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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

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

“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

“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

Stanisław Jerzy Lec
“He had a clear conscience. Never used it.”
Stanisław Jerzy Lec, More Unkempt Thoughts

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

A.J. Darkholme
“Our emotions hold more power over us than blade or poison alike. To embrace freely the entire spectrum of our emotions is to allow a multitude of Trojan horses containing hidden emotional poisons to circumvent the walls of rationalization – walls we need to protect our trust, confidence, understanding, and self-control.”
A.J. Darkholme, Rise of the Morningstar

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

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

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

“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 Tripp

Joseph Heller
“The chaplain had sinned, and it was good. Common sense told him that telling lies and defecting from duty were sins. On the other hand, everyone knew that sin was evil and that no good could come from evil. But he did feel good; he felt positively marvelous. Consequently, it followed logically that telling lies and defecting from duty could not be sins. The chaplain had mastered, in a moment of divine intuition, the handy technique of protective rationalization, and he was exhilarated by his discovery. It was miraculous.”
Joseph Heller, Catch-22

Sara Niles
“Thomas was like a drug, so smooth and overwhelming that he took one up a level in their emotions just by watching him and listening to him. He was a natural entertainer, filled with talent and knowledge on many subjects and a keen sense of the arts and music. I admired him as he performed for us, and I forgot the ugliness again”
Sara Niles, Torn From the Inside Out

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

Nenia Campbell
“Sometimes evil didn't need an excuse. Sometimes evil just was.”
Nenia Campbell, Cease and Desist

“To incessantly blame others for my shortcomings is cowardice borne of fear, fed by fear, and haunted by fear. To be steadfastly accountable for my shortcomings is bravery borne of God, fed by God, and blessed by God.”
Craig D. Lounsbrough

Rebecca Goldstein
“Everybody makes excuses for themselves they wouldn't be prepared to make for other people.”
Rebecca Goldstein, Plato at the Googleplex: Why Philosophy Won't Go Away

“Mediocrity is ‘purpose’ left to rot in minds ensnared in the deluded rationalization that vision is nothing more than a collection of fanciful dreams constructed by an imaginary God.”
Craig D. Lounsbrough

Niall Ferguson
“We should not delude ourselves into thinking that our historical narratives, as commonly constructed, are anything more than retrofits.”
Niall Ferguson, Civilization: The Six Ways the West Beat the Rest

“Avoidance is paying forward that which I would be much wiser to pay off.”
Craig D. Lounsbrough

John Updike
“In a way, gluttony is an athletic feat, a stretching exercise.”
John Updike, Rabbit at Rest

Vincent H. O'Neil
“With no one to confide in, she'd held the argument inside her own head and naturally found a way to dissolve facts into concepts and concepts into explanations that in the end explained nothing at all.”
Vincent H. O'Neil, Interlands

David Jascha
“The ego is a mean mechanism which mobilizes the absolute strongest rationalization traps in order to preserve itself.”
David Jascha, Rite Of Passage: Memoirs of a Survivor of the Pickup Community

“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

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

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

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