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Thomas PaineTo argue with a person who has renounced the use of reason is like administering medicine to the dead.

—  Thomas Paine, 1737-1809, English-American writer

AristotleAll men are mortal. Socrates is a man. Therefore Socrates is mortal.

—  Aristotle, 384-322 BC, Ancient Greek philosopher

Christopher HitchensElementary rules of logic: extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence and what can be asserted without evidence can also be dismissed without evidence.

—  Christopher Hitchens, 1949-2011, British-American journalist & writer

NapoleonThe greater the man, the less is he opinionative, he depends upon events and circumstances.

—  Napoleon, 1769-1821, French Emperor

Blaise PascalReason's last step is the recognition that there are an infinite number of things which are beyond it.

—  Blaise Pascal, 1623-1662, French thinker

Blaise PascalThe heart has its reasons which reason knows not.

—  Blaise Pascal, 1623-1662, French thinker

Immanuel KantAll our knowledge begins with the senses, proceeds then to the understanding, and ends with reason. There is nothing higher than reason.

—  Immanuel Kant, 1724-1804, German philosopher

Joseph RouxWe distrust our heart too much, and our head not enough.

—  Joseph Roux, 1834-1905, French clergyman & poet

Ayn RandI am not primarily an advocate of capitalism, but of egoism; and I am not primarily an advocate of egoism, but of reason.

—  Ayn Rand, 1905-1982, American writer & philosopher

John DrydenReason is a crutch for age, but youth is strong enough to walk alone.

—  John Dryden, 1631-1700, English poet

G. K. ChestertonBriefly, you can only find truth with logic if you have already found truth without it.

—  G. K. Chesterton, 1874-1936, English writer & critic

André GideOnly those things are beautiful which are inspired by madness and written by reason.

—  André Gide, 1869-1951, French writer, Nobel 1947

George SantayanaHabit is stronger than reason.

—  George Santayana, 1863-1952, Spanish-American philosopher

Peter DruckerProduction is not the application of tools to materials, but logic to work.

—  Peter Drucker, 1909–2005, Austrian management guru

Karl KrausKeep your passions in check, but beware of giving your reason free rein.

—  Karl Kraus, 1874-1936, Austrian writer

Anton ChekhovNothing can be accomplished by logic and ethics.

—  Anton Chekhov, 1860-1904, Russian writer

Zig ZiglarPeople don’t buy for logical reasons. They buy for emotional reasons.

—  Zig Ziglar, 1926-2012, American self-help writer

George Bernard ShawReason enslaves all whose minds are not strong enough to master her.

—  George Bernard Shaw, 1856-1950, Irish writer, Nobel 1925

EpicurusChance seldom interferes with the wise man; his greatest and highest interests have been, are, and will be, directed by reason throughout his whole life.

—  Epicurus, 341-270 BC, Ancient Greek philosopher

Movie Quotes

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (1939)Elementary, my dear Watson. Purely elementary.

—  from the film The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (1939)



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