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We’ve collected the best Rational Quotes from the greatest minds of the world: Sophie Kennedy Clark, Frederick Douglass, Mark Goulston, Michael Shermer, John McDonnell. Use them as an inspiration.

In real life, I’m very rational, and I’m not very dramatic.
Sophie Kennedy Clark
When men sow the wind it is rational to expect that they will reap the whirlwind.
The amygdala is like a point guard in the emotional part of your middle brain. When it is overwhelmed, it hijacks you away from being able to access your upper rational brain and think and assess what to do. It essentially disables your ability to think.
Being a skeptic just means being rational and empirical: thinking and seeing before believing.
I made the case for public ownership in ‘Another World is Possible’ – a manifesto for 21st-century socialism – as it is the most rational approach for managing resources in the long-term interest of the entire community.
The happy mediumtruth in all things – is no longer either known or valued; to gain applause, one must write things so inane that they might be played on barrel-organs, or so unintelligible that no rational being can comprehend them, though on that very account, they are likely to please.
Food is not rational. Food is culture, habit, craving and identity.
The Enlightenment view of mankind is a complete myth. It leads us into thinking we’re sane and rational creatures most of the time, and we’re not.
I approve designs not because I think I am more gifted or somebody who can see ahead three or four years from now, but just to make sure that the design is a logical, rational decision, taken after analyzing pros and cons.
Very bad things follow when we kid ourselves that we’re naturally rational, rather than the more humbling truth: naturally emotional.
A king is always a king – and a woman always a woman: his authority and her sex ever stand between them and rational converse.
Mary Shelley
The being cannot be termed rational or virtuous, who obeys any authority, but that of reason.
Crisis alone is not enough. There must also be a basis, though it need be neither rational nor ultimately correct, for faith in the particular candidate chosen.
Thomas Kuhn
We think, each of us, that we’re much more rational than we are. And we think that we make our decisions because we have good reasons to make them. Even when it’s the other way around. We believe in the reasons, because we’ve already made the decision.
Rational beliefs bring us closer to getting good results in the real world.
My family is out of the ordinary in our physical lifestyle and the day-to-day things that we deal with, but my approach to them is pretty rational and sound. And I’m the quiet one! It’s very different from my performing life.
Dee Snider
China should be developing through the various foreign investments it receives. I hope for its level-headed and rational understanding that anything to discourage that is a disservice to itself.
I add this, that rational ability without education has oftener raised man to glory and virtue, than education without natural ability.
By bringing about a rational drug policy, we’d be freeing up a lot of resources for real crime. Drug disputes would get played out with courts rather than with guns. So it would make this country a much better place overnight.
There’s no evidence whatsoever that men are more rational than women. Both sexes seem to be equally irrational.
In general I was a good kid. It usually took a lot to make me mad. But once I reached the boiling point, I lost all rational control. Totally without thinking, when my anger was aroused, I grabbed the nearest brick, rock, or stick to bash someone. It was as if I had no conscious will in the matter.
Buying a home is a very emotional process. It’s important to remain rational and stick with your price limit while buying.
I’ve always been interested in the intersection between our rational and our unconscious lives.
Ever since the Enlightenment, people thought that we were living in a rational universe. They thought that God was a mathematician and that the function of the scientist was to figure out the mathematical rules whereby the universe was created.
Since coming back from overseas, this is more of a foreign country than the places overseas. I don’t understand it. It’s like America has lost faith in rational thought.
It is essential to an architect to know how to see: I mean to see in such a way that the vision is not overpowered by rational analysis.
Luis Barragan
Papa always makes it clear that he would like to know me as much more rational and lucid than the girls and women he gets to know during his analytic hours.
Anna Freud
There are two kinds of terrorism. Rational terrorism such as Palestinian terrorism and apocalyptic terrorism like Sept. 11. You have to distinguish between the two.
It is not rational, never mindappropriate,’ to impose billions of dollars in economic costs in return for a few dollars in health or environmental benefits.
Emotions are one of the main things that derail communication. Once people get upset at one another, rational thinking goes out of the window.
Hate is irrational. I am a rational person.
Human decision-making is complex. On our own, our tendency to yield to short-term temptations, and even to addictions, may be too strong for our rational, long-term planning.
I think the Democratic Party has picked a lot of the wrong candidates, the kind that Middle America, or people who are more down the middle and more rational, can’t side with. I think that’s been the problem.
