Gore, George

That which is beyond reason at present may not be so in the future; but it has now no place in science for want of a basis of verified truth.

The Art of Scientific Discovery Chapter III (p. 25)

John of Salisbury

Reason, therefore, is a mirror in which all things are seen...

In John van Laarhoven (ed.) Entheticus Maior and Minor Volume 1 Part II

Section I, Notes from Epicuris, L. 567-9

Kline, Morris

What mathematics accomplishes with its reasoning may be more evident from an analogy. Suppose a farmer takes over a tract of land in a wilderness with a view to farming it. He clears a piece of ground but notices wild beasts lurking in a wooded area surrounding the clearing who may attack him at any time. He decides therefore to clear that area. He does so but the beasts move to still another area. He therefore clears this one. And the beasts move to still another spot just outside the new clearing. The process goes on indefinitely. The farmer clears away more and more land but the beasts remain on the fringe. What has the farmer gained? As the cleared area gets larger the beasts are compelled to move farther back and the farmer becomes more and more secure as long as he works in the interior of his cleared area. The beasts are always there and one day they may surprise and destroy him but the farmer's relative security increases as he clears more land. So, too, the security with which we use the central body of mathematics increases as logic is applied to clear up one or another of the foundational problems.

Mathematics: The Loss of Certainty Chapter XIV (pp. 317-18)

Shakespeare, William

Fool: "The reason why the seven stars are no more than seven is a pretty reason."

Lear: "Because they are not eight?"

Fool: "Yes, indeed.: Thou wouldst make a good fool."



von Goethe, Johann Wolfgang

The texture of this world is made up of necessity and chance. Human reason holds the balance between them, treating necessity as the basis of existence, but manipulating and directing chance, and using it.

In Eric A. Blackall (ed.) Wilhelm Meister's Apprenticeship Book 1 Chapter 17 (p. 38)

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