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as in:  easier to rationalize than change

Criminals typically rationalize their behavior. Even when convicted, many blame others for their decisions.
  to use reason to make excuses for bad behavior — often done without realizing the reasoning is invalid
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  • Criminals typically rationalize their behavior. Even when convicted, many blame others for their decisions.
  • She shouldn’t have spent so much money on the shoes, but she rationalized the expenditure because they were on sale.
  • rationalize the child’s seemingly crazy behavior
  • he rationalized his lack of success

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  • Rationalize why this isn’t the tape you’re making a return appearance on.
    Jay Asher  --  Thirteen Reasons Why
  • At a certain point your brain stops trying to rationalize things.
    Lauren Oliver  --  Before I Fall
  • "Is that how you rationalize it?" says Risa, "Making yourself believe we’ll be happier?"
    Neal Shusterman  --  Unwind
  • I try to rationalize it.
    Gayle Forman  --  Where She Went
  • I rationalized that there was no harm in keeping Nora company.
    Piper Kerman  --  Orange Is the New Black
  • This lady’s grandson might be facing life imprisonment without parole, but given the overwhelming number of death penalty cases on our docket, I couldn’t rationalize taking on his case.
    Bryan Stevenson  --  Just Mercy

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  • You’re rationalizing.
    Scott Pratt  --  An Innocent Client
  • Months later, watching this book remain first on the best-seller list for unbelievable week after week, I was able to rationalize my blindness by saying to myself that if McGraw-Hill had paid me more than ninety cents an hour I might have been more sensitive to the nexus between good books and filthy lucre.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • You’re rationalizing everything, and it’s freaking me out."
    Becca Fitzpatrick  --  Hush, Hush
  • This wasn’t some casual fling we could go at for a night and try to rationalize away the next day.
    James Patterson  --  1st to Die
  • That’s how I rationalized it for so long.
    John Corey Whaley  --  Nogin
  • Or she rationalizes, "I call him when he calls me."
    Sonia Nazario  --  Enrique’s Journey
  • He rationalized that he was so bewildered upon his arrival that he allowed such a thing.
    Markus Zusak  --  The Book Thief
  • I was afraid I’d deliberate, ruminate, agonize, rationalize, and talk myself into not going.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  The Kite Runner
  • I rationalized the omission: There was no point getting all worked up about a kiss.
    Gayle Forman  --  If I Stay
  • As the ship’s artificial night closed in they were each grateful to retire to separate cabins and try to rationalize their thoughts.
    Douglas Adams  --  The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
  • She’d always thought he was just rationalizing.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Lost Hero
  • But on another plane—a plane that defies rationalizing, a more fragile plane, one whose essence would fracture and splinter if I even vocalized it—I wasn’t surprised that she was calling.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  And The Mountains Echoed
  • But Wes rationalized.
    Wes Moore  --  The Other Wes Moore
  • (ysecond interval.) A: Then I rationalized.
    Robert Cormier  --  I Am the Cheese
  • She tried to convince herself that Keith was lying, grasping for a way to rationalize his news.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Lucky One
  • The chaplain had mastered, in a moment of divine intuition, the handy technique of protective rationalization, and he was exhilarated by his discovery.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • But my uncle says that was merely rationalizing it; the real reason, hidden underneath, might be they didn’t want people sitting like that, doing nothing, rocking, talking; that was the wrong kind of social life.
    Ray Bradbury  --  Fahrenheit 451
  • The bulge, he rationalized, was caused by all the new equipment they jammed into these things.
    Eoin Colfer  --  Artemis Fowl
  • The contrived turf war that a sixteen-year-old African American used to rationalize the shooting of an African refugee was a make-believe corollary of the more realistic competition over limited resources—housing, jobs, government aid—that fueled identity-based hostility in Clarkston among adults.
    Warren St. John  --  Outcasts United
  • She said I was rationalizing.
    Margaret Atwood  --  The Handmaid’s Tale
  • Then she’ll be more able to rationalize the acts of her lymphatic glands.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  Tender is the Night
  • Perhaps each hundred years or so men like them, like me, appeared in society, drifting through; and yet by all historical logic we, I, should have disappeared around the first part of the nineteenth century, rationalized out of existence.
    Ralph Ellison  --  Invisible Man
  • Yes, that was definitely a case of rationalizing.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World
  • Anyway, he rationalized such a conversation would only bring more pain with no resolution.
    William P. Young  --  The Shack
  • Perhaps I am only rationalizing, but I think her death was an act of mercy.
    Pat Frank  --  Alas, Babylon
  • Cedric has finally rationalized that: his chances of being accepted there for the upcoming summer are slim-about as slim as his chances of ultimately ending anywhere other than some no-name college.
    Ron Suskind  --  A Hope in the Unseen
  • This is our problem as modern, "enlightened" individuals, for whom all gods and devils have been rationalized out of existence.
    Joseph Campbell  --  The Hero With a Thousand Faces
  • She rationalized that she deserved the money—for mowing the lawn, washing the dishes, being yelled at for no good reason.
    Amy Tan  --  The Bonesetter’s Daughter
  • I acquiesced, rationalizing that it would be for only a few days.
    Betty Mahmoody  --  Not Without My Daughter
  • Or was he merely trying to rationalize his dislike of skyscrapers, still unabated after twenty years in New York?
    Arthur C. Clarke  --  Childhood’s End
  • But it seemed to them that the high councils in international health often used this analytic tool to rationalize an irrational status quo: mdr treatment was cost-effective in a place like New York, but not in a place like Peru.
    Tracy Kidder  --  Mountains Beyond Mountains
  • Then you’ll bring in faith, and Ellerby will counter with biblical interpretation, which you will point out is nothing more than cheap rationalization in order to avoid being responsible to God.
    Chris Crutcher  --  Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes
  • That was the rationalization he needed, the conviction that whatever he had been was far less than his enemies wanted the world to believe, for they would not use him otherwise.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Identity
  • His Federalist colleagues even attempted to rationalize such aggressive measures 42 ’ John F. Kennedy by talking vaguely of Britain’s difficulties in her war with France and our friendly tone toward the latter.
    John F. Kennedy  --  Profiles in Courage
  • She desired these things with a primitive impulse that her husband was happy to rationalize, and they were beautiful, useful objects as long as they remained in their original environment, in the show windows of Rome, Paris, London, or in the New York, vibrating to the Charleston, where skyscrapers were beginning to grow, but they could not withstand the test of Strauss waltzes with pork cracklings or Poetic Festivals when it was ninety degrees in the shade.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  Love in the Time of Cholera
  • I signed on to an American payroll, rationalizing that I’d scatter dollars over the vendors in my little corner of la cité, at least, as it’s certain no foreign relief will reach them any other way.
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Poisonwood Bible
  • Man is not a rational animal; he is a rationalizing animal.
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  Tunnel In the Sky
  • My mind must have added that touch to the phenomenon, to try to rationalize it at least a bit.
    Roger Zelazny  --  Nine Princes in Amber
  • It wouldn’t hurt, he rationalized, to cool off a bit before he drove into town.
    Nora Roberts  --  Summer Pleasures
  • Don’t know how he rationalized relationship; I hesitated to ask.
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  The Moon is a Harsh Mistress
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