No one ever pretended that shopping for anything is a rational experience. If it were, would there be Fluffernutter? Laceless sneakers? Porkpie hats? Would the Chia Pet even exist?
There are plenty of good, rational, compassionate and talented conservatives who deserve a microphone and a platform. It’s time to pass the baton to a new generation of leaders who don’t speak – or think – like Archie Bunker.
My mother wasn’t rational those last years; if she had been, she would have been horrified by her own behavior.
I’m not that worried about war. Insecurity is the word I would use – insecurity and tension and conflict. I thought civilized people had abandoned wars. Sometimes people don’t make rational decisions.
I think most people, most rational people, most people that I would feel comfortable sitting in a room with, understand that wrestling is scripted entertainment. But they don’t want you to remind them of that.
Bitcoin is really a fascinating example of how human beings create value, and is not always rational… tt is not a rational currency in that case.
I’m always quite rational.
I am an Epicurean. I consider the genuine (not the imputed) doctrines of Epicurus as containing everything rational in moral philosophy which Greek and Roman leave to us.
Force-backed humanitarianism, which relies on rational influence over events in other countries, may have been a more feasible project in the bipolar era of the Cold War, with its relatively defined and stable web of alliances and proxies.
Making recess appointments when the Senate isn’t in recess is neither rational nor moderate. It’s a raw misuse of executive power by a president whose love of government is his most vulnerable spot with the electorate.
It is my earnest hope that all parties across the political spectrum will bear Hong Kong‘s long-term interests in mind, apply their political wisdom, and seek a consensus through open and rational communication with people of different views.
Conversion and zealotry, just like revelation and apostasy, are flip sides of the same coin, the currency of a political culture having more in common with religion than rational discourse.
Good fellowship and friendship are lasting, rational and manly pleasures.
William Wycherley
Rational intelligence is dangerous and leads to ratiocination. The painter is a medium who doesn’t realize what he is doing. No translation can express the mystery of sensibility, a word, still unreliable, which is nevertheless the basis of painting or poetry, like a kind of alchemy.
The very essence of political philosophy is the carving out of an ethical system – strictly, a subset of ethics dealing with political ethics. Ethics is the one rational discipline that demands the establishment of a rational set of value judgments; political ethics is that subset applying to matters of State.
Human emotion isn’t neatly ordered and rational and easily predictable.
I see Jughead as being generally this really rational dude, this anchor of sensibility in a world of boy/girl-crazy friends.
Perceived value is paramount for most diners; a feeling of satisfaction that what you’ve paid for is commensurate with what you’ve received. That is, provided your expectations are rational.
In the first period religious life appears as a form of discipline which the individual or a whole people must accept as an unconditional command without any rational understanding of the ultimate meaning and purpose of that command.
I tried for about a year to write a teenage character until I finally got the phrase ‘he has lost the power of rational thought and the use of his arms.’ Everything else came from that.
Respect for another man‘s opinion is worthy. It is the realization that any opinion is valuable, for it is the sign of a rational being.
You actually can be passionate about things like making rational decisions based on a thorough airing of the facts, a reasonable and informed debate, a respect for the Constitution that includes, um, knowing about it.
It’s time for the sensible center to rise up and push for a rational approach to our fiscal challenges.
At a certain moment, Yugoslavia stopped being rational, and then you end up going to war.
If a severe pandemic materializes, all of society could pay a heavy price for decades of failing to create a rational system of health care that works for all of us.
Like the ‘little emperors’ of one-child China, too many Boomers were taught early that the world was made (or saved) for their comfort and enjoyment. They behaved accordingly, with a self-indulgence that was wholly rational, given their situation.
In a way, one gets stability from being able to order the rational mind.
Men tend to try to struggle to be more rational and reduce things to simplicity more and are more impatient with ambiguity than women are.
John Crowley
I tend to write first drafts that are incredibly cognitive, very rational, very boring. They come off as justification. Like, ‘This is my idea and here’s all the reasons that it’s right.’ It doesn’t make for very compelling reading.
Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, Mike Lee, and others who raced to the microphones at the slightest hint of Obama overstepping the lines were damn quiet as Trump wildly colored outside the lines of any rational version of executive power.
I learned that most people buy based on emotion, not on a rational breakdown of the product or service.
