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Instinct Quotes

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

Related topics: Values

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

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

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

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

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

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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

I think that women just have a primeval instinct to make soup,
which they will try to foist on anybody who looks like a likely candidate.
- Dylan Moran

All men have an instinct for conflict:
at least,
all healthy men.
- Hilaire Belloc

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

Ideas pull the trigger, but instinct loads the gun.
- Don Marquis

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

Poetry proceeds from the totality of man,
sense, imagination, intellect, love,
desire,
instinct, blood and spirit together.
- Jacques Maritain

Reason is the servant of instinct.
- Clarence Day

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

Yet otters have not been hunters in water long enough
for the habit to become an instinct.
- Henry Williamson

People just don't laugh when their family is violated,
and you don't shrug it off.
You band together and you defend together.
It's a funny, primitive instinct.
- Phillip Noyce

Making movies is all about instinct.
- Dino De Laurentiis

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

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

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

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

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

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

He was gifted with the sly, sharp instinct for self-preservation
that passes for wisdom among the rich.
- Evelyn Waugh

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

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

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

I gravitated to acting out of a mixture of instinct,
naivete and opportunity.
- Jeffrey Combs

And only the photographer himself knows the effect he wants.
He should know by instinct, grounded in experience,
what subjects are enhanced by hard or soft,
light or dark treatment.
- Bill Brandt

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

Looking back, I realize that nurturing curiosity and
the instinct to seek solutions are perhaps the most
important contributions education can make.
- Paul Berg

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

All the learning in the world cannot replace instinct.
- Robert Ley

A good short-story writer has an instinct for sketching
in just enough background to ground the specific story.
- Lynn Abbey

He had no failings which were not owing to a noble cause;
to an ardent,
generous, perhaps an immoderate passion for fame;
a passion which is the instinct of all great souls.
- Edmund Burke

Art is not the application of a canon of beauty but
what the instinct and the brain can conceive beyond any canon.
When we love a woman we don't start measuring her limbs.
- Pablo Picasso

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

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

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

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

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

And suddenly I realised that I was no longer driving the car consciously.
I was driving it by a kind of instinct,
only I was in a different dimension.
- Ayrton Senna

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

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

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

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

I have long enjoyed the friendship and companionship
of Republicans because I am by instinct a teacher,
and I would like to teach them something.
- Woodrow Wilson

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

I think comedy is more my instinct and more what I'm geared towards.
- Austin Peck

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

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

Instinct is untaught ability.
- Alexander Bain

She had a womanly instinct that clothes possess an
influence more powerful over many than the worth of
character or the magic of manners.
- Louisa May Alcott

When I see a slippery slope, my instinct is to build a terrace.
- John McCarthy

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

If you let your fear of consequence prevent you from
following your deepest instinct,
your life will be safe, expedient and thin.
- Katharine Butler Hathaway


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