Quotations that match 'irrational'.

Human beings are the only creatures who are able to behave irrationally in the name of reason.
[ Able Behave Beings Creatures Human Irrationally Name Only Reason]
Nine-tenths of tactics are certain, and taught in books: but the irrational tenth is like the kingfisher flashing across the pool, and that is the test of generals.
[ Across Books Certain Flashing Generals Irrational Nine-Tenths Pool Tactics Taught Tenth Test]
I think it would be very foolish not to take the irrational seriously.
[ Foolish Irrational Seriously Take Think Very Would]
I have been primarily interested in how and why ordinary people do unusual things, things that seem alien to their natures. Why do good people sometimes act evil? Why do smart people sometimes do dumb or irrational things?
[ Act Alien Been Dumb Evil Good How Interested Irrational Natures Ordinary Primarily Seem Smart Sometimes Their Things Unusual Why]
Poetry involves the mysteries of the irrational perceived through rational words.
[ Involves Irrational Mysteries Perceived Poetry Rational Through Words]
Fear of serious injury alone cannot justify oppression of free speech and assembly. Men feared witches and burnt women. It is the function of speech to free men from the bondage of irrational fears. History
[ Alone Assembly Bondage Burnt Cannot Fear Feared Fears Free Function Injury Irrational Justify Men Oppression Serious Speech Witches Women]
We must not demonstrate any arrogance, and we must refrain from any irrational or undemocratic behavior.
[ Any Arrogance Behavior Demonstrate Irrational Must Refrain Undemocratic]
Racists are irrational and illogical in their attempts to justify their prejudices.
[ Attempts Illogical Irrational Justify Prejudices Racists Their]
I approach my character with the question: What would an animal think? How would an animal respond? A lot of times, it's quick action and no fear, and sometimes it's irrational fear. You don't always know.
[ Action Always Animal Approach Character Fear How Irrational Know Lot Question Quick Respond Sometimes Think Times Would]
Most of the time common stocks are subject to irrational and excessive price fluctuations in both directions as the consequence of the ingrained tendency of most people to speculate or gamble... to give way to hope, fear and greed.
[ Both Common Consequence Directions Excessive Fear Fluctuations Gamble Give Greed Hope Ingrained Irrational Most Price Speculate Stocks Subject Tendency Time Way]
Nothing is perfect. Life is messy. Relationships are complex. Outcomes are uncertain. People are irrational.
[ Complex Irrational Life Messy Nothing Outcomes Perfect Relationships Uncertain]
The scientific spirit is of more value than its products, and irrationally held truths may be more harmful than reasoned errors.
[ Errors Harmful Held Irrationally May More Products Reasoned Scientific Spirit Than Truths Value]
Having a child is surely the most beautifully irrational act that two people in love can commit.
[ Act Beautifully Child Commit Having Irrational Love Most Surely Two]
You're an actor, are you? Well, all that means is: you are irresponsible, irrational, romantic, and incapable of handling an adult emotion or a universal concept without first reducing it to something personal, material, sensational - and probably sexual!
[ Actor Adult Concept Emotion First Handling Incapable Irrational Irresponsible Material Means Personal Probably Reducing Romantic Sensational Sexual Something Universal Well Without]
You have to think an awful lot about your motivations or people's behavioral intentions or what their body language can indicate or what's really going on or what makes people sometimes do, sometimes, the irrational things they do.
[ Awful Behavioral Body Going Indicate Intentions Irrational Language Lot Makes Motivations Really Sometimes Their Things Think Your]
You must strive to multiply bread so that it suffices for the tables of mankind, and not rather favor an artificial control of birth, which would be irrational, in order to diminish the number of guests at the banquet of life.
[ Artificial Banquet Birth Bread Control Diminish Favor Guests Irrational Life Mankind Multiply Must Number Order Rather Strive Suffices Tables Which Would]
It is the mission of the twentieth century to elucidate the irrational.
[ Century Irrational Mission Twentieth]
Since all life is futility, then the decision to exist must be the most irrational of all.
[ Decision Exist Futility Irrational Life Most Must Since Then]
Superstition is foolish, childish, primitive and irrational - but how much does it cost you to knock on wood?
[ Childish Cost Does Foolish How Irrational Knock Much Primitive Superstition Wood]
It is by no means an irrational fancy that, in a future existence, we shall look upon what we think our present existence, as a dream.
[ Dream Existence Fancy Future Irrational Look Means Our Present Shall Think Upon]
It is not to be forgotten that what we call rational grounds for our beliefs are often extremely irrational attempts to justify our instincts.
[ Attempts Beliefs Call Extremely Forgotten Grounds Instincts Irrational Justify Often Our Rational]
It is even possible that laws which have not their origin in the mind may be irrational, and we can never succeed in formulating them.
[ Even Formulating Irrational Laws May Mind Never Origin Possible Succeed Their Them Which]
As repressed sadists are supposed to become policemen or butchers so those with an irrational fear of life become publishers.