A man has free choice to the extent that he is rational.
I know what I saw. And the rational explanation is… it was a UFO. There’s UFOs over New York, as the song goes. And I saw another one in the early ’80s, and I know other did people did too.
The more rational an institution is the less it suffers by making concessions to others.
I am death-fearing. I don’t think I’m morbid. That seems to me a fear of death that goes beyond the rational. Whereas it seems to me to be entirely rational to fear death!
Insanity – a perfectly rational adjustment to an insane world.
R. D. Laing
Despite all the lunacy of the last century, all the absurdity of war and genocide, we believe that humans being are rational and are made to seek the truth.
Timothy Radcliffe
Every aspect of Western culture needs a new code of ethics – a rational ethics – as a precondition of rebirth.
Of course I am partisan in my politics, but my partisanship is rational – which, in my book, is not necessarily oxymoronic.
Criticism is, for me, like essay writing, a wonderful way of relaxation; it doesn’t require a heightened and mediated voice, like prose fiction, but rather a calm, rational, even conversational voice.
Our normal waking consciousness, rational consciousness as we call it, is but one special type of consciousness, whilst all about it, parted from it by the filmiest of screens, there lie potential forms of consciousness entirely different.
Throughout the whole vegetable, sensible, and rational world, whatever makes progress towards maturity, as soon as it has passed that point, begins to verge towards decay.
Robert Blair
I make spaces that are calm rather than confrontational. I seek a certain kind of logic that allows you to move in space and perceive it as beautiful and rational. Clarity is a worthwhile quality.
The bedrock foundation of any rational immigration policy should be to benefit America rather than benefiting potential or existing immigrants, or any other specific group, whether favorable or antagonistic to them.
Have rational expectations for future returns and avoid changing those expectations in response to the ephemeral noise coming from Wall Street.
From 1918 on, trade unionists were to express from the platforms of their congresses the workersdesire for peace through a rational organization of the world.
Leon Jouhaux
Remember, taboos are just a map of what a society feels it’s acceptable to be neurotic about. Taboos aren’t rational.
When you’re filming, not everything is rational.
In the end, rational policy is always good.
What do you do when your world is falling apart? How do you hold onto the real and the rational? I think that’s very relatable for people.
Marketers know – no matter how deep the emotional connection or brand loyalty – when a product does not perform, rational thought overtakes emotion, and most consumers make a new choice.
I’m quite a rational person, but I’m drawn to the irrational. I love coincidences, and I like to question that in fiction: ‘Is this random, or is there something working underneath?’
Lisa Tuttle
I find religion and spirituality fascinating. I would like to believe this isn’t the end and there’s something more, but I can’t convince the rational part of me that that makes any sense whatsoever.
There’s a degree to which music bypasses our rational brain and accesses our emotional core in a way that’s really visceral and allows you to make a strong impression on people without necessary delivering information.
If I were surrounded by angels who were purely rational and had no inclinations at all, I couldn’t do anything for them. I couldn’t make them happy; I couldn’t make them sad, I would be entirely useless as a moral agent.
Thomas Pogge
To me, the question of inspiration is an exercise in hindsight. The truth is, inspiration is mysterious at the time. I don’t think it’s ever a rational process.
A rational model of software is to design it quickly – the economic pressure to improvise presents an interesting challenge.
In a time of crisis, there is rational tendency to turn to the writer.
Feelings are more dangerous than ideas, because they aren’t susceptible to rational evaluation. They grow quietly, spreading underground, and erupt suddenly, all over the place.
Look at Islam in a rational manner and without demagoguery or emotion. It is the leading religion of the world with 1.5 billion followers.
Strong moral arguments exist for why we should often try to ignore stereotypes or override them. But we shouldn’t assume they represent some irrational quirk of the unconscious mind. In fact, they’re largely the consequence of the mind’s attempt to make a rational decision.
It is rational Republicans who want to pull the plug on the Trump presidency.
If I were to ask any parent, ‘Do you love your kid?’ the answer would unequivocally be, ‘Yes.’ If I went on to ask, ‘What would you do to protect your kid from harm’s way?’ any rational parent would answer without skipping a beat, ‘Anything.’
It is widely accepted and understood that consumer decisions are as much influenced by emotional attachments to a product or service as by factors like price and performance. So why is it that when it comes to most aspects of human transportation, the world still seems to believe people are rational machines?
