Irrational Quotes

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Erik Pevernagie
“Conspiracy adepts love story-tellers who want to exorcise their fear, mixing rational and irrational elements to construct a plausible narrative for people craving a meaningful decoding and a breathtaking clarification. ("What after bowling alone?" )”
Erik Pevernagie

Criss Jami
“The logic behind patriotism is a mystery. At least a man who believes that his own family or clan is superior to all others is familiar with more than 0.000003% of the people involved.”
Criss Jami, Killosophy

Melissa de la Cruz
“They did it for love, and sometimes love makes us do the irrational .. even the inexcusable.”
Melissa de la Cruz, The Van Alen Legacy

Criss Jami
“It is so easy at times for a lonely individual to begin fantasizing about what the people outside are saying about him and, in result, irrationally and fearfully, and sometimes angrily, fancy himself a villain.”
Criss Jami, Healology

David M.  Allen
“Invalidating someone else is not merely disagreeing with something that the other person said. It is a process in which individuals communicate to another that the opinions and emotions of the target are invalid, irrational, selfish, uncaring, stupid, most likely insane, and wrong, wrong, wrong. Invalidators let it be known directly or indirectly that their targets views and feelings do not count for anything to anybody at any time or in any way.”
David M. Allen

Samuel Taylor Coleridge
“If a man could pass through Paradise in a dream, and have a flower presented to him as a pledge that his soul had really been there, and if he found that flower in his hand when he awoke - Aye! and what then?”
Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Anima Poetae from the Unpublished Note-Books of Samuel Taylor Coleridge

“Behind every flinch is a fear or an anxiety - sometimes rational, sometimes not. Without the fear, there is no flinch. But wiping out the fear isn't what's important - facing it is.”
Julien Smith, The Flinch

Leo Tolstoy
“We are forced to fall back on fatalism as an explanation of irrational events (that is to say, events the reasonableness of which we do not understand).”
Leo Tolstoy, War and Peace

David Byrne
“It's a bit like sympathetic magic in a way: the usual Western presumption that 'primitive' rituals mimic what they desire to achieve--that phallic objects might be believed to increase male potency and playacting rainfall might somehow bring it about. I am suspicious of such obvious connections and I suspect that the connections among things, people, and processes can be equally irrational. I sense the world might be more dreamlike, metaphorical, and poetic than we currently believe--but just as irrational as sympathetic magic when looked at in a typically scientific way. I wouldn't be surprised if poetry--poetry in the broadest sense, in the sense of a world filled with metaphor, rhyme, and recurring patterns, shapes, and designs--is how the world works. The world isn't logical, it's a song.”
David Byrne, Bicycle Diaries

Mokokoma Mokhonoana
“Heartless’ is a label that is all too often wrongly given to someone who is rational by someone who is emotional.”
Mokokoma Mokhonoana

Esther Dalseno
“The woman looked at her heart in all of its fragments. Its voice was clear and true as it reminded her of the injustices done to it. Nothing so forlorn and broken could lie to her — could it? However, the woman was not a rational woman, and did not heed the beings’ warning. “Strip my humanity away, that I may never again walk in the race of men,” was her one wish.”
Esther Dalseno, Drown

Allie Brosh
“This is a reasonable point. And when you're in full-on rage-ejection mode, there is nothing more infuriating than a reasonable point.”
Allie Brosh, Solutions and Other Problems

Mokokoma Mokhonoana
“Most people never cease to exercise their right to disbelieve something that is obvious, or to believe something that is ridiculous.”
Mokokoma Mokhonoana

Jean Baudrillard
“Here, television succeeded in completing a fantastic operation of directed consensus building, a real power grab, an OPA [Tender offer] to the entire society, a kidnapping - an unheralded success story on the path towards an integral telemorphosis of society. Television created a global event (or better, a non-event), in which everyone became trapped. “A total social fact” as Marcel Mauss says - if in other societies this situation indicated the converging power of all the elements of the social, in our society it indicates the elevation of an entire society to the parody stage of an integral farce, of an image feedback relentless with its own reality. What the most radical critical critique, the most subversive delirious imagination, what no Situationist drift could have done… television has done.”
Jean Baudrillard, Telemorphosis

