Reason Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old reason quotes, reason sayings, and reason proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


To be apt in quotation is a splendid and dangerous gift. Splendid, because it ornaments a man's speech with other men's jewels; dangerous, for the same reason.     

Robertson Davies

The madman is not the man who has lost his reason. The madman is the man who has lost everything except his reason.     

Gilbert K. Chesterton

Those who will not reason, perish in the act. Those who will not act, perish for that reason.     

W H Auden

Perhaps the reason we are unable to love is that we yearn to be loved, that is, we demand something (love) from our partner instead of delivering ourselves up to him demand-free and asking for nothing but his company.     

Milan Kundera

An idle reason lessens the weight of the good ones you gave before.     

Jonathan Swift

Human reason has this peculiar fate that in one species of its knowledge it is burdened by questions which, as prescribed by the very nature of reason itself, it is not able to ignore, but which, as transcending all its powers, it is also not able to answer.     

Immanuel Kant

Reason must be deluded, blinded, and destroyed. Faith must trample underfoot all reason, sense, and understanding, and whatever it sees must be put out of sight and, know nothing but the word of God.     

Martin Luther

Love is a passion for life shared with another person. You fall in love with a person who you think is wonderful. It's your deepest appreciation of the value of that individual, and that individual is a reflection of what you value most in life. Love, for sound reasons, can be one of life's greatest rewards.     

Terry Goodkind

And if your parents have you for a reason, then that reason better exist. Because once it's gone, so are you.     

Jodi Picoult

The past shouldn't be forgotten. It should be used as a guide for future situations and not used as a reason to avoid making difficult decisions. There was always a choice.     

Maria V. Snyder

I understand the reasons behind his keeping a distance from a girl he cares about. Because the truth is, sometimes getting close to the fire does actually burn you.     

Simone Elkeles

When bad things turn good, the reason can usually be found in the human heart—sometimes in the hearts of great masses of people, sometimes in the heart of a solitary soul.     

Jerry Spinelli

What does reason know? Reason only knows what it has succeeded in learning.     

Rene Descartes

Reason is the greatest enemy that faith has: it never comes to the aid of spiritual things.     

Martin Luther

Reason can discover things only near,--sees nothing that's above her.     

Francis Quarles

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

Voltaire

The last function of reason is to recognize that there are an infinity of things which surpass it.     

Blaise Pascal

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

Every man's Reason is sufficient for his guidance, if used.     

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Reason must know the heart's reasons and every other reason     

Leonora Carrington

The reason 'closure' is a cliche is that it is used too often, too imprecisely, and doesn't in any case reflect reality. In reality, such closure in broken friendships and much else in life is rarely achieved; only death brings closure and then not always for those still living.     

Joseph Epstein

What was the point in such loneliness among people. At least if you were by yourself, you had a good reason to be lonely.     

Janet Fitch

Where we have reasons for what we believe, we have no need of faith; where we have no reasons, we have lost both our connection to the world and to one another.     

Sam Harris

Sometimes we have to do a thing in order to find out the reason for it. Sometimes our actions are questions, not answers.     

John Le Carre

If we are bound to improve, we need not trouble to improve. The pure doctrine of progress is the best of all reasons for not being a progressive.     

G.K. Chesterton

Losing your way on a journey is unfortunate. But, losing your reason for the journey is a fate more cruel.     

H. G. Wells

There's never any reason to trust someone. If there's a reason, then it's not trust. -Terence     

Gerald Morris

We cannot reason ourselves out of our basic irrationality. All we can do is learn the art of being irrational in a reasonable way.     

Aldous Huxley

Because of fear, they made shelter and found food and grew things. For the same reason, weapons were stored, waiting.     

Lois Lowry

There is no good reason. Don't waste your life waiting for good reasons...You'll wait and wait.     

Susan Minot