If we did not have rational souls, we would not be able to believe.
The tremendous acquisition of basic knowledge will allow a much more rational treatment of cancer, viral infections, degenerative diseases and, most importantly, mental diseases.
Gunter Blobel
Ironically, from our perspective, Russia finds Iran a stabilizing force. This is because Iran provides a counterweight to all of the Sunni Muslim powers in the region, being predominantly Shia. And Putin actually sees, and the rest of the Russian leadership, sees Iran very much as a rational actor.
If individuals are rational, there is no need to protect them against their own choices.
What’s really great about Buddhism is its rational, informal quality. Coming from my experience of growing up a Catholic, I found Buddhism to be refreshingly easygoing and forgiving.
Few people have ever seriously wished to be exclusively rational. The good life which most desire is a life warmed by passions and touched with that ceremonial grace which is impossible without some affectionate loyalty to traditional form and ceremonies.
Joseph Wood Krutch
No amount of extra civil servants recruited to deliver Brexit will make up for a lack of rational debate or for political judgments distorted by a desire to sound tough in order to appeal to narrow sectional interests.
Pope John Paul II was a great presence on the stage. Pope Benedict is a much more gentle and refined person, and I think he benefits greatly from the television close-ups because he wants to engage in a dialogue, in conversation. He wants to put forward his views in a measured, eloquent, rational way.
With writing, you really have to have faith. You have to have some sort of confidence that if you keep at it, you will get where you need to go, because there are so many points where a rational person would quit.
Scott Spencer
Original sin is the only rational solution of the undeniable fact of the deep, universal and early manifested sinfulness of men in all ages, of every class, and in every part of the world.
At the constitutional level where we work, 90 percent of any decision is emotional. The rational part of us supplies the reasons for supporting our predilections.
William O. Douglas
Yes, I believe in equality. But I don’t like the word ‘feminist,’ because it’s such a rational belief to think that women are equal to men, and I’m a rational person. You shouldn’t be labeled for being reasonable.
I think one of the important evolutions is that we no longer feel compulsively the need to argue, or to justify things on a kind of rational level. We are much more willing to admit that certain things are completely instinctive and others are really intellectual.
There are a lot of scientists or other people who can be very skeptical or rational within their field, but they may well not do that in other aspects of their lives, when it comes to things like religion, or what have you. People have this amazing gift for being selective with their curiosity and skepticism.
What our leaders and pundits never let slip is that the terrorists – whatever else they might be – might also be rational human beings; which is to say that in their own minds they have a rational justification for their actions.
William Blum
I started to call myself a rational therapist in 1955; later I used the term rational emotive. Now I call myself a rational emotive behavior therapist.
I guess law was always interesting to me because you deal with constants. I like to deal with constants, abstracts, constants and reason and ration, rational approaches to things. I don’t know, I never really thought why I wanted to study law. But if you ask me whether I would do it again, absolutely.
I am a rational person. I am moderate. I am humble.
Charles Michel
A man can believe a considerable deal of rubbish, and yet go about his daily work in a rational and cheerful manner.
Norman Douglas
I think I got off on the wrong planet. Beam me up Scotty, there’s no rational life here.
No crime can ever be defended on rational grounds.
Refusal to believe until proof is given is a rational position; denial of all outside of our own limited experience is absurd.
I’ll wager there isn’t a human being on earth who doesn’t believe in luck, however rational they pretend to be in public life. In reality, most of human life is luck – and, of course, its darker, more prevalent opposite. One only has to live long enough to experience both.
I’m very rational. I tend to let my head rule my heart.
How can a rational being be ennobled by any thing that is not obtained by its own exertions?
There are so many different kinds of motivation for investing or giving or parting with your money in whatever other way, and plain old financial return is obviously attractive. But people are not always rational and are not just looking for that.
Jessica Jackley
We are in a far better position to observe instincts in animals or in primitives than in ourselves. This is due to the fact that we have grown accustomed to scrutinizing our own actions and to seeking rational explanations for them.
I grew up Catholic, and when you’ve grown up, and these belief systems have been presented to you at a young, impressionable age, I don’t know that you can shake them. Even if your rational mind tells you something else, sometimes they’re so deeply ingrained that they are with you for the rest of your life.
Sometimes, I work a little more from emotion than I do from rational thought.
