Posts Tagged ‘reason’

Quote of the day, Aug. 28

August 28, 2017

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, on truth

“Truth is contrary to our nature, not so error, and this for a very simple reason; truth demands that we should recognize ourselves as limited, error flatters us that, in one way or another, we are unlimited.”


Quote of the day, Feb. 16

February 16, 2017

Thomas Paine, from Common Sense (1776)

“… a long habit of not thinking a thing wrong, gives it a superficial appearance of being right, and raises at first a formidable outcry in defence of custom. But the tumult soon subsides. Time makes more converts than reason.”

Quote of the day, Sept. 1

September 1, 2016

Elvis Costello, from “Radio Radio” (1978)

Radio is a sound salvation
Radio is cleaning up the nation
They say you better listen to the voice of reason
But they don’t give you any choice
‘Cause they think that it’s treason.
So you had better do as you are told.
You better listen to the radio….

Quote of the day, Sept. 15

September 15, 2012

Marcus Tullius Cicero, on law

“True law is right reason in agreement with nature; it is of universal application, unchanging and everlasting; it summons to duty by its commands, and averts from wrongdoing by its prohibitions.”


Quote of the day, Feb. 24

February 24, 2011

Pope Benedict XVI, on religious freedom (2007)

“An appreciation for religious freedom is a fundamental expression of respect for human reason and its capacity to know the truth.”

Quote of the day, Nov. 27

November 27, 2010

Oliver Wendell Holmes, on freedom of speech

“Every idea is an incitement … Eloquence may set fire to reason.”

Quote of the day, Nov. 24

November 23, 2010

John Milton, on books

“Who kills a man kills a reasonable creature, God’s image; but he who destroys a good book, kills reason itself, kills the image of God, as it were in the eye.”

Quote of the day, Oct. 30

October 30, 2010

Voltaire, on reason

“The true triumph of reason is that it enables us to get along with those who do not possess it.”