Quotes for: reason
Truth prevails only to the extent that we successfully assert it. The victory of reason can only be the victory of rational people.
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The weakness of human reason appears more evidently in those who know it not, than in those who know it.
Good sense is, of all things among men, the most equally distributed; for every one thinks himself so abundantly provided with it, that those even who are the most difficult to satisfy in everything else, do not usually desire a larger measure of this quality than they already possess. And in this it is not likely that all are mistaken: the conviction is rather to be held as testifying that the power of judging aright and of distinguishing truth from error, which is properly what is called good sense or reason, is by nature equal in all men; and that the diversity of our opinions, consequently, does not arise from some being endowed with a larger share of reason than others, but solely from this, that we conduct our thoughts along different ways, and do not fix our attention on the same objects. For to be possessed of a vigorous mind is not enough; the prime requisite is rightly to apply it.
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Whatsoever is contrary to nature is contrary to reason, and whatsoever is contrary to reason is absurd.
Reason is, and ought only to be the slave of the passions, and can never pretend to any other office than to serve and obey them.
Reason is a harmonising, controlling force rather than a creative one. Even in the most purely logical realms, it is insight that first arrives at what is new.
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