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Reason gains all people by compelling none.

Author: Aaron Hill (1685-1750)

Profession: British Dramatist

Nothing is divine but what is agreeable to reason.

Author: Immanuel Kant (1724-1804)

Profession: German Philosopher

Reason is a supple nymph, and slippery as a fish by nature. She had as leave give her kiss to an absurdity any day, as to syllogistic truth. The absurdity may turn out truer.

Author: D. H. Lawrence (1885-1930)

Profession: British Author

Reason now gazes above the realm of the dark but warm feelings as the Alpine peaks do above the clouds. They behold the sun more clearly and distinctly, but they are cold and unfruitful.

Author: Georg C. Lichtenberg (1742-1799)

Profession: German Physicist, Satirist

It takes less time to do a thing right than to explain why you did it wrong.

Author: Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1819-1892)

Profession: American Poet

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

Author: James Russell Lowell (1819-1891)

Profession: American Poet, Critic, Editor

Reason is a whore, the greatest enemy that faith has.

Author: Martin Luther (1483-1546)

Profession: German Leader of the Protestant Reformation

Our reason may prove what it will: our reason is only a feeble ray that has issued from Nature.

Author: Maurice Maeterlinck (1862-1949)

Profession: Belgian Author

I prefer the company of peasants because they have not been educated sufficiently to reason incorrectly.

Author: Michel Eyquem De Montaigne (1533-1592)

Profession: French Philosopher, Essayist

A man always has two reasons for doing anything -- a good reason and the real reason.

Author: John Pierpont Morgan (1837-1913)

Profession: American Banker, Financier, Art Collector

There is really nothing more to say except why. But since why is difficult to handle, one must take refuge in how.

Author: Toni Morrison (1931)

Profession: African-American Novelist

He who has a strong enough why can bear almost any how.

Author: Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900)

Profession: German Philosopher

What is now reason was formerly impulse or instinct.

Author: Ovid

Profession: Roman Poet

Most of us, when all is said and done, like what we like and make up reasons for it afterwards.

Author: Soren F. Petersen


Whenever a person strives, by the help of dialectic, to start in pursuit of every reality by a simple process of reason, independent of all sensuous information -- never flinching, until by an act of the pure intelligence he has grasped the real nature of good -- he arrives at the very end of the intellectual world.

Author: Plato

Profession: Greek Philosopher