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The Art of Reasoning

«Languages are true analytical methods. Algebra, the means of expression which is the simplest, most exact and best adapted to its object, is both a language and an analytical method. In short, the art of reasoning can be reduced to a well-constructed»
«Logic: The art of thinking and reasoning in strict accordance with the limitations and incapacities of the human misunderstanding.»
«LOGIC, n. The art of thinking and reasoning in strict accordance with the limitations and incapacities of the human misunderstanding. The basic of logic is the syllogism, consisting of a major and a minor premise and a conclusion --thus:_Major Premise_: Sixty men can do a piece of work sixty times as quickly as one man._Minor Premise_: One man can dig a posthole in sixty seconds; therefore --_Conclusion_: Sixty men can dig a posthole in one second. This may be called the syllogism arithmetical, in which, by combining logic and mathematics, we obtain a double certainty and are twice blessed.»
«All nature is but art, unknown to thee; All chance, direction, which thou canst not see; All discord, harmony not understood; All partial evil, universal good; And spite of pride, in erring reason's spite, One truth is clear, Whatever is, is right»
«People travel for the same reason they collect works of art: because the best people do it»
«Faith... is the art of holding on to things your reason once accepted, despite your changing moods.»
«Faith is the art of holding on to things your reason has once accepted in spite of your changing moods»
«''To give style'' to one's character -- a great and rare art! He exercises it who surveys all that his nature presents in strength and weakness and then moulds it to an artistic plan until everything appears as art and reason, and even the weaknesses delight the eye.»
«In a republican nation, whose citizens are to be led by reason and persuasion and not by force, the art of reasoning becomes of first importance»
«O judgment! thou art fled to brutish beasts,And men have lost their reason.»