A Quote by sam harris on mysticism, religion, spirituality, and reason

Mysticism is a rational enterprise. Religion is not. The mystic has recognized something about the nature of consciousness prior to thought, and this recognition is susceptible to rational discussion. The mystic has reasons for what he believes, and these reasons are empirical. The roiling mystery of the world can be analyzed with concepts (this is science), or it can be experienced free of concepts (this is myticism). Religion is nothing more than bad concepts held in place of good ones for all time. It is the denial--at once full of hope and full of fear--of the vastitude of human ignorance.

sam harris

Source: The End of Faith: Religion, Terror, and the Future of Reason, Pages: 221

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A Quote by Deepak Chopra on deepak, chopra, exist, existence, happiness, happy, nourish, nourishment, fulfullment, and reason

Why are we here?  We exist not to pursue happiness, which is fleeting, or outer accomplishment, which can always be bettered.  We are here to nourish the self.

Deepak Chopra

Source: 'Golf for Enlightenment', book

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A Quote by Terry Goodkind on law and reason


Reason and reality are the only means to just laws; mindless wishes, if given sovereignty, become deadly masters.

Terry Goodkind

Source: Faith of the Fallen (Sword of Truth, Book 6)

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A Quote by Evelyn Y on peter, bible, hope, reason, answers, prepared, and prepare

Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you the reason for the HOPE that you have.

Evelyn Y

Source: 1 Peter 3:15 NIV

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A Quote by Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche on madness, love, and reason

There is always some madness in love. But there is also always some reason in madness.

Friedrich Nietzsche (1844 - 1900)

Source: On Reading & Writing

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A Quote by George Washington on government, reason, force, politics, freedom, liberty, economics, and society

Government is not reason; it is not eloquence. It is force. Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master.

George Washington (1732 - 1799)

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A Quote by Benjamin Franklin on faith and reason

"The way to see by faith is to shut the eye of reason."

Benjamin Franklin (1706 - 1790)

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A Quote by Kenneth Smith on philosophy and reason

For those who do not make the transition to a matured, more spiritual self-will reason will indeed be no more than rationalization. Here is a prodigious parallel:  just as in antiquity the dysdaimonic personality could not appreciate how his mentality was bound in by his characterological (banausic, doulic) biases, so in modernity the facile or abstractivist rationalist cannot comprehend how his "rationality" merely slavishly subserves his appetites, delusions, preconceptions, ideologies, etc. 

Kenneth Smith

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A Quote by Kenneth Smith on philosophy, reason, passions, desires, and slavery

Most humans know their own "reason" only in the sense that Hume defined it, as "a slave to the passions"--and by "passions" he meant not moral passions or the passions of transcendent genius, but only low appetites or base desires, which society and economy ultimately shape and spur on in us.

Kenneth Smith

Contributed by: Dave

A Quote by Thomas Jefferson on erroneous opinion and reason

Errors of opinion may be tolerated where reason is left free to combat it.

Thomas Jefferson (1743 - 1826)

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