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irrational
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War and Peace
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  • In giving and accepting battle at Borodino, Kutuzov acted involuntarily and irrationally.
  • We are forced to fall back on fatalism as an explanation of irrational events (that is to say, events the reasonableness of which we do not understand).
  • But to men who do not admit that Russia was formed by the will of one man, Peter I, or that the French Empire was formed and the war with Russia begun by the will of one man, Napoleon, that argument seems not merely untrue and irrational, but contrary to all human reality.
  • And Prince Andrew, crossing his arms behind him, long paced the room, now frowning, now smiling, as he reflected on those irrational, inexpressible thoughts, secret as a crime, which altered his whole life and were connected with Pierre, with fame, with the girl at the window, the oak, and woman’s beauty and love.
  • Every man, savage or sage, however incontestably reason and experiment may prove to him that it is impossible to imagine two different courses of action in precisely the same conditions, feels that without this irrational conception (which constitutes the essence of freedom) he cannot imagine life.
  • I’ll ’overresist’ them!" uttered Rostov meaninglessly, breathless with irrational animal fury and the need to vent it.

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  • Irrational thoughts started swimming through his mind—he wanted to jump up and attack, beat him like he’d beaten Gaily after escaping the Maze.
    James Dashner  --  The Scorch Trials
  • He’d held his temper—he hadn’t done anything too impulsive or irrational.
    Neal Shusterman  --  Unwind

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