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Anonymous on Being Completely Reasonable

Anonymous, cited in Evenings with Skeptics (Longmans, Green, Co: 1881), p. 53.

The complete self-surrender of the reason is a partially impossible and wholly self-deceptive operation. In this endeavour men act unconsciously on the principle of Ananias. Pretending to resign their whole intellect to a creed or dogma, they still by an uncontrollable instinct “keep back part of the price”.