Awdhesh Singh
“We are all rational in our own eyes. We are irrational only from the perspective of another person whose concept of rationality is different from ours.”
Awdhesh Singh, Myths are Real, Reality is a Myth

Richie Norton
“We irrationally believe we will be the same way we are today in 10 years. You won’t. You’ll be a totally new human. Who do you want to be? Whoever it is, do it on purpose. Intentionally.⁣”
Richie Norton

Pierre-Augustin Caron de Beaumarchais
“COUNT. The fact is, when you start losing your temper, even the most tightly controlled imagination will run wild, just as it does in dreams.”
Pierre-Augustin Caron de Beaumarchais, The Barber of Seville / The Marriage of Figaro / The Guilty Mother

K. Weikel
“When the choice is life-or-death, you can’t choose rationally. No one can. So let us decide for you.”
K. Weikel, Replay: Ghost

Steven Magee
“There is no logic inside a crazy mind.”
Steven Magee

Arnold Hauser
“In periods such as the early Middle Ages, which in general were free from social conflict, there is not, as a rule, any radical antagonism between artistic intention and technique; the art forms and the technique are employed harmoniously and say the same thing in different ways, the one factor being no more rational or irrational than the other. But in times like the Gothic age, when the whole of culture was rent by antagonisms, it often happens that the spiritual and material elements in art speak different languages and, as in the present case, the technique appears rational but the artistic aims irrational.”
Arnold Hauser, The Social History of Art, Volume 1: From Prehistoric Times to the Middle Ages

Mokokoma Mokhonoana
“You cannot really convince a man who has always been blind that he does not see.”
Mokokoma Mokhonoana

Steven Magee
“President Trump’s irrational and erratic behaviors regarding COVID-19 are expected to kill many Americans.”
Steven Magee

Laurence Galian
“Beware of becoming too sure of your beliefs, because you run the risk of dissociation, or losing touch with parts of yourself. That is why the irrational and spontaneous are so precious to the Sufi. The 'irrational' circumnavigates the rational mind and by that allows the unconscious to manifest. The spontaneous and flexible person, who is not afraid of non-rational impulses, unorthodox behaviors, poetry, and dreams, in other words, the totality of being, acquires a unitive nature.”
Laurence Galian, The Sun At Midnight: The Revealed Mysteries Of The Ahlul Bayt Sufis

Petros Scientia
“Without divine revelation, human beings have no capacity to have true premises with which to conclude anything about what they observe. Schools instead are teaching students that they merely need to agree on the premises. They don’t need to prove that the premises are true since they can’t possibly prove that the premises are true without divine revelation. They teach students to base all their thinking on made-up stuff.”
Petros Scientia, Exposing the REAL Creation-Evolution Debate: The Absolute Proof of the Biblical Account

Jean Baudrillard
“Conclusion: from the moment the economic is there for something else, there is no point making endless critiques of it or analysing its transformations.
As soon as the Virtual is there for something else, there is no point enquiring into its principles or purposes, no point being for it or against it.
For the destiny of these things lies elsewhere. And the destiny of the analysis too: everything changes depending on whether you analyse a system by its own logic or in terms of the idea that it is there for something else.”
Jean Baudrillard, The Intelligence of Evil or the Lucidity Pact

“By its very nature, the process of rationalization tries to project the patently irrational as apparently rational.”
R. N. Prasher

Laurence Galian
“Beware of becoming too sure of your beliefs, because you run the risk of dissociation, or losing touch with parts of yourself. That is why the irrational and spontaneous are so precious to the student of spirituality. The 'irrational' circumnavigates the rational mind and by that allows the unconscious to manifest. The spontaneous and flexible person, who is not afraid of non-rational impulses, unorthodox behaviors, poetry, and dreams, in other words, the totality of being, acquires a unitive nature.”
Laurence Galian, The Sun At Midnight: The Revealed Mysteries Of The Ahlul Bayt Sufis

Jordan B. Peterson
“We have very irrational souls, very powerful, romantic, emotional, highly motivated souls.”
Jordan B. Peterson

Mokokoma Mokhonoana
“Alcohol is the worst thing to mix with anger.”
Mokokoma Mokhonoana

Friedrich Nietzsche
“We do not dispute what is magical or irrational when it flatters our self-esteem.”
Friedrich Nietzsche

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