quotations about rationalization
Man is not a rational animal, he is a rationalizing animal.
ROBERT A. HEINLEIN, Assignment in Eternity
The proud do not change to improve, but defend their position by rationalizing. Repentance means change, and it takes a humble person to change.
EZRA TAFT BENSON, The Teachings of Ezra Taft Benson
Of course, that rationalization didn't work at all. It would have helped if I'd had some Oreo cookie ice cream to eat that the same time. I've learned that self-delusion is much easier when there's something sweet in your mouth.
LEE GOLDBERG, Mr. Monk on the Couch
Procrastination of any decision leads to the rationalization of failure.
TUCHY PALMIERI, Tuchy's Law and Other Contrarian Quotes to Help You in Life's Journey
Rationalizing is faulty, defensive thinking, motivated by the desire to retain self-respect. It serves this purpose, at least temporarily, by enabling us to avoid facing issues and to excuse our failures.
NORMAN LESLIE MUNN, Psychology: The Fundamentals of Human Adjustment
People have a tendency to rationalize what they can, and forget what they can't.
RICHIE TANKERSLEY CUSICK, The Harvest
Rationalization is a process of not perceiving reality, but of attempting to make reality fit one's emotions.
AYN RAND, Philosophy: Who Needs It?
The so-called lessons of history are for the most part the rationalization of the victors.
MAX LERNER, attributed, Pacific Views
Your ability to rationalize your own bad deeds makes you believe that the whole world is as amoral as you are.
DOUGLAS COUPLAND, Shampoo Planet
In our reveries we are frequently engaged in self-justification, for we cannot bear to think ourselves wrong, and yet have constant illustrations of our weaknesses and mistakes. So we spend much time finding fault with circumstances and the conduct of others, and shifting on to them with great ingenuity the onus of our own failures and disappointments.
JAMES HARVEY ROBINSON, The Mind in the Making
The rationalization is a moral defense. And the rationalizer is a moralist. The rationalization, in the nature of the case, secures the believer in his illusion of moral integrity. The morality of the rationalization is perhaps is perhaps intensified by the fact that it represents an effort to make that which is frequently vicious, sordid, and inhumane rational, idealistic, and humane.
W. O. BROWN, "Rationalization of Race Prejudice", International Journal of Ethics, 1933
There's never been an act done since the beginning, from a kid stealing candy to a dictator committing genocide, that the person doing it didn't think he was fully justified. That's a mental trick called rationalizing, and it's done the human race more harm than anything else you can name.
LEIGH BRACKETT, The Long Tomorrow
Rationalization: allowing my mind to find reason to excuse what my spirit knows is wrong.
BRUCE EAMON BROWN, 1001 Motivational Messages and Quotations for Athletes and Coaches
Rationalizing is the very opposite of reasoning; whereas reasoning works from evidence to conclusion, rationalizing works from conclusion to evidence. That is, rationalizing starts with what we want to be so and then selectively compiles "evidence" to prove that it is so.
VINCENT RYAN RUGGERIO, Beyond Feeling: A Guide to Critical Thinking
What is reason for one man is rationalization for another. The variable is the accepted vocabulary of motives, the ultimates of (justificatory) discourse, of each man's dominant group about whose opinion he cares.
C. WRIGHT MILLS, "Situated Actions and Vocabularies of Motive", American Sociological Review, 1940
Mankind will persist in self-justification until all their iniquity is exposed, and their character past being redeemed, and that which is treasured up in their hearts be exposed to the gaze of mankind.
JOSEPH SMITH, letter to William W. Phelps, January 11, 1833
Everybody makes excuses for themselves they wouldn't be prepared to make for other people.
REBECCA GOLDSTEIN, Plato at the Googleplex
Many of us have elected to adjust our consciences rather than our lives. Our powers of rationalization are unlimited. They allow us to live in luxury and indifference while others, whom we could help if we chose to, starve and go to hell.
RANDY ALCORN, Money, Possessions and Eternity
The minute study of the process of rationalization is perhaps the most significant contribution of psychoanalysis to human progress.
ERICH FROMM, Psychoanalysis and Religion
Deification of accidents serves of course as rationalization for every people that is not master of its own destiny.
HANNAH ARENDT, The Origins of Totalitarianism