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Subdue By force, who reason for their law refuse, Right reason for their law.

John Milton Quotes , Source: Paradise Lost (bk. VI, l. 40)

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Indu'd With sanctity of reason.

John Milton Quotes , Source: Paradise Lost (bk. VII, l. 507)

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All extremes does perfect reason flee, And wishes to be wise quite soberly. [Fr., La parfaite raison fuit toute extremite, Et veut que l'on soit sage avec sobriete.]

Jean Baptiste Poquelin Moliere Quotes , Source: Le Misanthrope (I, 1)

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But it is not reason that governs love. [Fr., Mais la raison n'est pas ce qui regle l'amour.]

Jean Baptiste Poquelin Moliere Quotes , Source: Le Misanthrope (I, 1)

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He who establishes his argument by noise and command shows that his reason is weak.

Jean Baptiste Poquelin Moliere Quotes , Source: Le Misanthrope (I, 1)

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Say first, of God above or man below, What can we reason but from what we know?

Alexander Pope Quotes , Source: Essay on Man (ep. I, l. 17)

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Reason, however able, cool at best, Cares not for service, or but serves when prest, Stays till we call, and then not often near.

Alexander Pope Quotes , Source: Essay on Man (ep. III, l. 85)

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All is but a jest, all dust, all not worth two peason: For why in man's matters is neither rime nor reason. [Lat., Omnia sunt risus, sunt pulvis, et omnia nil sunt: Res hominum cunctae, nam ratione lies.]

Puttenham Quotes , Source: Arte of English Poesie (p. 125), attributed by him to Democritus

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For comic writers charge Socrates with making the worse appear the better reason. [Lat., Nam et Socrati objiciunt comici, docere eum quomodo pejorem causam meliorem faciat.]

Quintilian (Marcus Fabius Quintilian) Quotes , Source: De Institutione Oratoria (II, 17)

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Nothing can be lasting when reason does not rule. [Lat., Nihil potest esse diuturnum cui non subest ratio.]

Quintus Curtius Rufus (Curtis Rufus Quintus) Quotes , Source: De Rebus Gestis Alexandri Magni (IV, 14, 19)

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This is our chief bane, that we live not according to the light of reason, but after the fashion of others. [Lat., Id nobis maxime nocet, quod non ad rationis lumen sed ad similitudinem aliorum vivimus.]

Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca) Quotes , Source: Octavia (act II, 454)

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Reason obeys itself; and ignorance submits to whatever is dictated to it.

Thomas Paine Quotes

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Let reason govern desire.

Marcus T. Cicero Quotes

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I'll not listen to reason. . . . Reason always means what someone else has got to say.

Elizabeth Gaskell Quotes

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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.

D. H. Lawrence Quotes

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The more reason, the less government.

Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes

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

Soren F. Petersen Quotes

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There is no reason to repeat bad history.

Eleanor Holmes Norton Quotes

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Reason is a harmonizing, controlling force rather than a creative one.

Bertrand Russell Quotes

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Eloquence may set fire to reason.

Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. Quotes

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A noble heart will always capitulate to reason.

Johann Friedrich Von Schiller Quotes

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If we would guide by the light of reason we must let our minds be bold.

Louis Brandeis Quotes

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Reason is the test of ridicule, not ridicule the test of truth.

William Warburton Quotes

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Reason can in general do more than blind force.

Gallus Quotes

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Most of our so-called reasoning consists in finding arguments for going on believing as we already do.

James Robinson Quotes

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