Quotes About Rationalization

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Carl Sagan
“One of the saddest lessons of history is this: If we’ve been bamboozled long enough, we tend to reject any evidence of the bamboozle. We’re no longer interested in finding out the truth. The bamboozle has captured us. It’s simply too painful to acknowledge, even to ourselves, that we’ve been taken. Once you give a charlatan power over you, you almost never get it back.”
Carl Sagan, The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark

Ayn Rand
“Rationalization is a process of not perceiving reality, but of attempting to make reality fit one’s emotions.”
Ayn Rand, Philosophy: Who Needs It?

Lydia Maria Francis Child
“We first crush people to the earth, and then claim the right of trampling on them forever, because they are prostrate.”
Lydia Maria Francis Child

“At cocktail parties, I played the part of a successful businessman's wife to perfection. I smiled, I made polite chit-chat, and I dressed the part. Denial and rationalization were two of my most effective tools in working my way through our social obligations. I believed that playing the roles of wife and mother were the least I could do to help support Tom's career.
During the day, I was a puzzle with innumerable pieces. One piece made my family a nourishing breakfast. Another piece ferried the kids to school and to soccer practice. A third piece managed to trip to the grocery store. There was also a piece that wanted to sleep for eighteen hours a day and the piece that woke up shaking from yet another nightmare. And there was the piece that attended business functions and actually fooled people into thinking I might have something constructive to offer.
I was a circus performer traversing the tightwire, and I could fall off into a vortex devoid of reality at any moment. There was, and had been for a very long time, an intense sense of despair. A self-deprecating voice inside told me I had no chance of getting better. I lived in an emotional black hole.
p20-21, talking about dissociative identity disorder (formerly multiple personality disorder).”
Suzie Burke, Wholeness: My Healing Journey from Ritual Abuse

Bettie Sharpe
“Sometimes, we need little lies to save our pride. And sometimes we need big lies to save our souls.”
Bettie Sharpe, Ember

“Small wonder our national spirit is husk empty. We have more information but less knowledge. More communication but less community. More goods but less goodwill. More of virtually everything save that which the human spirit requires. So distracted have we become sating this new need or that material appetite, we hardly noticed the departure of happiness”
Randall Robinson, The Debt: What America Owes to Blacks

Leo Tolstoy
“These prin­ciples laid down as in variable rules: that one must pay a card sharper, but need not pay a tailor; that one must never tell a lie to a man, but one may to a woman; that one must never cheat any one, but one may a husband; that one must never pardon an insult, but one may give one and so on. These principles were possibly not reasonable and not good, but they were of unfailing certainty, and so long as he adhered to them, Vronsky felt that his heart was at peace and he could hold his head up.”
Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina

K.P. Yohannan
“Lifting your eyes from the things of this world is an activity that must begin WHERE YOU ARE.”
K.P. Yohannan, Living in the Light of Eternity

Ashim Shanker
“Of what use was memory anyway than as a template for one's most reassuring self-deceptions!”
Ashim Shanker, Only the Deplorable

William Faulkner
“ingenuity was apparently given man in order that he may supply himself in crises with shapes and sounds with which to guard himself from truth.”
William Faulkner, Light in August

“Carla's description was typical of survivors of chronic childhood abuse. Almost always, they deny or minimize the abusive memories. They have to: it's too painful to believe that their parents would do such a thing. So they fragment the memories into hundreds of shards, leaving only acceptable traces in their conscious minds. Rationalizations like "my childhood was rough," "he only did it to me once or twice," and "it wasn't so bad" are common, masking the fact that the abuse was devastating and chronic. But while the knowledge, body sensations, and feelings are shattered, they are not forgotten. They intrude in unexpected ways: through panic attacks and insomnia, through dreams and artwork, through seemingly inexplicable compulsions, and through the shadowy dread of the abusive parent. They live just outside of consciousness like noisy neighbors who bang on the pipes and occasionally show up at the door.”
David L. Calof, The Couple Who Became Each Other: Stories of Healing and Transformation from a Leading Hypnotherapist

Paul David Tripp
“Your theology won't always work toward your obedience, because your use of theology is dictated by the condition of your heart. If your heart is not submitting to the plan of God, you will actually use your theology to justify things that should not be justified.”
Paul David Tripp

Criss Jami
“I treat my thoughts like an old person treats their valuables: I cannot for the life of me proceed to throwing them out.”
Criss Jami, Healology

“I think the world honestly would be a much healthier place if instead of trying to find rationalizations for our bad behavior we would just say, "I was an asshole. Sure, there were reasons behind it, but that doesn't matter.”
Colin Quinn, The Coloring Book: A Comedian Solves Race Relations in America

