Quotation Explorer - 'Rational'

If you're rational you don't get to believe whatever you want to believe. - Michael Huemer
Art forms that appeal to [leftists] tend to focus on ... defeat and despair ... as if there were no hope of accomplishing anything through rational calculation. - Theodore J. Kaczynski
People who lean on logic and philosophy and rational exposition end by starving the best part of the mind. - W.B. Yeats
Maria, it sounds like he was insane. Rational people don't intentionally addict people. I feel sorry for those poor people who were unsuspecting victims. - Dianne Harman Cornered Coyote
For me, I think the greatest achievements of science is to allow humanity to realize that our world is comprehensible. Through science, rational thinking, we can understand how the universe works. - Jim Al-Khalili
There can be as much value in the blink of an eye as in months of rational analysis. - Malcolm Gladwell
Dare to exercise rational thinking. - Abhijit Naskar
When you are very rational, you may not be able to dream or live in a fairy tale. - Debasish Mridha
The Christian worldview, contra-postmodernism, understands language not as a Self-referential, merely human and ultimately arbitrary system of signs that is reducible to contingent cultural factors, but it has the gift of a rational God entrusted to beings made in his own image and likeness. - Douglas Groothuis
I mean what does a democracy depend on? A democracy depends on the individual voter making an intelligent and rational choice for what he regards as his enlightened self-interest, in any given circumstance. - Aldous Huxley
If everything on earth were rational, nothing would happen.
The opinions that are held with passion are always those for which no good ground exists; indeed the passion is the measure of the holders lack of rational conviction. Opinions in politics and religion are almost always held passionately. - Bertrand Russell
Whenever I have doubt, I often use epistemological methods or dialectic methods to come to a rational conclusion. - Debasish Mridha
Imagination is a place where a rational mind travels in time to meet it's god, "The Infinite Mind"! - Vishwanath S J
We have no rational evidence that there exits another world, but we have a clear feeling that man does not exist only to produce and to consume. - Alija Izetbegović
I think my thinking with my heartI act with my thinking from my heartbut I'm just a human being with a heart and not a rational thinker - Kristian Goldmund Aumann
Learn the art of patience. Apply discipline to your thoughts when they become anxious over the outcome of a goal. Impatience breeds anxiety, fear, discouragement and failure. Patience creates confidence, decisiveness, and a rational outlook, which eventually leads to success. - Brian Adams
RATIONAL, adj. Devoid of all delusions save those of observation, experience and reflection. - Ambrose Bierce
The history of man is a graveyard of great cultures that came to catastrophic ends because of their incapacity for planned, rational, voluntary reaction to challenge. - Erich Fromm
Gods have become like us, ergo, we have become like gods. And to you, my unknown planetary readers, we will come to you, to make your life as divinely rational and exact as ours. - Yavgeny Zamyatin -We
You can't distinguish your group by doing things that are rational and believing things that are true. If you want to set yourself apart from other people you have to do things that are arbitrary and believe things that are false. - Paul Graham
We need conscious entertainment that engage and influence its consumer to rational thinking. - Unarine Ramaru
An audience that is unwilling to suspend its own presuppositions and biases while considering an opposed (or even unopposed) viewpoint not only frustrates the function of extended argument but effectively denies its own beliefs a rational basis. - Vincent E. Barry
I hate to hear you talking so like a fine gentleman, and as if women were all fine ladies, instead of rational creatures. - Jane Austen
You cannot expect any rational thought from a religious man. He is like a rocking log in water. - Periyar E.V. Ramasamy
Man: an irrational being who imagines himself to be a rational one. - Marty Rubin
Dare to contradict the scientist, not because of your scripture, but because of your own rational thinking. - Abhijit Naskar
You will make a perfectly rational mistake: You will assume that sooner or later the paradigm you are presently practicing (which has been mostly successful) will solve all the rest of your problems. - Joel Barker
A society that robs an individual of the product of his effort, or enslaves him, or attempts to limit the freedom of his mind, or compels him to act against his own rational judgment ... is not, strictly speaking, a society, but a mob held together by institutionalized gang-rule. - Ayn Rand
Good and evil, reward and punishment, are the only motives to a rational creature: these are the spur and reins whereby all mankind are set on work, and guided. - John Locke
Rational arguments don't usually work on religious people. Otherwise, there wouldn't be religious people. - Doris Egan
I never made one of my discoveries through the process of rational thinking - Albert Einstein
if we want individuals to take responsibility for their actions we must first establish a rational, effective and empowering means of separating individual responsibility from that of the collective. - Daniel Waterman
My anger is like some rudimentary, single-celled beast, an exploding virus of fury that paralyses rational thought and blinds me to everything except one single goal... - Candace Bushnell
Rational conduct on the basis of the idea of calling, was born... from the spirit of Christian asceticism. - Max Weber
Insanity -- a perfectly rational adjustment to an insane world.
