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Grocott & Ward, comps.  Grocott’s Familiar Quotations, 6th ed.  189-?.
 
Reason
 
If there were reason for these miseries,
Then into limits could I bind my woes:——
Wilt thou have a reason for this coil?
        Shakespeare.—Titus Andronicus, Act III. Scene 1. (On the mutilation of his daughter Lavinia by Demetrius and Chiron.)
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While reason drew the plan, the heart inform’d
The moral page, and fancy lent it grace.
        Thomson.—Liberty, Part IV.
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I have no other but a woman’s reason:
I think him so, because I think him so.
        Shakespeare.—Two Gentlemen of Verona, Act I. Scene 2. (Lucetta to Julia.)
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Give you a reason on compulsion! If reasons were as plenty as blackberries, I would give no man a reason upon compulsion.
        Shakespeare.—King Henry IV., Part I. Act II. Scene 4. (Falstaff to Poins and Prince Henry.)
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Reason raise o’er instinct as you can;
In this ’tis God directs, in that ’tis man.
        Pope.—Essay on Man, Epi. III. Line 97.
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Who taught the nations of the field and wood
To shun their poison, and to choose their food?
        Pope.—Essay on Man, Epi. III. Line 99.
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Learn from the beasts the physic of the field.
        Pope.—Essay on Man, Epi. III. Line 174.
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His reasons are two grains of wheat hid in two bushels of chaff; you shall seek all day ere you find them; and when you have found them they are not worth the search.
        Shakespeare.—Merchant of Venice, Act I. Scene 1. (Bassanio to Antonio.)
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