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Illegal immigrants make a rational choice when they decide to violate our immigration laws. They weigh the costs, including the risks of getting caught, against the benefits of a better life.
Jan C. Ting
Every aspect of Western culture needs a new code of ethics - a rational ethics - as a precondition of rebirth.
The meme for blind faith secures its own perpetuation by the simple unconscious expedient of discouraging rational inquiry.
Man is a rational animal who always loses his temper when called upon to act in accordance with the dictates of reason.
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.
While the miser is merely a capitalist gone mad, the capitalist is a rational miser.
Of all the ways of defining man, the worst is the one which makes him out to be a rational animal.
Refusal to believe until proof is given is a rational position; denial of all outside of our own limited experience is absurd.
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?'
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.
It is not to be forgotten that what we call rational grounds for our beliefs are often extremely irrational attempts to justify our instincts.
Science stands for rational thought, faith for superstition and unreason.
No rational argument will have a rational effect on a man who does not want to adopt a rational attitude.
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.
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.
A man can believe a considerable deal of rubbish, and yet go about his daily work in a rational and cheerful manner.
The being cannot be termed rational or virtuous, who obeys any authority, but that of reason.
Indeed, in view of its function, religion stands in greater need of a rational foundation of its ultimate principles than even the dogmas of science.
I think I got off on the wrong planet. Beam me up Scotty, there's no rational life here.
Robert Anton Wilson
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.
The human race will then become one family, and the world will be the dwelling of Rational Men.
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.
When I was a young person I went to the university and I learned a rational language, to think with the left side of the brain. But in the right side of the brain you have intuition and imagination. Words are not the truth; they indicate the way to go, but you need to go alone, in silence. Symbols have a language that kills the words.
To him who looks upon the world rationally, the world in its turn presents a rational aspect. The relation is mutual.
Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel
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.
Alfred North Whitehead
John F. Kennedy
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