Rational Thought Quotes

Quotes tagged as "rational-thought" (showing 1-30 of 30)
Christopher Hitchens
“Beware the irrational, however seductive. Shun the 'transcendent' and all who invite you to subordinate or annihilate yourself. Distrust compassion; prefer dignity for yourself and others. Don't be afraid to be thought arrogant or selfish. Picture all experts as if they were mammals. Never be a spectator of unfairness or stupidity. Seek out argument and disputation for their own sake; the grave will supply plenty of time for silence. Suspect your own motives, and all excuses. Do not live for others any more than you would expect others to live for you.”
Christopher Hitchens, Letters to a Young Contrarian

“The beginning of wisdom is the definition of terms.”

“Intelligent men do not decide any subject until they have carefully examined both or all sides of it. Fools, cowards, and those too lazy to think, accept blindly, without examination, dogmas and doctrines imposed upon them in childhood by their parents, priests, and teachers, when their minds were immature and they could not reason.”
James Hervey Johnson

Hal Herzog
“The inconsistencies that haunt our relationships with animals also result from the quirks of human cognition. We like to think of ourselves as the rational species. But research in cognitive psychology and behavioral economics shows that our thinking and behavior are often completely illogical. In one study, for example, groups of people were independently asked how much they would give to prevent waterfowl from being killed in polluted oil ponds. On average, the subjects said they would pay $80 to save 2,000 birds, $78 to save 20,000 birds, and $88 to save 200,000 birds. Sometimes animals act more logically than people do; a recent study found that when picking a new home, the decisions of ant colonies were more rational than those of human house-hunters.
What is it about human psychology that makes it so difficult for us to think consistently about animals? The paradoxes that plague our interactions with other species are due to the fact that much of our thinking is a mire of instinct, learning, language, culture, intuition, and our reliance on mental shortcuts.”
Hal Herzog, Some We Love, Some We Hate, Some We Eat: Why It's So Hard to Think Straight About Animals

Deborah J. Lightfoot
“I am heartened to find so much wit in you, that you'd give thought to consequences and choose your way with reason, not passion only.”
Deborah J. Lightfoot, The Wysard

“Feelings should never supersede rational thought... so, if you feel that you've got the answer, you should think some more.”
Julie Ann Elliott-Morton

Ayn Rand
“To irrational principles, one cannot be loyal. Ideas that are not derived from reality cannot be consistently practiced in reality.

--as quoted by Leonard Peikoff in "Objectivism: The Philosophy of Ayn Rand”
Ayn Rand

Algernon Blackwood
“Like many another materialist, that is, he lied cleverly on the basis of insufficient knowledge, because the knowledge supplied seemed to his own particular intelligence inadmissible.

("The Wendigo")”
Algernon Blackwood, Monster Mix

Neil Postman
“Every television program must be a complete package in itself. No previous knowledge is to be required. There must not be even a hint that learning is hierarchical, that it is an edifice constructed on a foundation. The learner must be allowed to enter at any point without prejudice. This is why you shall never hear or see a television program begin with the caution that if the viewer has not seen the previous programs, this one will be meaningless. Television is a nongraded curriculum and excludes no viewer for any reason, at any time. In other words, in doing away with the idea of sequence and continuity in education, television undermines the idea that sequence and continuity have anything to do with thought itself.”
Neil Postman, Amusing Ourselves to Death: Public Discourse in the Age of Show Business

Stephen King
“Feelings are invulnerable to rational thought.”
Stephen King, Doctor Sleep

Robert M. Pirsig
“If you can’t define something you have no formal rational way of knowing that it exists. Neither can you really tell anyone else what it is. There is, in fact, no formal difference between inability to define and stupidity.”
Robert M. Pirsig, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry Into Values

Karen Essex
“I am more human than rational.”
Karen Essex, Stealing Athena

Jim Herrick
“The widest cause of secularization may be the steady change of thinking so that there is the expectation that reason and a consideration of cause and effect will help with explanations. Supernatural power began to be removed from explanations of the process of life or society in the seventeenth century, and although there may be a nod towards astrology or the crossed finger today, superstition is not seriously used in decision making. ...