[ Become Butchers Fear Irrational Life Policemen Publishers Repressed Supposed Those]
The more I work with the body, keeping my assumptions in a temporary state of reservation, the more I appreciate and sympathize with a given disease. The body no longer appears as a sick or irrational demon, but as a process with its own inner logic and wisdom.
[ Appears Appreciate Assumptions Body Demon Disease Given Inner Irrational Keeping Logic Longer More Own Process Reservation Sick State Sympathize Temporary Wisdom Work]
The fact that logic cannot satisfy us awakens an almost insatiable hunger for the irrational.
[ Almost Awakens Cannot Fact Hunger Insatiable Irrational Logic Satisfy Us]
The poetry of a people comes from the deep recesses of the unconscious, the irrational and the collective body of our ancestral memories.
[ Ancestral Body Collective Comes Deep Irrational Memories Our Poetry Recesses Unconscious]
Bin Laden does reprehensible activities, and we should surely take care of that by killing him as soon as we can. But he's not an irrational man. He's a very worthy enemy. He's an enemy to worry about.
[ Activities Bin Care Does Enemy Him Irrational Killing Laden Man Reprehensible Should Soon Surely Take Very Worry Worthy]
Great art is as irrational as great music. It is mad with its own loveliness.
[ Art Great Irrational Loveliness Mad Music Own]
What lingers from the parent's individual past, unresolved or incomplete, often becomes part of her or his irrational parenting.
[ Becomes Her His Incomplete Individual Irrational Lingers Often Parent Parenting Part Past Unresolved]
When I was old enough to realize all meat was killed, I saw it as an irrational way of using our power, to take a weaker thing and mutilate it. It was like the way bullies would take control of younger kids in the schoolyard.
[ Bullies Control Enough Irrational Kids Killed Meat Mutilate Old Our Power Realize Saw Schoolyard Take Thing Using Way Weaker Would Younger]
Irrationally held truths may be more harmful than reasoned errors.
[ Errors Harmful Held Irrationally May More Reasoned Than Truths]
Nothing defines humans better than their willingness to do irrational things in the pursuit of phenomenally unlikely payoffs. This is the principle behind lotteries, dating, and religion.
[ Behind Better Dating Defines Humans Irrational Nothing Payoffs Principle Pursuit Religion Than Their Things Unlikely Willingness]
For centuries many of the world's distinguished philosophers have assaulted Christianity as being irrational, superstitious and absurd.
[ Absurd Assaulted Being Centuries Christianity Distinguished Irrational Many Philosophers Superstitious World]
I don't think you can rely on Iran. I don't think you can rely on other radicals like the Taliban. They dispatched Al Qaida to bomb New York and Washington. What were they thinking? Were they that stupid? They weren't stupid. There is an irrationality there, and there is madness in this method.
[ Al Bomb Iran Madness Method New Other Qaida Radicals Rely Stupid Taliban Think Thinking Washington Were Weren York]
It's the irrational things that interest me.
[ Interest Irrational Things]
The more irrational of us are worried about the millennium ending - as if a date would really matter.
[ Date Ending Irrational Matter Millennium More Really Us Worried Would]
The rational mind of man is a shallow thing, a shore upon a continent of the irrational, wherein thin colonies of reason have settled amid a savage world.
[ Amid Colonies Continent Irrational Man Mind Rational Reason Savage Settled Shallow Shore Thin Thing Upon Wherein World]
The irrational in the human has something about it altogether repulsive and terrible, as we see in the maniac, the miser, the drunkard or the ape.
[ Altogether Ape Drunkard Human Irrational Maniac Miser Repulsive See Something Terrible]
If something is irrational, that means it won't work. It's usually unrealistic.
[ Irrational Means Something Unrealistic Usually Won Work]
Orwell was the sort of man who was full of grievances. He was very loyal. Once he got to know you, he was extremely loyal. He hated passionately and irrationally.
[ Extremely Full Got Grievances Hated Irrationally Know Loyal Man Once Orwell Passionately Sort Very]
Violence and irrationality were so long and thoroughly cultivated among the Irish, and so perfectly ingrained into their nature, that modern civilization has as yet been unable to extract the virus.
[ Among Been Civilization Cultivated Extract Ingrained Into Irish Long Modern Nature Perfectly Their Thoroughly Unable Violence Virus Were Yet]
By the way, the point between rationality and what we would call the irrational is a very difficult point to establish. There's no specific line, as you know.
[ Between Call Difficult Establish Irrational Know Line Point Rationality Specific Very Way Would]
I think life's an irrational obsession.
[ Irrational Life Obsession Think]
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.
[ Act Always Argue Calculation Conflict Could Enter Interest Into Irrational Longevity Many Military National Out Rational Regime Stability States Their War Yet]
There's no evidence whatsoever that men are more rational than women. Both sexes seem to be equally irrational.
[ Both Equally Evidence Irrational Men More Rational Seem Sexes Than Whatsoever Women]
Symptoms, those you believe you recognize, seem to you irrational because you take them in an isolated manner, and you want to interpret them directly.
[ Because Believe Directly Interpret Irrational Isolated Manner Recognize Seem Symptoms Take Them Those Want]