I’m not emotional about investments. Investing is something where you have to be purely rational and not let emotion affect your decision making – just the facts.
Bill Ackman
The task of a university is the creation of the future, so far as rational thought and civilized modes of appreciation can affect the issue.
I always loved movies. I wanted to be in them! I always saw them and said, ‘How do you do that?’ It seemed like going to the moon. It was not a rational thought, but that’s the only thing I wanted to do.
In a dream it‘s typical not to be rational.
From inside where I live, I feel like I just perceive events in a certain rational way. I often find it sad or poignant, and it may not make me laugh a bit. But I don’t mind inventing a portrait that allows others to laugh if that’s what they want to do.
Madeline Kahn
The human race will then become one family, and the world will be the dwelling of Rational Men.
Adam Weishaupt
Be able to defend your arguments in a rational way. Otherwise, all you have is an opinion.
The movement of many people through a building can be musical, if the movement is harmonious, rational, but full of life and feeling.
At the heart of both democracy and capitalism is a simple assumption that, across the board, people make free and relatively rational decisions: that we are, to borrow a medical term, Gillick Competent.
As a physicist, I’ve always found cosmology to be a rational elixir; it distances me from ordinary concerns.
I think political parties can be funded in a perfectly rational way without being corrupt.
With my fighters, there’s no excuses like, ‘Hey, listen, he’s a dumb guy. Came from the mean streets of somewhere. He’s just not all that bright.’ These are educated guys, most of them went to college, they have families, children, etc. These are smart, rational people I’m dealing with.
How is it possible for someone who believes that the world was created in six days to have a rational conversation with me, who doesn’t believe that, about other possibilities?
Washington‘s incredible wastefulness of tax dollars is abhorrent to any sense of fairness or rational thinking.
The lesson of my field, behavioral economics, is that we need to understand the ways in which we differ from the rational human assumed in standard economic theory.
Brits, Scandinavians, Finns, Estonians consider themselves rational, logical, unencumbered by emotional arguments; we are businesslike, stubborn, and hard-working.
Every time a twenty-something CEO turns down a multibillion-dollar offer for a company that has little or no revenues, it hits a raw nerve in me. Unlike most professionals, I am not shocked by the seemingly bizarre behavior of those founders who pursue their vision beyond all rational thought or monetary reward.
I think it’s rational to assume the best in other people because most people are pretty decent.
Panic implies that there is no rational thought taking place. That we are frozen and incapable of adjusting. Powerless to logic, and subject to seemingly unthinkable behavior.
I’m not anti-intellectual, but primarily, I try to feel things. Emotions aren’t always rational; it’s not possible to put them into words.
My brother and I both used to worry about dying at 40 because our father died at 40. That probably wasn’t terribly rational, since my father led a rather unhealthy lifestyle, shall we say.
I never map things out in advance. It would be better if I did and more economical in terms of time, but I’ve found that if you work out a plot line from beginning to end, at the beginning it becomes very rational.
What is faith? If you believe something because you have evidence for it, or rational argument, that is not faith. So faith seems to be believing something despite the absence of evidence or rational argument for it.
But it is strange how many rational beings believe the ultimate truths of the universe to be reducible to patterns on a blackboard.
Frederick Pollock
Family relationships trigger childhood wounds, and those wounds often trump our rational thinking. We can’t ‘rationally’ transcend the kind of primal pain that such relationships can arouse.
Yes, America’s vast foreign service and intelligence organs may disagree with that assessment. And some of Israel‘s most senior intelligence figures regard Iran as dangerous, but rational. But in Netanyahu‘s view, diplomacy has had its moment.
Our rational, realistic goals for ‘Better Call Saul’ were simply that it wouldn’t suck, and it wouldn’t embarrass us. It didn’t rise much higher than that, to be honest.
My rational mind knows I am blessed. So many women – some of whom I’ve interviewed over the years – endure infertility and childlessness.
Most investors give too much credence to the theory that prices are rational; they presume that a market collapse must have been justified by serious economic trouble.
You can’t ‘work through worry and fear rationally,’ because fear isn’t rational!
So far as discipline is concerned, freedom means not its absence but the use of higher and more rational forms as contrasted with those that are lower or less rational.
We are convinced that locking Russia out of Europe is not rational.
I did a lot of work without thinking about it in a calm, rational way. Stopping and thinking about what I was doing made my music calmer and deeper in tone.
