G. K. Chesterton quote about reason from Orthodoxy - Reason is itself a matter of faith. It is an act of faith to assert that our thoughts have any relation to reality at all.
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Reason is itself a matter of faith. It is an act of faith to assert that our thoughts have any relation to reality at all.
 G. K. Chesterton, Orthodoxy (1908). copy citation

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Author G. K. Chesterton
Source Orthodoxy
Topic reason reality faith
Date 1908
Language English
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“Just as one generation could prevent the very existence of the next generation, by all entering a monastery or jumping into the sea, so one set of thinkers can in some degree prevent further thinking by teaching the next generation that there is no validity in any human thought. It is idle to talk always of the alternative of reason and faith. Reason is itself a matter of faith. It is an act of faith to assert that our thoughts have any relation to reality at all. If you are merely a sceptic, you must sooner or later ask yourself the question, "Why should ANYTHING go right; even observation and deduction? Why should not good logic be as misleading as bad logic? They are both movements in the brain of a bewildered ape?"” source

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