We All Have Our Reasons

Sunday, July 12, 2009 – We All Have Our Reasons

The very purpose of existence is to reconcile the glowing opinion we have of ourselves with the appalling things that other people think about us. ~ Quentin Crisp

God runs electromagnetics by wave theory on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, and the Devil runs them by quantum theory on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday. ~ Sir William Bragg

He who builds a better mousetrap these days runs into material shortages, patent-infringement suits, work stoppages, collusive bidding, discount discrimination – and taxes. ~ H. E. Martz

Man has to suffer. When he has no real afflictions, he invents some. ~ Jose Marti

Nothing is as simple as we hope it will be. ~ Jim Horning

If you’re not scared or angry at the thought of a human brain being controlled remotely, then it could be this prototype of mine is finally starting to work. ~ John Alejandro King

Everybody lies, but it doesn’t matter because nobody listens. ~ Nick Diamos

When I was young, I used to admire intelligent people; as I grow older, I admire kind people. ~ Abraham Joshua Heschel

There’s nothing I like less than bad arguments for a view that I hold dear. ~ Daniel Dennett

Feelings are not supposed to be logical. Dangerous is the man who has rationalized his emotions. ~ David Borenstein

Why hate someone for the color of their skin when there are much better reasons to hate them. ~ Denis Leary

I’ll not listen to reason… Reason always means what someone else has got to say. Elizabeth Gaskell

To hell with reality! I want to die in music, not in reason or in prose. People don’t deserve the restraint we show by not going into delirium in front of them. To hell with them! ~ Louis-Ferdinand Céline

He did not arrive at this conclusion by the decent process of quiet, logical deduction, nor yet by the blinding flash of glorious intuition, but by the shoddy, untidy process halfway between the two by which one usually gets to know things. ~ Margery Allingham

Fanatics are picturesque, mankind would rather see gestures than listen to reasons. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche

A prince never lacks legitimate reasons to break his promise. ~ Niccolo Machiavelli

How quick come the reasons for approving what we like! ~ Jane Austen

I’m spending a year dead for tax reasons. ~ Douglas Adams

Youth does not require reasons for living, it only needs pretexts. ~ Jose Ortega y Gasset

A woman uses her intelligence to find reasons to support her intuition. ~ G. K. Chesterton

There are three reasons for becoming a writer: the first is that you need the money; the second that you have something to say that you think the world should know; the third is that you can’t think what to do with the long winter evenings. ~ Quentin Crisp

People go to church for the same reasons they go to a tavern: to stupefy themselves, to forget their misery, to imagine themselves, for a few minutes anyway, free and happy. ~ Mikhail Bakunin

There are two reasons why I’m in show business, and I’m standing on both of them. ~ Betty Grable

I have found some of the best reasons I ever had for remaining at the bottom simply by looking at the men at the top. ~ Frank Moore Colby

A fact is like a sack – it won’t stand up if it’s empty. To make it stand up, first you have to put in it all the reasons and feelings that caused it in the first place. ~ Luigi Pirandello

In politics, it seems, retreat is honorable if dictated by military considerations and shameful if even suggested for ethical reasons. ~ Mary McCarthy

Nobody climbs mountains for scientific reasons. Science is used to raise money for the expeditions, but you really climb for the hell of it. ~ Edmund Hillary

The more one analyses people, the more all reasons for analysis disappear. Sooner or later one comes to that dreadful universal thing called human nature. ~ Oscar Wilde

How good bad music and bad reasons sound when we march against an enemy. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche

The best reason for having dreams is that in dreams no reasons are necessary. ~ Ashleigh Brilliant

Decide promptly, but never give any reasons. Your decisions may be right, but your reasons are sure to be wrong. ~ Lord Mansfield

For business reasons, I must preserve the outward signs of sanity. ~ Mark Twain

Finding bad reasons for what one believes for other bad reasons – that’s philosophy. ~ Aldous Huxley

The happiest people seem to be those who have no particular reason for being happy except that they are so. ~ William Inge