I never came upon any of my discoveries through the process of rational thinking. - Albert Einstein
Feelings should never supersede rational thought... so, if you feel that you've got the answer, you should think some more. - Julie Ann Elliott-Morton
What is it that makes a seemingly rational man set out on a perilous journey knowing full well that the odds of success are quite remote and the consequences of failure are likely to be devastating? Is it pride, stubbornness, a yearning for adventure, or just a reckless disregard of reality? - Stan Turner
Presenting a rational argument to a person who has forsaken the use of reason is like asking a vegetarian to eat a cheeseburger. - Michel Templet
The exaltation of human reason and its capabilities, a commitment to rigorous and rational debate, a promotion of intellectual inquiry and scholarly exchange--all sponsored by the Church--provided the framework for the Scientific Revolution. - Thomas E. Woods Jr.
In a completely rational society, the best of us would be teachers and the rest of us would have to settle for something else. - Lee Iacocca
To trust immediate intuitions rather than collective examination that is rational, careful, and intelligent is not wisdom: it is the presumption of an old man who refuses to believe that the great world outside his village is any different from the one that he has always known. - Carlo Rovelli
Books choose their authors; the act of creation is not entirely a rational and conscious one. - Salman Rushdie
Insanity: a perfectly rational adjustment to the insane world. - R. D. Laing
Practice silence and you will acquire silent knowledge. In this silent knowledge is a computing system that is far more precise and far more accurate and far more powerful than anything that is contained in the boundaries of rational thought. - Deepak Chopra
Every skill and every inquiry, and similarly every action and rational choice, is thought to aim at some good; and so the good had been aptly described as that at which everything aims. - Aristotle
I am perfectly convinced that I have both seen, and heard in a manner which should make unbelief impossible, things called spiritual which cannot be taken by a rational being to be capable of explanation by imposture, coincidence, or mistake. - Augustus De Morgan
Rationalism is false not because it seeks to express reality in rational mode, so far as this possible, but because it seeks to embrace the whole of reality in the realm of reason, as if the reason coincides with the very principle of things. - Osman Bakar
Sex and excretion are reminders that anyone's claim to round-the-clock dignity is tenuous. The so-called rational animal has a desperate drive to pair up and moan and writhe. - Steven Pinker
Human security depends on a system where each rational individual calculates that it is more profitable not to rebel. - Mark Gough
Only education, self-respect and rational qualities will uplift the down-trodden. - Periyar E.V. Ramasamy
Music, that is the science or the sense of proper modulation, is likewise given by God's generosity to mortals having rational souls in order to lead them to higher things. - St. Augustine
Insanity - a perfectly rational adjustment to an insane world. - R.D. Laing
It has been said that man is a rational animal. All my life I have been searching for evidence which could support this. - Bertrand Russell
When the experts’ scientific knowledge is legitimated in terms of being rational, logical, efficient, educated, progressive, modern, and enlightened, what analogies can other segments of society . . . utilize to challenge them? - Martin Guevara Urbina
Only exceptional rational men can afford to be absurd. - Allan Goldfein
Do not think of knocking out another person's brains because he differs in opinion from you. It would be as rational to knock yourself on the head because you differ from yourself ten years ago. - Horace Mann
Settle, for sure and universally, what conduct will promote the happiness of a rational being. - Immanuel Kant
Never trust books on the question of whether or not to trust your rational thinking. Trust your rational thinking on the question of whether or not to trust the books. - Abhijit Naskar
In general I strive for greatness and rational achievement, but I admit to you I’ve a terrible fondness for women, a tendency towards drunkenness, and a weakness for the fumes of the poppy—opium and other miserable beauties. - Roman Payne
The further the spiritual evolution of mankind advances, the more certain it seems to me that the path to genuine religiosity does not lie through the fear of life, and the fear of death, and blind faith, but through striving after rational knowledge. - Albert Einstein
Man is a rational animal who always loses his temper when called upon to act in accordance with the dictates of reason. - Orson Welles
Only exceptionally rational men can afford to be absurd. - Allan Goldfein
