Instinct Quotes

The wise are instructed by reason; ordinary minds by experience; the stupid, by necessity; and brutes by instinct.-Cicero

 

I believe in instinct, not in reason. When reason is right, nine times out of ten it is impotent, and when it prevails, nine times out of ten it is wrong.-A. C. Benson

 

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

 

A good man, through obscurest aspirations Has still an instinct of the one true way.-Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

 

The active part of man consists of powerful instincts, some of which are gentle and continuous; others violent and short; some baser, some nobler, and all necessary.-Francis W. Newman

 

Simplicity is an acquired taste. Mankind, left free, instinctively complicates life.-Katherine

 

It is only by following your deepest instinct that you can lead a rich life, and if you let your fear of consequence prevent you from following your deepest instinct, then your life will be safe, expedient and thin.-Katharine Butler Hathaway

 

There can be as much value in the blink of an eye as in months of rational analysis.-Malcolm Gladwell

 

Instinct and reason how can we divide? 'Tis the fool's ignorance, and the pedant's pride.-Matthew Prior

 

Instinct is stronger than upbringing.-Proverb

 

Instinct is a great matter. I was now a coward on instinct.-William Shakespeare

 

Instinct is action taken in pursuance of a purpose, but without conscious perception of what the purpose is.-Van Hartmann

 

Creativity comes from trust. Trust your instincts. And never hope more than you work.-Rita Mae Brown

 

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

 

But honest instinct comes a volunteer; Sure never to o'er-shoot, but just to hit, While still too wide or short in human wit.-Alexander Pope

 

Truly successful decision making relies on a balance between deliberate and instinctive thinking.-Malcolm Gladwell

 

Creativity comes from trust. Trust your instincts.-Rita Mae Brown

 

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

 

But honest instinct comes a volunteer; Sure never to o'er-shoot, but just to hit, While still too wide or short in human wit.-Alexander Pope

 

A few strong instincts and a few plain rules.-William Wordsworth

 

Instinct is untaught ability.-Alexander Bain

 

'Tis thus we heed no instincts but our own, Believe no evil, till the evil's done.-Jean de la Fontaine

 

Great thoughts, great feelings, came to them, Like instincts, unawares.-Richard Monckton Milnes

 

How instinct varies in the grov'lling swine, Compar'd, half-reasoning elephant, with thine! 'Twixt that and reason what a nice barrier! Forever sep'rate, yet forever near!-Alexander Pope

 

A fierce unrest seethes at the core Of all existing things: It was the eager wish to soar That gave the gods their wings. . . . . There throbs through all the worlds that are This heart-beat not and strong, And shaken systems, star by star, Awake and glow in song.-Donald Marquis

 

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

 

A little reflection will enable any person to detect in himself that set-ness in trifles which is the result of the unwatched instinct of self-will and to establish over himself a jealous guardianship. - Harriet Elizabeth Beecher Stowe

 

How instinct varies in the grov'lling swine, Compar'd, half-reasoning elephant, with thine! Twixt that and reason what a nice barrier! Forever sep'rate, yet forever near! - Alexander Pope

 

We must reckon with the possibility that something in the nature of the sexual instinct itself is unfavourable to the realization of complete satisfaction. - Sigmund Freud

 

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

 

Instinct perfected is a faculty of using and even constructing organized instruments; intelligence perfected is the faculty of making and using unorganised instruments. - Henri-Louis Bergson

 

All our progress is an unfolding, like the vegetable bud, you have first an instinct, then an opinion, then a knowledge, as the plant has root, bud and fruit. Trust the instinct to the end, though you can render no reason. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

Someone once asked me why women don't gamble as much as men do, and I gave the common-sensical reply that we don't have as much money. That was a true but incomplete answer. In fact, women's total instinct for gambling is satisfied by marriage. - Gloria Steinem

 

Perhaps I am a bear, or some hibernating animal underneath, for the instinct to be half asleep all winter is so strong in me. - Anne Morrow Lindbergh

 

A goose flies by a chart which the Royal Geographical Society could not mend. - Oliver Wendell Holmes

 

Intuition and concepts constitute... the elements of all our knowledge, so that neither concepts without an intuition in some way corresponding to them, nor intuition without concepts, can yield knowledge. - Immanuel Kant

 

The active part of man consists of powerful instincts, some of which are gentle and continuous; others violent and short; some baser, some nobler, and all necessary. - Francis W. Newman

 

Instinct is untaught ability. - Alexander Bain

 

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

 

Instinct is action taken in pursuance of a purpose, but without conscious perception of what the purpose is. - Van Hartmann

 
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