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Man is not only a contributory creature, but a total creature; he does not only make one, but he is all; he is not a piece of the world, but the world itself; and next to the glory of God, the reason why there is a world.

- Donne, John
When desire, having rejected reason and overpowered judgment which leads to right, is set in the direction of the pleasure which beauty can inspire . . .

- Socrates
We don't ask a flower any special reason for its existence. We just look at it and are able to accept it as being something different from ourselves.

- Gwendolyn Brooks
For undemocratic reasons and for motives not of State, they arrive at their conclusions -- largely inarticulate. Being void of self-expression they confide their views to none; but sometimes in a smoking room, one learns why things were done.

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

- Morrison, Toni
Why don't you want to do what you know you should do? The reason you don't is that you're in conflict with yourself.

- Hopkins, Tom
Reason lies between the bridle and the spur.

- Proverb, Italian
The only reason there isn't life on other planets is because their scientists were more advanced than ours.

- Rod Wensley
You can do what you want to do, accomplish what you want to accomplish, attain any reasonable objective you may have in mind -- not all of a sudden, perhaps not in one swift and sweeping act of achievement -- but you can do it gradually, day by day and play by play, if you want to do it, if you work to do it, over a sufficiently long period of time.

- Holler, William E.
Matter and impertinency mix'd! Reason in madness!

- William Shakespeare
This I do know beyond any reasonable doubt. Regardless of what you are doing, if you pump long enough, hard enough and enthusiastically enough, sooner or later the effort will bring forth the reward.

- Zig Ziglar
It is bad to be oppressed by a minority, but it is worse to be oppressed by a majority. For there is a reserve of latent power in the masses which, if it is called into play, the minority can seldom resist. But from the absolute will of an entire people there is no appeal, no redemption, no refuge but treason.

- Lord Acton
FIB, n. A lie that has not cut its teeth. An habitual liar's nearest approach to truth: the perigee of his eccentric orbit. When David said: "All men are liars," Dave, Himself a liar, fibbed like any thief. Perhaps he thought to weaken disbelief By proof that even himself was not a slave To Truth; though I suspect the aged knave Had been of all her servitors the chief Had he but known a fig's reluctant leaf Is more than e'er she wore on land or wave. No, David served not Naked Truth when he Struck that sledge-hammer blow at all his race; Nor did he hit the nail upon the head: For reason shows that it could never be, And the facts contradict him to his face. Men are not liars all, for some are dead. Bartle Quinker

- Ambrose Bierce
Next to reasoning, the greatest handicap to the optimum development of Man lies in the fact that this planet is just barely habitable. Its minimum temperatures are too low, and its maximum temperatures too high. Its day is not long enough, and its night is too long. The disposition of its water and earth is distinctly unfortunate (the existence of the Mediterranean Sea in the place where we find it is perhaps the unhappiest accident in the whole firmament). These factors encourage depression, fear, war, and lack of vitality. They describe a planet, which is by no means perfectly devised for the nurturing or for the perpetuation of a higher intelligence.

- Thurber, James
You are only as strong as your purpose, therefore let us choose reasons to act that are big bold righteous and eternal.

- Munro, Barry
Errors of opinion may be tolerated where reason is left free to combat it.

- Jefferson, Thomas
The most spiritual human beings, assuming they are the most courageous, also experience by far the most painful tragedies: but it is precisely for this reason that they honor life, because it brings against them its most formidable weapons.

- Nietzsche, Friedrich
That proves you are unusual, returned the Scarecrow; and I am convinced the only people worthy of consideration in this world are the unusual ones. For the common folks are like the leaves of a tree, and live and die unnoticed.

- Baum, Lyman Frank
Reason should direct and appetite obey.

- Cicero
There are few things reason can discover with so much certainty and ease as its own insufficiency.

- Jeremy Collier



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