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Reason Quotes

Reason is the ability of human mind to generate conclusions out of assumptions and beliefs. It is what provides the rational outlook towards a particular topic and helps a person get rid of the clouds of illusions and perceptions. It is genuine reasons only that strengthens and authenticate a motive. This article provides you with few famous handpicked reason and motive quotations and sayings. Browse through these quotes for a better understanding of the requirement of a reason behind a motive.

Lily Collins

I really think everything happens for a reason.

Johnny Depp

It's all kinds of these profound things crashing on you when your child arrives into the world. It's like you've met your reason to live.

Friedrich Nietzsche

A subject for a great poet would be God's boredom after the seventh day of creation.

Coco Chanel

Fashion is architecture: it is a matter of proportions.

Walt Whitman

Be curious, not judgmental.

Groucho Marx

Humor is reason gone mad.

Golda Meir

Don't be humble... you're not that great.

Ambrose Bierce

Religion. A daughter of Hope and Fear, explaining to Ignorance the nature of the Unknowable.

Don DeLillo

I felt Joyce was an influence on my fiction, but in a very general way, as a kind of inspiration and a model for the beauty of language.

Horace Mann

Evil and good are God's right hand and left.

Drew Barrymore

I never regret anything. Because every little detail of your life is what made you into who you are in the end.


All the reasonings of men are not worth one sentiment of women.

Alan Watts

Some believe all that parents, tutors, and kindred believe. They take their principles by inheritance, and defend them as they would their estates, because they are born heirs to them.

John Milton

Death is the golden key that opens the palace of eternity.

Napolean Hill

All achievements, all earned riches, have their beginning in an idea.

James Madison

Wherever there is interest and power to do wrong, wrong will generally be done.

Marcus Aurelius

Aptitude found in the understanding and is often inherited. Genius coming from reason and imagination, rarely.

Billie Jean King

That is where the power, opportunity, and choice come from-when you have money. Money equals opportunity. There is no question.

Thomas Hobbes

Science is the knowledge of consequences, and dependence of one fact upon another.

Annie Leibovitz

There must be a reason why photographers are not very good at verbal communication. I think we get lazy.

Horace Mann

Every addition to true knowledge is an addition to human power.

Nelson Mandela

Does anybody really think that they didn't get what they had because they didn't have the talent or the strength or the endurance or the commitment?

Andy Warhol

I used to think that everything was just being funny but now I don't know. I mean, how can you tell?

Bertrand Russell

Science is what you know, philosophy is what you don't know.

Victor Hugo

A man is not idle because he is absorbed in thought. There is a visible labor and there is an invisible labor.

William Butler Yeats

How far away the stars seem, and how far is our first kiss, and ah, how old my heart.

Camille Paglia

There is no female Mozart because there is no female Jack the Ripper.

Laurence J. Peter

Against logic there is no armor like ignorance.

John Mason Brown

Our decision was that it was beyond the scope of something that was reasonable.

Drew Barrymore

I aspire to be that, to be a voice of reason one day.

Alan Watts

But my dear man, reality is only a Rorschach ink-blot, you know.

William Blake

Christ's crucifix shall be made an excuse for executing criminals.

Bertrand Russell

Freedom of opinion can only exist when the government thinks itself secure.

John Milton

Better to reign in hell than serve in heaven.

Omar Khayyam

You know, my friends, with what a brave carouse I made a Second Marriage in my house; favored old barren reason from my bed, and took the daughter of the vine to spouse.

Erich Fromm

Man is the only animal for whom his own existence is a problem which he has to solve.

John F. Kennedy

We prefer world law in the age of self-determination to world war in the age of mass extermination.

Ernest Hemingway

For a war to be just three conditions are necessary - public authority, just cause, right motive.

Ayn Rand

Every aspect of Western culture needs a new code of ethics - a rational ethics - as a precondition of rebirth.

George Foreman

I want to keep fighting because it is the only thing that keeps me out of the hamburger joints. If I don't fight, I'll eat this planet.

Anton Chekhov

Reason and justice tell me there's more love for humanity in electricity and steam than in chastity and vegetarianism.

Paulo Coelho

One is loved because one is loved. No reason is needed for loving.

Dorothy Day

Knitting is very conducive to thought. It is nice to knit a while, put down the needles, write a while, then take up the sock again.

Anatole France

It is only the poor who pay cash, and that not from virtue, but because they are refused credit.

Baltasar Gracian

A bad manner spoils everything, even reason and justice; a good one supplies everything, gilds a No, sweetens a truth, and adds a touch of beauty to old age itself.

Arnold Schwarzenegger

My body is like breakfast, lunch, and dinner. I don't think about it, I just have it.

Osama bin Laden

Even as you enter the fourth year after the Sept. 11 attacks, Bush is still misleading and deluding you and hiding the real reason from you.

Malcolm X

A man who stands for nothing will fall for anything.

Steve Martin

Hosting the Oscars is much like making love to a woman. It's something I only get to do when Billy Crystal is out of town.