The idea that there is a rational truth out there that is not embodied in a person’s politics is something I can’t understand or subscribe to.
Natalie Jeremijenko
Been trading up recently? You have, haven‘t you? You’ll be squawking that you’re too rational, too busy and too socially concerned for any of that. But go through the fridge – come to think of it, what about the fridge itself? I bet it’s bigger than its predecessor.
When an entrant competitor attacks the low end of any market, the rational reaction of the incumbent firms is to abandon rather than defend it – because the low end is the least profitable of their possible investments.
Unfortunately, most gun control advocates are not really interested in rational debate, and their political games simply send Alice chasing white rabbits down holes.
The legitimacy of coercive acts in a democracy arises from the process by which they are justified and by the degree to which we regard decisions as rational. If the justifications proceed properly, through recognized public institutions, and if they make sense to us, they are legitimate.
In the 1940s, economics started getting highly mathematical. It was basically because economists weren’t smart enough to write down models of real behavior that they started writing down models of highly rational behavior – and they kind of forgot about humans.
A little simplification would be the first step toward rational living, I think.
The rules of friendship are tacit, unconscious; they are not rational. In business, though, you have to think rationally.
Poetry is a form of necessary speech… I have sought to restore the aura of sacred practice that accompanies true poetic creation, to honor both the rational and the irrational elements of poetry.
To say that man is a reasoning animal is a very different thing than to say that most of man’s decisions are based on his rational process. That I don’t believe at all.
Rex Stout
George Bush and John Ashcroft were religious in a scary way, but the rational among us could always take heart that, deep down, the Bush administration was more cynical than messianic.
Of all the ways of defining man, the worst is the one which makes him out to be a rational animal.
Indeed, eventually, random outcomes all revert to the mean, meaning that streaks eventually end. Understanding this is a key part of intelligent and rational investing.
Faith is an act of rational choice, which determines us to act as if certain things were true, and in the confident expectation that they will prove to be true.
A number of politicians have failed to recognise the consistent truth of history: that we’re both an emotional and a rational species, and that we make decisions very emotionally.
Learn computer science. It’s extraordinarily helpful. I like recommending learning economics as well so they think in terms of business, they have rational frameworks for looking at the world, but yeah, computer science is an amazing way to get into, even if you want to be CEO, having a tech background is helpful.
Fabrice Grinda
I have often thought that if a rational Fascist dictatorship were to exist, then it would choose the American system.
There is no rational reason to doubt that the universe has existed indefinitely, for an infinite time. It is only myth that attempts to say how the universe came to be, either four thousand or twenty billion years ago.
Hannes Alfven
Stories need stupid decisions that, at the time, seem absolutely rational and necessary. Without stupid decisions, the world isn’t thrown out of balance, and so there’s no need for a ‘rest of the story‘ to balance it back.
It is only by the rational use of technology; to control and guide what technology is doing; that we can keep any hopes of a social life more desirable than our own: or in fact of a social life which is not appalling to imagine.
Carrie Snow
Man is a rational animal who always loses his temper when he is called upon to act in accordance with the dictates of reason.
At all events, arbitration is more rational, just, and humane than the resort to the sword.
It’s all emotion. But there’s nothing wrong with emotion. When we are in love, we are not rational; we are emotional. When we are on vacation, we are not rational; we are emotional.
People who lean on logic and philosophy and rational exposition end by starving the best part of the mind.
Most astronauts are very down-to-earth people. Many of us, three-quarters, have an engineering degree, and we have a very Cartesian, rational approach to things.
What the Khmer Rouge had in store was a radical agrarian revolution, one with the professed aim of completely renovating society while giving the peasants a better life, of evening the rewards and feeding the hungry, of bringing a rational and utilitarian nation-state into being.
A nudge is some feature of the environment that changes the behaviour of humans but would not change the behaviour of rational economic agents, what we call Econs.
Rational anxiety is when you’re aware of the source of your anxiety. Like, if I have to host an award show or talk to millions of people on the radio, I’m going to feel anxious, and I know why. Irrational anxiety is when I’m leaving CVS, and there’s a car behind me, and I’m wondering if he’s following me home.
In a rational society we would want our presidents to be teachers. In our actual society we insist they be cheerleaders.
