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Alexander Bain Quotes and Sayings

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Instinct is untaught ability.
- Alexander Bain

Trust your instinct to the end,
though you can render no reason.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Collective fear stimulates herd instinct,
and tends to produce ferocity toward
those who are not regarded as members of the herd.
- Bertrand Russell

Every optimist moves along with progress and hastens it,
while every pessimist would keep the worlds at a standstill.
The consequence of pessimism in the life of a nation
is the same as in the life of the individual.
Pessimism kills the instinct that
urges men to struggle against poverty,
ignorance and crime, and dries up
all the fountains of joy in the world.
- Helen Keller

 

The world has always been in an uproar,
and it always will be.
Choose Peace. Choose to live with Peace.
Choose to interact peacefully with everyone -
especially those whose instinct is not to be peaceful.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The very essence of instinct is that
it's followed independently of reason.
- Charles Darwin

Life is like music; it must be composed by ear,
feeling, and instinct, not by rule.
- Samuel Butler

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Trust your own instinct.
Your mistakes might as well be your own,
instead of someone else's.
- Billy Wilder

Love isn't an emotion or an instinct - it's an art.
- Mae West

Most people think that anger is an instinctive response,
and that some people were just born with the temperament
to get angrier faster than others.
That statement is only half right.
Anger is an instinctive response.
We respond to an affront with anger essentially instantaneously -
much too quickly for conscious thought to be called upon.
But the instinct of the anger response
can be trained through conscious repetition,
visualization, and coaching.
Visualization is seeing the event
we desire to master in our mind's eye.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I don't like formal gardens.
I like wild nature.
It's just the wilderness instinct in me,
I guess.
- Walt Disney

I would rather trust a woman's instinct than a man's reason.
- Stanley Baldwin

I, with a deeper instinct,
choose a man who compels my strength,
who makes enormous demands on me,
who does not doubt my courage or my toughness,
who does not believe me naive or innocent,
who has the courage to treat me like a woman.
- Anais Nin

The herd instinct among forecasters makes sheep look
like independent thinkers.
- Edgar R. Fiedler

Not eating meat is a decision, eating meat is an instinct.
- Denis Leary

Feelings are much stronger than thoughts.
We are all led by instinct,
and our intellect catches up later.
- Bono

Humor is the instinct for taking pain playfully.
- Max Eastman

In art as in love, instinct is enough.
- Anatole France

Reverse every natural instinct and do the opposite
of what you are inclined to do,
and you will probably come very close to having a perfect golf swing.
- Ben Hogan

The creation of something new
is not accomplished by the intellect
but by the play instinct acting from inner necessity.
The creative mind plays with the objects it loves.
- Carl Jung

Reason is the servant of instinct.
- Clarence Day

A general loathing of a gang or sect usually has some sound basis in instinct.
- Ezra Pound

I generally wade in blind and trust to fate and instinct to see me through.
- Peter Straub

I usually go with the first instinct,
and then build upon that.
- John Otto

If we listen human instinct actually tells us what we need,
but advertising makes us want things we don't need
and things we can't have.
- Kit Williams

There's a lot of research behind the scenes that you don't get to see,
but I have an instinct that my dad nurtured from when I was born.
I was very lucky then.
- Steve Irwin

It is impossible to overlook the extent to which civilization
is built upon a renunciation of instinct.
- Sigmund Freud

If an animal does something, we call it instinct;
if we do the same thing for the same reason,
we call it intelligence.
- Will Cuppy

Our civilization is still in a middle stage,
scarcely beast, in that it is no longer wholly guided by instinct;
scarcely human,
in that it is not yet wholly guided by reason.
- Theodore Dreiser

Your mind knows only some things.
Your inner voice, your instinct, knows everything.
If you listen to what you know instinctively,
it will always lead you down the right path.
- Henry Winkler

Metaphysics is the finding of bad reasons for what
we believe upon instinct;
but to find these reasons is no less an instinct.
- F. H. Bradley

Bullies are always cowards at heart and may be credited
with a pretty safe instinct in scenting their prey.
- Anna Julia Cooper

My mum says, 'Go with your first instinct,'
but this can lead to impulse buying!
- Lindsay Lohan

