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Robert Todd Carroll Quotes and Sayings

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Irrational beliefs are culturally accepted delusions.
- Robert Todd Carroll

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Having a child is surely the most beautifully irrational
act that two people in love can commit.
- Bill Cosby

It is the mission of the twentieth century to elucidate the irrational.
- Maurice Merleau-Ponty

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.
- Edgar Allan Poe

 

Nothing is perfect.
Life is messy.
Relationships are complex.
Outcomes are uncertain.
People are irrational.
- Hugh Mackay

The more irrational of us are worried about the millennium ending -
as if a date would really matter.
- Sting

The poetry of a people comes from the deep recesses of the unconscious,
the irrational and the collective body of our ancestral memories.
- Margaret Walker

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Great art is as irrational as great music.
It is mad with its own loveliness.
- George Jean Nathan

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.
- Jacques Lacan

It is not to be forgotten that what we call rational
grounds for our beliefs are often extremely irrational
attempts to justify our instincts.
- Thomas Huxley

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.
- Wilford O. Cross

It's the irrational things that interest me.
- Harrison Birtwistle

Racists are irrational and illogical in their attempts
to justify their prejudices.
- Sargent Shriver

Since all life is futility, then the decision to exist
must be the most irrational of all.
- Emile M. Cioran

Superstition is foolish, childish, primitive and irrational -
but how much does it cost you to knock on wood?
- Judith Viorst

What lingers from the parent's individual past,
unresolved or incomplete, often becomes part of her
or his irrational parenting.
- Virginia Satir

For centuries many of the world's distinguished philosophers
have assaulted Christianity as being irrational,
superstitious and absurd.
- Josh McDowell

Poetry involves the mysteries of the irrational perceived through rational words.
- Vladimir Nabokov

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.
- George Santayana

We must not demonstrate any arrogance,
and we must refrain from any irrational or undemocratic behavior.
- Chen Shui-bian

The fact that logic cannot satisfy us awakens an almost
insatiable hunger for the irrational.
- A. N. Wilson

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.
- Leo Ornstein

There's no evidence whatsoever that men are more rational than women.
Both sexes seem to be equally irrational.
- Albert Ellis

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.
- Arthur Eddington

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.
- Louis D. Brandeis

I think it would be very foolish not to take the irrational seriously.
- Jeanette Winterson

As repressed sadists are supposed to become policemen
or butchers so those with an irrational fear of life become publishers.
- Cyril Connolly

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.
- T. E. Lawrence

I think life's an irrational obsession.
- Sean Penn

If something is irrational, that means it won't work.
It's usually unrealistic.
- Albert Ellis

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.
- River Phoenix

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?
- Philip Zimbardo

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.
- Michael Scheuer

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 Kirby

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!
- George Herman

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.
- Benjamin Graham

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.
- Ron Silver

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.
- Scott Adams

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.
- Pope Paul VI

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.
- George MacDonald

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.
- Victoria Pratt

Be thankful for what you have; you'll end up having more.
If you concentrate on what you don't have,
you will never, ever have enough.
- Oprah Winfrey

Love means not ever having to say you're sorry.
- Erich Segal

Freedom is not worth having if it
does not connote freedom to err.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

If an opinion contrary to your own makes you angry,
that is a sign that you are subconsciously aware
of having no good reason for thinking as you do.
- Bertrand Russell

Only put off until tomorrow
what you are willing to die having left undone.
- Pablo Picasso

Wealth consists not in having great possessions,
but in having few wants.
- Epictetus

Even the rich are hungry for love,
for being cared for, for being wanted,
for having someone to call their own.
- Mother Teresa

The key to happiness is having dreams.
The key to success is making your dreams come true.
- Anonymous

Loving, hating, having expectations:
all these are attachments.
Attachment prevents the growth of one's true being.
- Lao Tzu

We never repent of having eaten too little.
- Thomas Jefferson

By having a reverence for life,
we enter into a spiritual relation with the world.
By practicing reverence for life we become good, deep, and alive.
- Albert Schweitzer

Self-care is critical to having a strong inner foundation.
Taking good care of YOU means the people in your life
will receive the best of you rather than what is left of you.
- Lorraine Cohen

The tragedy of life doesn't lie in not reaching your goal.
The tragedy lies in having no goal to reach.
- Benjamin E. Mays

Having set a direction, begin - begin today.
Take action - take action every day.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The voyage of discovery is not in seeking new landscapes
but in having new eyes.
- Marcel Proust

The sage does not hoard.
The more he helps others, the more he benefits himself,
Having bestowed all he has on others, he has yet more;
having given all he has to others, he is richer still.
- Lao Tzu

Our unhappiness is triggered by either
having less than yesterday,
or having less than our neighbor.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

We are not human beings having a spiritual experience.
We are spiritual beings having a human experience.
- Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

Visualize your end result as having already been accomplished.
Let the image of your success play on the giant screen
in full color with surround sound -
so real you can smell and taste it.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

All unhappiness comes from either
having less than yesterday,
or from having less than one's neighbor.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I am not the same having seen the moon shine
on the other side of the world.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

I forgive myself completely for having created stories of suffering.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

One of the advantages of being disorganized is that
one is always having surprising discoveries.
- A. A. Milne (Winnie-The-Pooh)

Lives based on having are less free
than lives based on doing or being.
- E.Y. Harburg

Many important things shouldn't be done half-way.
Think of getting married, having children,
starting a business, changing your career.
There are times to gather your courage
and make the leap, the whole leap.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Having a personal opinion is great.
Believing that one's personal opinion is absolute truth
leads to most of the world's troubles.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

If we like what we do, if we always do our best,
then we are really enjoying life.
We are having fun, we don't get bored,
we don't have frustrations.
- don Miguel Ruiz

Rarely do we find men who willingly engage in hard, solid thinking.
There is an almost universal quest
for easy answers and half-baked solutions.
Nothing pains some people more than having to think.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

The only thing worse than being blind is having sight but no vision.
- Helen Keller

Falling in love and having a relationship
are two different things.
- Keanu Reeves


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