What has struck me about the political world, as opposed to the business world, is that rational discourse has become all but impossible. All too often, arguments are conducted not on the basis of facts but on the basis of emotion – and, honestly, it is no fun being abused in the pages of tabloid newspapers or online.
As an engineer, I learned that a long time ago: you don’t want to get into a rational discussion about irrational subjects.
Instead of exporting what they perceived to be rational, modern, humane government to their colonies, the British often found themselves propping up deeply unattractive and corrupt princelings and client rulers because this was the cheapest way of maintaining control.
Presented with the claims of nineteenth-century racist anthropology, a rational person will ask two sorts of questions: ‘What is the scientific status of the claims?’ ‘What social or ideological needs do they serve?’
Back in 1968, when I was 30, my entire life blew up. I had a life plan, and it collapsed for no rational reason.
The notion of humans as inherently rational beings has been not only trashed in economics, but trashed in all the best research on moral decision-making.
Many mathematicians derive part of their self-esteem by feeling themselves the proud heirs of a long tradition of rational thinking; I am afraid they idealize their cultural ancestors.
As history reminds us again and again, wars are not always made on the basis of rational calculations: often the contrary.
I tend to be cautious and rational, prone to keep everything under control.
The word ‘tolerance‘ once meant we all have the right to argue rationally for our deepest convictions in the public arena. Now it means those convictions are not even subject to rational debate.
I believe there are two types of business people – risky and rational.
Economists discount any factors that would not influence the thinking of a rational person.
You could argue that war is always an irrational act, and yet many states enter into military conflict out of rational calculation or national interest or the stability or longevity of their regime.
William C. Kirby
The rational man finds that his share of the cost of the wastes he discharges into the commons is less than the cost of purifying his wastes before releasing them.
Some of the most powerful memories are those when you are very, very young. Adult life is seen through the reflection of complex, rational thought.
While the miser is merely a capitalist gone mad, the capitalist is a rational miser.
The Founding Fathers worried that ‘some common impulse of passion’ might lead many to subvert the rights of the few. It’s a rational fear, one that is played out endlessly.
The muse, the beloved, and duende are three ways of thinking of what is the source of poetry, and all three seem to me different names or different ways to think about something that is not entirely reasonable, not entirely subject to the will, not entirely rational.
The great advantage of being human is that we can employ rational thought and resolve to change our circumstances.
We live in an epoch where rational reasoning associated with evidence isn’t universally accepted and is, in fact, in jeopardy. That worries me a lot.
If I have something that I’ve finished with, and someone else might find value in it, the idea of passing along for a price is a rational transaction. It exists in many aspects of our lives. But I do have to say that media is a different beast.
Writers do not want to think they are less rational than other people, and at the mercy of compulsions, but in their hearts they know they are like those people who are taken for walks by their dogs, towed through hedges and ditches by an untrained sub-human energy.
Books choose their authors; the act of creation is not entirely a rational and conscious one.
The development of a rational view of the nature of catalysis was thus absolutely dependent on the creation of the concept of the rate of chemical reaction.
Wilhelm Ostwald
There is an overabundance of rational reasons to say no to factory-farmed meat: It is the No. 1 cause of global warming, it systematically forces tens of billions of animals to suffer in ways that would be illegal if they were dogs, it is a decisive factor in the development of swine and avian flus, and so on.
When I was a very young author, I knew I needed to build myself a tower outside of Europe. Like when you’re a hunter, and build towers to watch the animals move. I knew I would never understand the world without that perspective. I came to Africa for that rational reason, although I love Mozambique now.
Architecture is not an inspirational business, it’s a rational procedure to do sensible and hopefully beautiful things; that’s all.
Harry Seidler
If you ask what you are going to do about global warming, the only rational answer is to change the way in which we do transportation, energy production, agriculture and a good deal of manufacturing. The problem originates in human activity in the form of the production of goods.
Universities are the custodians not only of the many cultures of man, but of the rational process itself.
Edward Levi
My job is making irrational people do rational things.
But when it comes to writing the thing that I’ve sort of been thinking about lately, is why? You know, is it rational? Is it logical that anybody should be expected to be afraid of the work that they feel they were put on this Earth to do.
Selecting about 100 judges of the higher judiciary every year in a rational and fair manner is an onerous task requiring a full-time and not an ex-officio body. An ex-officio body of sitting judges and ministers cannot devote the kind of time required for this job.