Common sense is instinct, and enough of it is genius.
- Josh Billings

Instinct is intelligence incapable of self-consciousness.
- John Sterling

The ugly is very appealing to man.
It's instinct.
One shrinks from the ugly, yet wants to look at it.
There's a devilish fascination in it.
We extract pleasure from horror.
- Sonya Levien

Passion for fame: A passion which is the instinct of all great souls.
- Edmund Burke

Literature...
is the union of suffering with the instinct for form.
- Thomas Mann

Instinct is the nose of the mind.
- Delphine de Girardin

It's a perfectly human instinct to want to be near water.
- Stone Gossard

Actors are trusting souls, and we must go by gut-level instinct,
even after our agents and business managers weigh all the odds.
- Anne Archer

I had an instinct before and maybe now I don't have
that instinct as much as knowing what to do,
what shots to hit, where to place the ball,
things like that.
- Jennifer Capriati

Boxing brings out my aggressive instinct,
not necessarily a killer instinct.
- Sugar Ray Leonard

I loved being asked 2,000 questions a day,
storyboarding every move, knowing as though by instinct
exactly where the camera had to be,
because it was my story.
- Richard Grant

Surely we have always acted; it is an instinct inherent in all of us.
Some of us are better at it than others,
but we all do it.
- Laurence Olivier

I think that instinct, that storytelling instinct,
rescued me most of my life.
- Armistead Maupin

My instinct as a philosopher is that we are effectively
approaching a multicentric world,
which means we need to ask new, and for the traditional left,
unpleasant questions.
- Slavoj Zizek

The wise are instructed by reason, average minds by experience,
the stupid by necessity and the brute by instinct.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero

Man is primarily governed by passion and instinct.
- Muhammed Iqbal

But when I would see the surrogate, my first instinct,
my first reaction would be jealousy,
because she was doing what I wanted to do.
- Cheryl Tiegs

To live is like to love - all reason is against it,
and all healthy instinct for it.
- Samuel Butler

The instinct to worship is hardly less strong than the instinct to eat.
- Dorothy Thompson

Instinct taught me 20 years ago to pace a song or a concert performance.
That translates into pacing a story,
pleasing a reading audience.
- Jimmy Buffett

Retaliation is related to nature and instinct,
not to law.
Law, by definition, cannot obey the same rules as nature.
- Albert Camus

Art and works of art do not make an artist;
sense and enthusiasm and instinct do.
- Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

Feminism is a political mistake.
Feminism is a mistake made by women's intellect,
a mistake which her instinct will recognize.
- Valentine de Saint-Point

To destroy is still the strongest instinct in nature.
- Max Beerbohm

The reason good women like me and flock to my pictures
is that there is a little bit of vampire instinct in every woman.
- Theda Bara

Reason is a passion; an instinct, a drive.
- Bette Howland

Robots do not hold on to life.
They can't.
They have nothing to hold on with - no soul,
no instinct.
Grass has more will to live than they do.
- Karel Capek

Two things control men's nature, instinct and experience.
- Blaise Pascal

Developing the muscles of the soul demands no competitive spirit,
no killer instinct, although it may erect pain barriers
that the spiritual athlete must crash through.
- Germaine Greer

I go by instinct - I don't worry about experience.
- Barbra Streisand

Reasoning at every step he treads, Man yet mistakes his way,
Whilst meaner things, whom instinct leads,
Are rarely known to stray.
- William Cowper

He's simply got the instinct for being unhappy highly developed.
- Hector Hugh Munro

It taught me that Clinton's instinct to make this about your life as a citizen,
rather than his as a human being, was the right answer to these things.
- Paul Begala

I think comedy's something you can't learn.
It's an instinct, which makes it rather elusive.
- Julie Walters

I decided that it was not wisdom that
enabled poets to write their poetry,
but a kind of instinct or inspiration,
such as you find in seers and prophets
who deliver all their sublime messages
without knowing in the least what they mean.
- Socrates

Today I trust my instinct, I trust myself.
Finally.
- Isabelle Adjani

Instinct must be thwarted just as one prunes the branches
of a tree so that it will grow better.
- Henri Matisse

Physical bravery is an animal instinct;
moral bravery is much higher and truer courage.
- Wendell Phillips


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