Leigh Brackett
“There's never been an act done since the beginning, from a kid stealing candy to a dictator committing genocide, that the person doing it didn't think he was fully justified. That's a mental trick called rationalizing, and it's done the human race more harm than anything else you can name.”
Leigh Brackett, The Long Tomorrow

Donald Barthelme
“The President looked out of his window. He was not very happy. “I worry about Bill, Hubert, Henry, Kevin, Edward, Clem, Dan and their lover, Snow White. I sense that all is not well with them. Now, looking out over this green lawn, and these fine rosebushes, and into the night and the yellow buildings, and the falling Dow Jones Index and the screams of the poor, I am concerned. I have many important things to worry about, but I worry about Bill and the boys too. Because I am the President. Finally. the President of the whole fucking country. And they are Americans, Bill, Hubert, Henry, Kevin, Edward, Clem, Dan and Snow White. They are Americans. My Americans.”
Donald Barthelme, Snow White

“People sell their soul in such small quantities - a seemingly trivial compromise here, a rationalization of a minor evil there - that they don't realize what they're doing until it is too late.”
Mike Klepper

Brandon Sanderson
“The truth is, most people who do what you'd call 'wrong' do it for what they call 'right' reasons.”
Brandon Sanderson, Warbreaker

“We can hide a lot of stuff until God shows up, for when God shows up nothing is hidden, which includes both our embarrassment and His forgiveness.”
Craig D. Lounsbrough, Flecks of Gold on a Path of Stone: Simple Truths for Profound Living

Barbara W. Tuchman
“When a pope's election could not be explained rationally, it was attributed to the Holy Ghost.”
Barbara W. Tuchman, The March of Folly: From Troy to Vietnam

George F. Will
“The argument that a particular project will be "self-financing" is usually the first refuge of politicians defending the indefensible.”
George F. Will, The Woven Figure: Conservatism and America's Fabric

Alexis de Tocqueville
“While he loved liberty, he detested the crimes that had been committed in its name. Jon J. Ingalls”
Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America

“There is no law against delaying action to weigh it in thought.”
Unarine Ramaru

George F. Will
“Soothing assumptions about the good faith and shared interests of antagonists are natural to democracy, as is the desire to spend money on things other than defense. Getting a democracy to do what does not come naturally requires leadership.”
George F. Will, The Woven Figure: Conservatism and America's Fabric

Jonathan Haidt
“The author says we enlist reasons to convince others to join the direction of our instincts.”
Jonathan Haidt, The Righteous Mind: Why Good People are Divided by Politics and Religion

J. Budziszewski
“Yet our common moral knowledge is as real as arithmetic, and probably just as plain. Paradoxically, maddeningly, we appeal to it even to justify wrongdoing; rationalization is the homage paid by sin to guilty knowledge.”
J. Budziszewski, What We Can't Not Know: A Guide

William E. Connolly
“If you are stuck in circumstances in which it takes Herculean efforts to get through the day— doing low-income work, obeying an authoritarian boss, buying clothes for the children, dealing with school issues, paying the rent or mortgage, fixing the car, negotiating with a spouse, paying taxes, and caring for older parents— it is not easy to pay close attention to larger political issues. Indeed you may wish that these issues would take care of themselves. It is not a huge jump from such a wish to become attracted to a public philosophy, spouted regularly at your job and on the media, that economic life would regulate itself automatically if only the state did not repeatedly intervene in it in clumsy ways. Now underfunded practices such as the license bureau, state welfare, public health insurance, public schools, public retirement plans, and the like begin to appear as awkward, bureaucratic organizations that could be replaced or eliminated if only the rational market were allowed to take care of things impersonally and quietly, as it were. Certainly such bureaucracies are indeed often clumsy. But more people are now attracted to compare that clumsiness to the myth of how an impersonal market would perform if it took on even more assignments and if state regulation of it were reduced even further. So a lot of “independents” and “moderates” may become predisposed to the myth of the rational market in part because the pressures of daily life encourage them to seek comfort in ideological formations that promise automatic rationality.”
William E. Connolly, The Fragility of Things: Self-Organizing Processes, Neoliberal Fantasies, and Democratic Activism

Itohan Eghide
“Habitual excuses for inactivity indicates little or no interest in what one ought to have done.”
Itohan Eghide, Master of Maxims

“Darkness should never be an excuse to quit, for with God, darkness is the exact stuff that light was built for.”
Craig D. Lounsbrough

“The worst of it is that while we continue to sink deeper into the muck and mire that we’ve created, in the very descent itself we ignorantly declare that in reality we are rising. And until desperation has crippled us sufficiently to confess the lie that we are lifting ourselves out of this mess, and until the panic of utter hopelessness has driven us to completely surrender all of the pathetic contrivances that we’ve fashioned that have put us there, we will never realize that God has readied solid ground that stands but a single step away”
Craig D. Lounsbrough

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