Rationally, factory farming is so obviously wrong, in so many ways. In all of my reading and conversations, I've yet to find a credible defense of it. But food is not rational. Food is culture, habit, and identity. - Jonathan Safran Foer
Sleep on it until your thoughts are rational and your tongue is capable of speaking only kindness and truth. - Toni Sorenson
If I have to die either for religion or atheism I would prefer atheism, since my conscience will respect my rational decision. - M.F. Moonzajer
To wisdom belongs the intellectual apprehension of things eternal; to knowledge, the rational apprehension of things temporal. - Saint Augustine
Man is a rational animal who always loses his temper when he is called upon to act in accordance with the dictates of reason. - Oscar Wilde
True freedom exists beyond the bounds of our faculty of reason because rational beings can only reason practical freedoms even if first conceived in theory or as an idea. - Adam Kovacevic
What we call rational grounds for our beliefs are often extremely irrational attempts to justify our instincts. - Thomas Henry Huxley
The intellect, like all cultural values, has created an aristocracy based on the possession of rational culture and independent of all personal ethical qualities of man. The aristocracy of intellect is hence an unbrotherly aristocracy. - Max Weber
The Christian who loves his Master needs not fear any longer for himself. For it is then completely irrational, as it is written thus: 'Perfect love casts out fear.' However, it is very much rational for one to instead fear for the enemies of God. - Criss Jami
Irrationality is the exclusive preserve of humans as among all creatures only we have the power to rationalise, that being the art of packaging patently irrational as apparently rational. - R.N. Prasher
A man who does not question his own judgment, society, and who flourishes between deceit and bewilderment, fails his moral responsibility as a rational being. - Duop Chak Wuol
One is tempted to define man as a rational animal who always loses his temper when he is called upon to act in accordance with the dictates of reason. - Oscar Wilde
Don't let your emotions get in the way of rational decision making. - Roy T. Bennett
We follow the ways of wolves, the habits of tigers: or, rather we are worse than they. To them nature has assigned that they should be thus fed, while God has honoured us with rational speech and a sense of equity. And yet we are become worse than the wild beast. - John Chrysostom
If we were rational enough to judge what we are fed based on what we are fed, those in the business of selling us hope (i.e., public speakers, presidents, priests, etc.) wouldn't wear suits. - Mokokoma Mokhonoana
Happiness is possible only to a rational man, the man who desires nothing but rational goals, seeks nothing but rational values and finds his joy in nothing buy rational actions. - Ayn Rand
Christian faith is not an irrational leap.Examined objectively, the claims of the Bible are rational propositions well supported by reason and evidence. - Lee Strobel
Because God is a rational being and the universe is his personal creation, it necessarily has a rational, lawful, stable structure, awaiting increased human comprehension. This is the key to many intellectual undertakings, among them, the rise of science. - Rodney Stark
In a rational society we would want our presidents to be teachers. In our actual society we insist they be cheerleaders. - Steve Allen
There are two kinds of fears: rational and irrational- or in simpler terms, fears that make sense and fears that don't. - Lemony Snicket
The moral is the chosen, not the forced; the understood, not the obeyed. The moral is the rational, and reason accepts no commandments. - Ayn Rand
No rational argument will have a rational effect on a man who does not want to adopt a rational attitude. - Karl R. Popper
Any religion that cannot stand up to a modern scientific reasoning, and to rational proof, is asinine - Fakeer Ishavardas
So that, in effect, religion, which should most distinguish us from beasts, and ought most peculiarly to elevate us, as rational creatures, above brutes, is that wherein men often appear most irrational, and more senseless than beasts themselves. - John Locke
I have tried to be very rational, although I know love and hate are not rational and explained feelings. - F. Sionil Jose'
Earthquake means destruction; dictator means destruction! In the case of earthquake, you need a strong building; in the case of dictator, you need an educated rational mind, because an irrational ignorant mind always serves the dictator! - Mehmet Murat ildan
A man has free choice to the extent that he is rational. - Thomas Aquinas
Churchmen sought to introduce rational trial procedures and sophisticated legal principles in place of the superstition-based trial by ordeal that had characterized the Germanic legal order. - Thomas E. Woods Jr.
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