— Ferdinand de Saussure, livro Course in General Linguistics
Cours de linguistique générale (1916)
Contexto: The causes of continuity are a priori within the scope of the observer, but the causes of change in time are not. It is better not to attempt giving an exact account at this point, but to restrict discussion to the shifting of relationships in general. Time changes all things; there is no reason why language should escape this universal law.
„There is no point on which a greater amount of decision is to be found in Courts of law and equity than as to what is reasonable; for instance, reasonable time, reasonable notice, and the like. It is impossible a priori to state what is reasonable in such cases. You must have the particular facts of each case established before you can ascertain what is meant by reasonable time, notice, and the like.“
— John Romilly, 1st Baron Romilly English Whig politician and judge 1802 - 1874
Labouchere v. Dawson (1872), L. R. 13 Eq. Ca. 325.
„That which exercises reason is more excellent than that which does not exercise reason; there is nothing more excellent than the universe, therefore the universe exercises reason.“
— Zeno of Citium ancient Greek philosopher -334 - -263 a.C.
As quoted in De Natura Deorum by Cicero, ii. 8.; iii. 9.
„Reason, in fact, is a thing of God, inasmuch as there is nothing which God the Maker of all has not provided, disposed, ordained by reason — nothing which He has not willed should be handled and understood by reason. All, therefore, who are ignorant of God, must necessarily be ignorant also of a thing which is His, because no treasure-house at all is accessible to strangers. And thus, voyaging all the universal course of life without the rudder of reason, they know not how to shun the hurricane which is impending over the world.“
— Tertullian Christian theologian 155 - 220
De Paenitentia (On Repentance), 1.2-3
Original: (la) Quippe res dei ratio quia deus omnium conditor nihil non ratione providit disposuit ordinavit, nihil [enim] non ratione tractari intellegique voluit.  Igitur ignorantes quique deum rem quoque eius ignorent necesse est quia nullius omnino thesaurus extraneis patet. Itaque universam vitae conversationem sine gubernaculo rationis transfretantes inminentem saeculo procellam evitare non norunt.
„Nothing beats reason for keeping tigers away. But be excessively reasonable and you risk throwing out the universe with the bathwater.“
— Yann Martel, livro Life of Pi
Chapter 99, pp. 330–331
Life of Pi (2001)
Contexto: I applied my reason at every moment. Reason is excellent for getting food, clothing and shelter. Reason is the very best tool kit. Nothing beats reason for keeping tigers away. But be excessively reasonable and you risk throwing out the universe with the bathwater.
— Lynda Barry, Picture This: The Near-sighted Monkey Book
Fonte: Picture This: The Near-sighted Monkey Book
„Why do you lie" I ask her.
"To block the truth."
Naomi goes on. "Where did we get it in our heads that we need truth all the time? Sometimes lies are nice, you know? You don't have to know the truth all the time. It's too exhausting.“
— Rachel Cohn, Naomi and Ely's No Kiss List
Fonte: Naomi and Ely's No Kiss List
„There are lots of ways of being miserable, but there’s only one way of being comfortable, and that is to stop running round after happiness. If you make up your mind not to be happy there’s no reason why you shouldn’t have a fairly good time.“
— Edith Wharton, Ethan Frome and Other Short Fiction
Fonte: Ethan Frome and Other Short Fiction
„Each of us was in your life for a reason. You may not have known the reason at the time, and that is what heaven is for. For understanding your life on earth.“
— Mitch Albom, livro As Cinco Pessoas Que Encontramos no Céu
Fonte: The Five People You Meet in Heaven
„There are five people you meet in heaven," the Blue Man suddenly said. "Each of us was in your life for a reason. You may not have known the reason at the time, and that is what heaven is for. For understanding your life on earth.“
— Mitch Albom, livro As Cinco Pessoas Que Encontramos no Céu
Fonte: The Five People You Meet in Heaven (2003)
„Now the origin of the universe that you know, as I have described it, was of course a master event. The initial action did not occur in space or time, but formed space and time.“
— Jane Roberts American Writer 1929 - 1984
Session 919, Page 373
Dreams, Evolution and Value Fulfillment, Volume Two (1986)
„If kids were allowed to get married as soon as God made them physically able to get married & have children, they would be so busy working so hard taking care of kids, house & mate they wouldn't have time to even think about crime or all the other hanky-panky they get into!
Of course they wouldn't have time for a big education either. But who the hell needs it! See, that's another reason why they don't let them get married: "Oh, you haven't finished your education yet! It's so sad! You're just going to have to take some menial job, some dumb thing & you can't make a huge salary like you could in some big highly technical job!"“
— David Berg Children of God founder 1919 - 1994
All of that is not of God anyhow!-Technology is destroying the Earth!
„The universal civilization has been a long time in the making. It wasn't always universal; it wasn't always as attractive as it is today.“
— V.S. Naipaul Trinidadian-British writer of Indo-Nepalese ancestry 1932 - 2018
"Our Universal Civilization" in The New York Times (5 November 1990) https://www.nytimes.com/1990/11/05/opinion/our-universal-civilization.html
Contexto: The universal civilization has been a long time in the making. It wasn't always universal; it wasn't always as attractive as it is today. The expansion of Europe gave it for at least three centuries a racial taint, which still causes pain. … This idea of the pursuit of happiness is at the heart of the attractiveness of the civilization to so many outside it or on its periphery. I find it marvelous to contemplate to what an extent, after two centuries, and after the terrible history of the earlier part of this century, the idea has come to a kind of fruition. It is an elastic idea; it fits all men. It implies a certain kind of society, a certain kind of awakened spirit. I don't imagine my father's Hindu parents would have been able to understand the idea. So much is contained in it: the idea of the individual, responsibility, choice, the life of the intellect, the idea of vocation and perfectibility and achievement. It is an immense human idea. It cannot be reduced to a fixed system. It cannot generate fanaticism. But it is known to exist, and because of that, other more rigid systems in the end blow away.
„The “reasons” and “causes” why things happen, in other words, aren’t fundamental; they are emergent. We need to dig in to the actual history of the universe to see why these concepts have emerged.“
— Sean Carroll American theoretical cosmologist 1966
Chap. 5 : Reasons Why
The Big Picture (2016)
„The lapse of time during which a given event has not happened, is, in this logic of habit, constantly alleged as a reason why the event should never happen, even when the lapse of time is precisely the added condition which makes the event imminent. A man will tell you that he has worked in a mine for forty years unhurt by an accident as a reason why he should apprehend no danger, though the roof is beginning to sink...“
— George Eliot English novelist, journalist and translator 1819 - 1880
Chapter 5 (at page 41)
Silas Marner: The Weaver of Raveloe (1861)
„For a long time — always, in fact — I have known that life here on earth is not what I needed and that I wasn't able to deal with it; for this reason and for this reason alone, I have acquired a touch of spiritual pride, so that my existence seems to me the degradation and the erosion of a psalm.“
— Emil M. Cioran, livro The Trouble With Being Born
The Trouble With Being Born (1973)
„At times to be silent is to lie. You will win because you have enough brute force. But you will not convince. For to convince you need to persuade. And in order to persuade you would need what you lack: Reason and Right“
— Miguel de Unamuno 19th-20th century Spanish writer and philosopher 1864 - 1936
„Let's say that you have an incredible one percent of all the knowledge in the universe. Would it be possible, in the ninety-nine percent of the knowledge that you haven't yet come across, that there might be ample evidence to prove the existence of God? If you are reasonable, you will be forced to admit that it is possible.“
— Ray Comfort New Zealand-born Christian minister and evangelist 1949
God doesn't believe in atheists (2002)