, but the reason of every particular man is weak and wavering, perpetually swayed and turned by his interests, his passions, and his vices.
      - Jonathan Swift

Reason is a very light rider, and easily shook off.
      - Jonathan Swift

He that speaketh against his own reason speaks against his own conscience, and therefore it is certain no man serves God with a good conscience who serves Him against his reason.
      - Jeremy Taylor

If reason justly contradicts an article, it is not of the household of faith.
      - Jeremy Taylor

While Reason drew the plan, the Heart inform'd
  The moral page and Fancy lent it grace.
      - James Thomson (1), Liberty
         (pt. IV, l. 262)

One can never repeat too often, that reason, as it exists in man, is only our intellectual eye, and that, like the eye, to see, it needs light,--to see clearly and far, it needs the light of Heaven.
      - Unknown

Many are destined to reason wrongly; others, not to reason at all; and others, to persecute those who do reason.
      - Voltaire (Francois Marie Arouet Voltaire)

Reason consists in constantly perceiving things as they really are.
      - Voltaire (Francois Marie Arouet Voltaire)

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