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The voice of reason is more to be regarded than the bent of any present inclination; since inclination will at length come over to reason, though we can never force reason to comply with inclination.
      - Joseph Addison

Most geometricians, chemists, mathematicians and great scientists submit religion to reason only to discover a problem as unsolvable as that of squaring the circle.
      - Honore de Balzac

Reason shapes the future, but superstition infects the present.
      - Iain M. Banks

The proper work of man, the grand drift of human life, is to follow reason, that noble spark kindled in us from heaven.
      - Isaac Barrow

It is not necessary to retain facts that we may reason concerning them.
  [Fr., Il n'est pas necessaire de tenir les choses pour en raisonner.]
      - Pierre Auguste Caron de Beaumarchais,
        Barbier de Seville (V, 4)

Reason can tell how love affects us, but cannot tell what love is.
      - Henry Ward Beecher

Reason is a permanent blessing of God to the soul. Without it there can be no large religion.
      - Henry Ward Beecher

As reason is a rebel unto faith, so passion unto reason; as the propositions of faith seem absurd unto reason, so the theories of reason unto passion.
      - Sir Thomas Browne

Men live by intervals of reason under the sovereignty of humor and passion.
      - Sir Thomas Browne

Philosophers have done wisely when they have told us to cultivate our reason rather than our feelings, for reason reconciles us to the daily things of existence; our feelings teach us to yearn after the far, the difficult, the unseen.
      - Edward George Earle Lytton Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Baron Lytton

We are afraid to put men to live and trade each on his own private stock of reason; because we suspect that this stock in each man is small, and that the individuals would do better to avail themselves of the general bank and capital of nations and of ages.
      - Edmund Burke

The more you reason the less you create.
      - Raymond Chandler

In the matter of faith, we have the added weight of hope to that of reason in the convictions which we sustain relating to a future state.
      - Edwin Hubbell Chapin

Within the brain's most secret cells,
  A certain lord chief justice dwells,
    Of sov'reign power, whom one and all,
      With common voice we reason call.
      - Charles Churchill

Reason is as it were a light to lighten our steps and guide us through the journey of life.
      - Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) (often called "Tully" for short)

Reason is mistress and queen of all things.
      - Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) (often called "Tully" for short)

Wise men are instructed by reason; men of less understanding, by experience; the most ignorant, by necessity; and beasts, by nature.
      - Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) (often called "Tully" for short)

Reason is the mistress and queen of all things.
  [Lat., Domina omnium et regina ratio.]
      - Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) (often called "Tully" for short),
        Tusculanarum Disputationum (II, 21)

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

Reason is progressive; instinct, stationary. Five thousand years have added no improvement to the hive of the bee, nor the house of the beaver.
      - Charles Caleb Colton

Men do not often dare to avow, even to themselves, the slow progress reason has made in their minds; but they are ready to follow it if it is presented to them in a lively and striking manner, and forces them to recognize it.
      - Marquis de Condorcet, Marie Jean Antoine Nicholas de Caritat

Let our reason, and not our senses, be the rule of our conduct; for reason will teach us to think wisely, to speak prudently, and to behave worthily.
      - Confucius

  Precedes the will to think, and error lives
    Ere reason can be born. Reason, the power
      To guess at right and wrong, the twinkling lamp
        Of wand'ring life, that winks and wakes by turns
          Fooling the follower 'twixt shade and shining.
      - William Congreve

'Tis reason's part
  To govern and to guard the heart,
    To lull the wayward soul to rest,
      When hopes and fears distract the breast;
        Reason may calm this doubtful strife,
          And steer thy bark through various life.
      - Nathaniel Cotton

Clear-sighted reason, wisdom's judgment leads; and sense, her vassal, in her footsteps treads.
      - Sir John Denham

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