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Steve Allen Quotes and Sayings

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In a rational society we would want our presidents to be teachers.
In our actual society we insist they be cheerleaders.
- Steve Allen

Humor is a social lubricant that helps us get over some of the bad spots.
- Steve Allen

One of the nice things about problems is that a good
many of them do not exist except in our imaginations.
- Steve Allen

I used to be a heavy gambler.
But now I just make mental bets.
That's how I lost my mind.
- Steve Allen

 

Totalitarianism is patriotism institutionalized.
- Steve Allen

If there is a God, the phrase that must disgust him is -
holy war.
- Steve Allen

Ours is a government of checks and balances.
The Mafia and crooked businessmen make out checks,
and the politicians and other compromised officials
improve their bank balances.
- Steve Allen

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Asthma doesn't seem to bother me any more unless I'm around cigars or dogs.
The thing that would bother me most would be a dog smoking a cigar.
- Steve Allen

If the Old Testament were a reliable guide in the matter of capital punishment,
half the people in the United States would have to be killed tomorrow.
- Steve Allen

The hair is real - it's the head that's a fake.
- Steve Allen

Dark energy is perhaps the biggest mystery in physics.
- Steve Allen

A little simplification would be
the first step toward rational living.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

The intuitive mind is a sacred gift
and the rational mind is a faithful servant.
We have created a society that honors the servant
and has forgotten the gift.
- Albert Einstein

Architecture is not an inspirational business,
it's a rational procedure to do sensible and hopefully beautiful things;
that's all.
- Harry Seidler

Gardening is not a rational act.
- Margaret Atwood

The will to believe chases out the rational mind,
whenever and wherever the two come into conflict.
- Philip K. Dick

My father was the most rational and the most dispassionate of men.
- Simon Newcomb

People who lean on logic and philosophy and rational
exposition end by starving the best part of the mind.
- William Butler Yeats

No rational argument will have a rational effect on
a man who does not want to adopt a rational attitude.
- Karl Popper

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

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

In a way, one gets stability from being able to order the rational mind.
- Richard Gere

I'm not rational enough to be a good journalist.
- Jim Harrison

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.
- Albert Ellis

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.
- Thomas Jefferson

The more rational an institution is the less it suffers
by making concessions to others.
- George Santayana

My mother wasn't rational those last years;
if she had been,
she would have been horrified by her own behavior.
- Lorna Luft

As long as you have a system that is based on the rational
that if you are making money you are thereby making
a contribution to society,
these financial rogue practices will continue.
- David Korten

The only reason of the institution of civil government;
and the only rational ground of submission to it,
is the common safety and utility.
- Jonathan Mayhew

At all events, arbitration is more rational,
just, and humane than the resort to the sword.
- Richard Cobden

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.
- Charles Horton Cooley

Whichever theory we adopt to give a rational explanation of human existence,
that theory must take into account and explain the
mental nature we see at work in all modern communities.
- Arthur Keith

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

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

Of all the ways of defining man, the worst is the one
which makes him out to be a rational animal.
- Anatole France

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.
- Sargent Shriver

I write plays not to make money, but to stop myself from going mad.
Because it's my way of making the world rational to me.
- Edward Bond

While the miser is merely a capitalist gone mad,
the capitalist is a rational miser.
- Karl Marx

Because some people have sex with people of the same sex,
an entire culture has been created, broadly speaking,
out of oppression.
Which in a rational world would not be an issue.
- Neil Tennant

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

Rational beliefs bring us closer to getting good results in the real world.
- Albert Ellis

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.
- Zbigniew Brzezinski

Books choose their authors; the act of creation is
not entirely a rational and conscious one.
- Salman Rushdie

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

A man can believe a considerable deal of rubbish,
and yet go about his daily work in a rational and cheerful manner.
- Norman Douglas

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

In a completely rational society, the best of us would
be teachers and the rest of us would have to settle for something else.
- Lee Iacocca

Man is a rational animal who always loses his temper
when called upon to act in accordance with the dictates of reason.
- Orson Welles

It has been said that man is a rational animal.
All my life I have been searching for evidence which could support this.
- Bertrand Russell

Poetry leads us to the unstructured sources of our beings,
to the unknown, and returns us to our rational,
structured selves refreshed.
- A. R. Ammons

Anything that gives us new knowledge gives us an opportunity to be more rational.
- Herbert Simon

Good fellowship and friendship are lasting,
rational and manly pleasures.
- William Wycherley

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 Wollstonecraft Shelley

I never got good at predicting what millions of people
will suddenly decide is rational.
- Larry Niven

The human race will then become one family,
and the world will be the dwelling of Rational Men.
- Adam Weishaupt

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

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

Universities are the custodians not only of the many cultures of man,
but of the rational process itself.
- Edward Levi

Indeed, I am sometimes inclined to doubt whether some
men consider youth as rational and intelligent beings,
with minds capable of expansion, and talents formed for usefulness.
- Joseph Lancaster

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

How can a rational being be ennobled by any thing that
is not obtained by its own exertions?
- Mary Wollstonecraft

'I realize they say we are 'wacko' and 'out there,
but we are the most rational of all.
- Brigitte Boisselier

Make women rational creatures, and free citizens,
and they will quickly become good wives;
-
that is,
if men do not neglect the duties of husbands and fathers.
- Mary Wollstonecraft

The movie business is very much like that:
people in authority making purely emotional decisions
instead of interesting rational ones.
- Bill Forsyth

The being cannot be termed rational or virtuous,
who obeys any authority, but that of reason.
- Mary Wollstonecraft

Lucas attended a conference on rational expectations
at the University of Minnesota in the spring of 1973.
The day after the conference, I received a call from Pittsburgh.
- Thomas J. Sargent

Be able to defend your arguments in a rational way.
Otherwise, all you have is an opinion.
- Marilyn vos Savant

When men sow the wind it is rational to expect that
they will reap the whirlwind.
- Frederick Douglass

Insanity - a perfectly rational adjustment to an insane world.
- R. D. Laing

TO fear God, is one of the first and greatest Duties
of his rational Creatures.
- Charles Inglis

A person without a shadow should keep out of the sun,
that is the only safe and rational plan.
- Adelbert von Chamisso


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