The following sentence is from a commencement speech.
All the more reason to be grateful, this and every day, that we live
in America, where the talents God gave us may be used in freedom.
I don’t understand the phrase “all the more reason to” even after I looked it up on thefreedictionary.com, which returns the entry:
all the more reason for (doing something) and all the more reason to (do something)
with even better reason or cause for doing something. (Can be included in a number of grammatical constructions.)
I don’t quite understand the explanation: what does “with even better reason” mean?
Can anybody say something more about this phrase?
Imagine you have a reason to visit a nearby town, because you need to buy something for example. Then, you look in the paper and see that your favourite band is playing in that town, on the day you have to visit. Now you have one more reason to visit. It is not only one more reason – it is a better reason.
You could respond to this by saying “Great! X are playing! All the more reason to visit that town!”