Scientific thinking, which similarly developed in the seventeenth century, has been influential in bringing this change. We now see that tornadoes and earthquakes have rational explanations in terms of climatology and seismology rather than as divine punishments. Most people when deciding whether to take a new job, embark on a divorce, or simply plan a holiday will not seek divine guidance, but rather discuss with themselves or others the issues of cause and effect.”
Jim Herrick, Humanism: An Introduction

Rajesh Nanoo
“If the way of wisdom was easy, anyone would have walked in. Wisdom is not a whore she is a shy mademoiselle so only those who strives wins her heart.”
Rajesh Nanoo

Karen Essex
“No rational person would intentionally commit an act of evil, for everyone knows that it would bring the wrath of the community upon him. (Socrates)”
Karen Essex, Stealing Athena

Neil Postman
“In the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, print put forward a definition of intelligence that gave priority to the objective, rational use of the mind and at the same time encouraged forms of public discourse with serious, logically ordered content. It is no accident that the Age of Reason was coexistent with that growth of a print culture, first in Europe and then in America.”
Neil Postman, Amusing Ourselves to Death: Public Discourse in the Age of Show Business

Alison Goodman
“I do not want to study alchemy, Lord Carlston," she hissed. "It is heretical nonsense. Nor do I want to fight. All you have shown me is a world of danger and threat, and yet you expect to step into it without even asking me if I wish to do so.".........."I am no warrior, sir, nor do I aspire to be. I have been taught to sew and sing and dance, and my duty is to marry, not fight demons. Look at me: I am an Earl's daughter, not a man versed in swords and fisticuffs.”
Alison Goodman, The Dark Days Club

“we believe certain things because they ought to be true.”
Thomas Gilovich, How We Know What Isn't So: The Fallibility of Human Reason in Everyday Life

Jo Victor
“That was her last rational thought. She gave herself up to Cam completely, feasting on her. She couldn't get enough of her.”
Jo Victor, Romance by the Book

“Because so much disagreement remains hidden, our beliefs are not properly shaped by healthy scrutiny and debate. The absence of such argument also leads us to exaggerate the extent to which other people believe the way we do.”
Thomas Gilovich, How We Know What Isn't So: The Fallibility of Human Reason in Everyday Life

Abhijit Naskar
“Never trust books on the question of whether or not to trust your rational thinking. Trust your rational thinking on the question of whether or not to trust the books.”
Abhijit Naskar

“When we prefer to believe something, we may approach the relevant evidence by asking ourselves,"what evidence is there to support this belief?"...Note that this question is not unbiased: It directs our attention to supportive evidence and away from information that might contradict the desired conclusion. Because it is almost always possible to uncover some supportive evidence, the asymmetrical way we frame the question makes us overly likely to become convinced of what we hope to be true.”
Thomas Gilovich, How We Know What Isn't So: The Fallibility of Human Reason in Everyday Life

Abhijit Naskar
“You are modern humans of the civilized world. And modern humans rise beyond all laws and superstitions of the society. They help their fellow beings to rise from the ashes of ignorance, illusion and fear.”
Abhijit Naskar, In Search of Divinity: Journey to The Kingdom of Conscience

Abhijit Naskar
“Rationality attracts conscientious humans, whereas mysticism attracts fools.”
Abhijit Naskar, Rowdy Buddha: The First Sapiens

Abhijit Naskar
“Progress of the human society is predicated upon the proper functioning of a key element of the human mind, that is reasoning.”
Abhijit Naskar

“As you see, you can follow our guidelines and still enjoy eating. In fact, if you like to eat, you should have extra incentive to live longer. Just think -if you add only five years to your life- that means you get to eat at least 5,500 more meals.”
David A. Kekich, Life Extension Express: 7 Steps You Can Take Now, To Catch The Emerging Wave Of Medical Breakthroughs... For A Youthful Indefinite (Yes, Indefinite) Lifespan

Abhijit Naskar
“Baptize yourself with the flow of rational thinking and the world is bound to become rational.”
Abhijit Naskar, Illusion of Religion: A Treatise on Religious Fundamentalism

“Life is fundamentally a mental state. We live in a dream world that we create. Whose life is truer, the rational man of action pursuing practical goals of personal happiness and wealth or the philosophic man who lives in a world of theoretical and metaphysical ideas? We ascribe the value quotient to our lives by making decisions that we score as either valid or invalid based upon our personal ethics and how we think and behave.”
Kilroy J. Oldster, Dead Toad Scrolls

“Rational thought is trivial compared to affairs of the heart.”
Marty Rubin

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