Unreason Quotes

Quotes tagged as "unreason" (showing 1-10 of 10)
Dean Koontz
“I survive by finding the sweet spot between reason and unreason, between the rational and irrational.”
Dean Koontz, Forever Odd

If the sleep of reason produces monsters, what does the sleep of unreason produce?
“If the sleep of reason produces monsters, what does the sleep of unreason produce?”
Guillermo Cabrera Infante, Three Trapped Tigers

Dean Koontz
“Unreason is an essential medicine as long as you do not overdose.”
Dean Koontz, Forever Odd

Svetlana Alexievich
“There are many of us here. A whole street. That's what it's called--Chernobylskaya. These people worked at the station their whole lives. A lot of them still go there to work on a provisional basis, that's how they work there now, no one lives there anymore. They have bad diseases, they're invalids, but they don't leave their jobs, they're scared to even think of the reactor closing down. Who needs them now anywhere else? Often they die. In an instant. They just drop--someone will be walking, he falls down, goes to sleep, never wakes up. He was carrying flowers for his nurse and his heart stopped. They die, but no one's really asked us. No one's asked what we've been through. What we saw. No one wants to hear about death. About what scares them.

But I was telling you about love. About my love...

-- Lyudmila, Ignatenko,
wife of deceased fireman, Vasily Ignatenko”
Svetlana Alexievich, Voices from Chernobyl: The Oral History of a Nuclear Disaster

Salman Rushdie
“Among the great struggles of man-good/evil, reason/unreason, etc.-there is also this mighty conflict between the fantasy of Home and the fantasy of Away, the dream of roots and the mirage of the journey.”
Salman Rushdie

Shawn Lawrence Otto
“...Today the invisible hand seems confused and indecisive...Ideology and rhetoric increasingly guide policy decision, often bearing little relationship to factual reality. And the America we once knew seems divided and angry, defiantly embracing unreason.”
Shawn Lawrence Otto, Fool Me Twice: Fighting the Assault on Science in America

Dean Koontz
“This isn't a reasoned response to a configuration of stars, but the heart cannot flourish on logic alone. Unreason is an essential medicine as long as you don't overdose”
Dean Koontz, Forever Odd

Bertrand Russell
“The difficulty is that, so long as unreason prevails, a solution of our troubles can only be reached by chance; for while reason, being impersonal, makes universal co-operation possible, unreason, since it represents private passions, makes strife inevitable. It is for this reason that rationality, in the sense of an appeal to a universal and impersonal standard of truth, is of supreme importance to the well-being of the human species.”
Bertrand Russell, In Praise of Idleness and Other Essays

Roger Scruton
“Nonsense has taken up residence in the heart of public debate and also in the academy. This nonsense is part of the huge fund of unreason on which the plans and schemes of optimists draw for their vitality. Nonsense confiscates meaning. It thereby puts truth and falsehood, reason and unreason, light and darkness on an equal footing. It is a blow cast in defence of intellectual freedom, as the optimists construe it, namely the freedom to believe anything at all, provided you feel better for it.”
Roger Scruton, The Uses of Pessimism: And the Danger of False Hope

Laurence Overmire
“We have listened to the voices of hate, the voices of selfish unreason for far too long. Only the voices of peace will lead us where we need to be.”
Laurence Overmire, New York Minute: An Actor's Memoir