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used in Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

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a person motivated by extreme enthusiasm (as for a cause) — sometimes to a fault


extremely enthusiastic — sometimes to a fault
  • In his pursuit of what I have called the ghost of rationality he was a fanatic hunter.
    Part 1 (93% in)
  • The lecture notes explain almost all of why he acted the way he did, but leave one thing unexplained...his fanatic intensity.
    Part 2 (63% in)
  • The explanation I've come to arises from the discrepancy between his lack of faith in scientific reason in the laboratory and his fanatic faith expressed in the Church of Reason lecture.
    Part 2 (64% in)
  • His lack of faith in reason was why he was so fanatically dedicated to it.
    Part 2 (64% in)
  • No one is fanatically shouting that the sun is going to rise tomorrow.
    Part 2 (64% in)
  • When people are fanatically dedicated to political or religious faiths or any other kinds of dogmas or goals, it's always because these dogmas or goals are in doubt.
    Part 2 (64% in)
  • It was Phaedrus' lack of faith in reason that made him such a fanatic teacher.
    Part 2 (64% in)
  • He on the other hand felt fanatically obliged to do something about it.
    Part 2 (64% in)
  • So here was Phaedrus, fanatically defending an institution, the Church of Reason, that no one, no one certainly in Bozeman, Montana, had any cause to doubt.
    Part 2 (65% in)
  • It was a totally fanatic thing.
    Part 4 (20% in)
  • And the more people showed how they failed to understand him and disliked what they did understand, the more fanatic and unlikable he became.
    Part 4 (20% in)
  • He passionately and fanatically knew it.
    Part 4 (23% in)

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