Aldous Huxley

Several excuses are always less convincing than one.

Joseph Conrad

A man's real life is that accorded to him in the thoughts of other men by reason of respect or natural love.

Thomas Paine

A long habit of not thinking a thing wrong gives it a superficial appearance of being right.


Science is the father of knowledge, but opinion breeds ignorance.

Joseph Campbell

I think the person who takes a job in order to live - that is to say, for the money - has turned himself into a slave.

Benjamin Disraeli

A University should be a place of light, of liberty, and of learning.

John Greenleaf Whittier

It is no use trying to sum people up. One must follow hints, not exactly what is said, nor yet entirely what is done.

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Kurt Cobain

I'm so happy because today I found my friends - they're in my head.

Henry David Thoreau

Aim above morality. Be not simply good, be good for something.

Blaise Pascal

All of our reasoning ends in surrender to feeling.

Walter Scott

Discretion is the perfection of reason, and a guide to us in all the duties of life.

John Dryden

Only man clogs his happiness with care, destroying what is with thoughts of what may be.

Oliver Wendell Holmes

A man may fulfill the object of his existence by asking a question he cannot answer, and attempting a task he cannot achieve.

John Greenleaf Whittier

The best of a book is not the thought which it contains, but the thought which it suggests; just as the charm of music dwells not in the tones but in the echoes of our hearts.

Gene Tierney

My departure from Hollywood was described as a walk-out. No one understood that I was cracking up.

Alexander Hamilton

Constitutions should consist only of general provisions; the reason is that they must necessarily be permanent, and that they cannot calculate for the possible change of things.

Ulysses S. Grant

I appreciate the fact, and am proud of it, that the attentions I am receiving are intended more for our country than for me personally.

Alan Watts

And although our bodies are bounded with skin, and we can differentiate between outside and inside, they cannot exist except in a certain kind of natural environment.

Saint Thomas Aquinas

If forgers and malefactors are put to death by the secular power, there is much more reason for excommunicating and even putting to death one convicted of heresy.

John Stuart Mill

The most cogent reason for restricting the interference of government is the great evil of adding unnecessarily to its power.

Marcel Proust

If only for the sake of elegance, I try to remain morally pure.

Blaise Pascal

Faith is different from proof; the latter is human, the former is a Gift from God.

Joseph Campbell

God is a metaphor for that which trancends all levels of intellectual thought. It's as simple as that.

Don DeLillo

I quit my job just to quit. I didn't quit my job to write fiction. I just didn't want to work anymore.

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Malcolm De Chazal

Our expression and our words never coincide, which is why the animals don't understand us.

Robin Williams

When you look at Prince Charles, don't you think that someone in the Royal family knew someone in the Royal family?

Dr. Seuss

Don't cry because it's over. Smile because it happened.

Francis Bacon

A prudent question is one-half of wisdom.

Robert Louis Stevenson

Compromise is the best and cheapest lawyer.

David Lloyd George

Once blood is shed in a national quarrel reason and right are swept aside by the rage of angry men.

Thomas Mann

Every reasonable human being should be a moderate Socialist.

Ambrose Bierce

Jealous, adj. Unduly concerned about the preservation of that which can be lost only if not worth keeping.

John Dryden

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

Warren G. Bennis

The manager has a short-range view; the leader has a long-range perspective.

Candace Owens

I like to say now that the reason I'm conservative is because I used to be a liberal, and I learned a lot.

Napoleon Bonaparte

It is the cause, not the death, that makes the martyr.

Andrew Carnegie

He that cannot reason is a fool. He that will not is a bigot. He that dare not is a slave.

Kevin Smith

This is our home city. You get to do this once. We don't see our current financial situation as a reason to not utilize this world stage that we paid to play on.

George Eliot

Belief consists in accepting the affirmations of the soul; unbelief, in denying them.

Sri Sathya Sai Baba

Education must remove hatred between the pilgrims on the various roads to God. There is only one God, one Goal, one Law, one Truth, one Religion and one Reason.

John Ruskin

Education is the leading of human souls to what is best, and making what is best out of them.

Andre Gide

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

Sir Thomas Browne

Men live by intervals of reason under the sovereignty of humor and passion.

Andy Warhol

What's great about this country is that America started the tradition where the richest consumers buy essentially the same things as the poorest.

James Baldwin

The establishment of democracy on the American continent was scarcely as radical a break with the past as was the necessity, which Americans faced, of broadening this concept to include black men.

Thomas Hobbes

The privilege of absurdity; to which no living creature is subject, but man only.

Blaise Pascal

The supreme function of reason is to show man that some things are beyond reason.

Joseph Campbell

The goal of life is to make your heartbeat match the beat of the universe, to match your nature with Nature.

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Golda Meir

Let me tell you something that we Israelis have against Moses. He took us 40 years through the desert in order to bring us to the one spot in the Middle East that has no oil!

Ambrose Bierce

A sure way of getting the last word in an argument is to say you right. 

Michel de Montaigne

The greater part of the world's troubles are due to questions of grammar.