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Instinct Quotes

I hope you find value in these encouraging quotes about Instinct.

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

Related topics: Values

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

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

 

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

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

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

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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

There is no instinct like that of the heart.
- Lord Byron

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

Style is primarily a matter of instinct.
- Bill Blass

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

In this choice, as I look back over more than half a century,
I can only follow - and trust - the same sort of instinct
that one follows in the art of fiction.
- Mary A. Ward

There is no morality by instinct.
There is no social salvation in the end without taking thought;
without mastery of logic and application of logic to human experience.
- Katharine Fullerton Gerould

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

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

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

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

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

I'm not a marketing person.
I don't ask myself questions.
I go by instinct.
- Karl Lagerfeld

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

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

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

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

The most important thing is to follow your instinct
and get involved with some friends who have similar
tastes and aspirations and like music as much as you do.
- Mick Taylor

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

To be womanly is one thing, and one only;
it is to be sensitive to man,
to be highly endowed with the sex instinct;
to be manly is to be sensitive to woman.
- Jane Harrison

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

Instinct is untaught ability.
- Alexander Bain

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

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

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

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

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 live on my gut instinct.
- Melanie Brown

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

An insatiable appetite for glory leads to sacrifice and death,
but innate instinct leads to self-preservation and life.
- Jose Marti

I love acting and I still want to do it,
but I've such an instinct for directing,
it's something that comes naturally to me.
It's why I'm here on this planet.
- Julie Delpy

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

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

Men of genius are not quick judges of character.
Deep thinking and high imagining blunt that trivial
instinct by which you and I size people up.
- Max Beerbohm

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

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

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

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

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


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