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Impulse Quotes and Sayings
Quotes about Impulse

Please enjoy these Impulse Quotes from the wise, the romantic, and the famous of the past and present.

One can never consent to creep when one feels the impulse to soar.
- Helen Keller

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At a certain point, I just put the building and the art impulse together.
I decided that building was a legitimate way to make sculpture.
- Martin Puryear

Those who are dedicated to a life of wisdom
understand that the impulse to blame
something or someone is foolishness,
that there is nothing to be gained in blaming,
whether it be others or oneself.
- Epictetus

She encouraged any artistic impulse I had,
and my father discouraged any artistic impulse I had.
They took out their problems with each other on me and my sister.
- Bill Griffith

 

I profess accurately to describe native Africa -
Africa in those places where it has not received the slightest impulse,
whether for good or evil, from European civilisation.
- John H. Speke

Hope is a necessity for normal life and the major weapon
against the suicide impulse.
- Karl A. Menninger

I still feel the impulse to give young writers a hearing,
and I believe I have played more unpublished compositions
than any other band leader in the country.
- John Philip Sousa

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Imitation, if it is not forgery, is a fine thing.
It stems from a generous impulse, and a realistic sense
of what can and cannot be done.
- James Fenton

What is now reason was formerly impulse or instinct.
- Ovid

If the impulse to daring and bravery is too fierce and violent,
stay it with guidance and instruction.
- Xun Zi

Whenever I hear anyone arguing for slavery,
I feel a strong impulse to see it tried on him personally.
- Abraham Lincoln

Nothing makes a man feel older than to hear a band
coming up the street and not to have the impulse to
rush downstairs and out on to the sidewalk.
- Robert Benchley

If family violence teaches children that might makes right at home,
how will we hope to cure the futile impulse to solve
worldly conflicts with force?
- Letty Cottin Pogrebin

The narrative impulse is always with us;
we couldn't imagine ourselves through a day without it.
- Robert Coover

While the mind is in doubt it is driven this way and
that by a slight impulse.
- Terence

It is well to be alone.
It fertilizes the creative impulse.
- Max Nordau

The impulse of the American woman to geld her husband
and castrate her sons is very strong.
- John Steinbeck

A true history of human events would show that a far
larger proportion of our acts are the result of sudden
impulse and accident than of that reason of which we so much boast.
- Peter Cooper

The community stagnates without the impulse of the individual.
The impulse dies away without the sympathy of the community.
- William James

There's no end to the inventiveness of critics,
I tell you.
Because they can't write fiction, they put their impulse
into their analysis of work.
- Dennis Potter

Everyone has the impulse to be elite.
- Alfre Woodard

Every heart that has beat strongly and cheerfully has
left a hopeful impulse behind it in the world,
and bettered the tradition of mankind.
- Robert Louis Stevenson

The civilizing process has increased the distance between
behavior and the impulse life of the animal body.
- Shoshana Zuboff

There are some who want to get married and others who don't.
I have never had an impulse to go to the altar.
I am a difficult person to lead.
- Greta Garbo

One impulse from a vernal wood May teach you more of man,
Of moral evil and of good, Than all the sages can.
- William Wordsworth

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

The impulse to dream was slowly beaten out of me by experience.
Now it surged up again and I hungered for books,
new ways of looking and seeing.
- Richard Wright

Character is the impulse reined down into steady continuance.
- Charles Henry Parkhurst

Let the first impulse pass, wait for the second.
- Baltasar Gracian

A first impulse was never a crime.
- Pierre Corneille

There was always a creative impulse in me but I never felt rooted to anything.
- Fred Ward

Rare is the human being, immature or mature,
who has never felt an impulse to pretend he is some one or something else.
- George P. Baker

I don't think of sex as a self-destructive impulse.
- Thom Gunn

Families are great murderers of the creative impulse,
particularly husbands.
- Brenda Ueland

I have a suicide impulse.
- Hal Holbrook

Our passionate preoccupation with the sky,
the stars, and a God somewhere in outer space is a homing impulse.
We are drawn back to where we came from.
- Eric Hoffer

The impulse of the journalist is to be novel,
yet to relate his curiosities to the urgencies of the moment;
the philosopher seeks what he conceives to be true,
regardless of the moment.
- Daniel Bell

Acting is the expression of a neurotic impulse.
It's a bum's life.
Quitting acting, that's the sign of maturity.
- Marlon Brando

Grant us a brief delay; impulse in everything is but a worthless servant.
- Caecilius Statius

Great things are not done by impulse,
but by a series of small things brought together.
- George Eliot

Normally, the same strange impulse which brings a crowd
to an accident is present in the reaction to a concert
in which something goes wrong.
- Lara St.
John

Well, we know that people in Australia love the idea
of both Impulse and Virgin Blue getting up and adding a bit of competition,
and it's fun to be able to deliver it.
- Richard Branson

Since the generality of persons act from impulse,
much more than from principle, men are neither so good
nor so bad as we are apt to think them.
- Augustus Hare

The impulse to cruelty is, in many people,
almost as violent as the impulse to sexual love -
almost as violent and much more mischievous.
- Aldous Huxley

The primary use of conversation is to satisfy the impulse to talk.
- George Santayana

Love is not a mere impulse, it must contain truth,
which is law.
- Rabindranath Tagore

If you have an impulse, not if you're going to ruin someone elses' scene,
if you have an impulse of a funny little add-on or
taking something in a weird direction,
try it.
- Rachel Dratch

Nature is at work.
Character and destiny are her handiwork.
She gives us love and hate, jealousy and reverence.
All that is ours is the power to choose which impulse we shall follow.
- David Seabury

Where one person shapes their life by precept and example,
there are a thousand who have shaped it by impulse and circumstances.
- James Russell Lowell

Anticipation of movement, through muscular innervation and memory,
by its retention of nerve impulse images,
extend the present to the limit of a second or so.
- John Desmond Bernal

A man who leaves home to mend himself and others is a philosopher;
but he who goes from country to country,
guided by the blind impulse of curiosity,
is a vagabond.
- Oliver Goldsmith

Vision - It reaches beyond the thing that is,
into the conception of what can be.
Imagination gives you the picture.
Vision gives you the impulse to make the picture your own.
- Robert Collier

Gratitude is the inward feeling of kindness received.
Thankfulness is the natural impulse to express that feeling.
Thanksgiving is the following of that impulse.
- Henry Van Dyke

Having started out in theatre, I feel an impulse to do it as much as I can.
- Cillian Murphy

We knew we did not want to record at Impulse Studios again,
after the experience of recording in a 'real' studio
in London for the Radio One session we did.
- John Gallagher

We can use techniques in modifying things,
in controlling things, but the first impulse has to
be something that you simply cannot make just out of technique,
or else it becomes perfectly evident that it is nothing
but technique that you're exercising.
- Leo Ornstein

As no outward motion or change, when normal,
in man's external body can take place unless provoked by an inward impulse,
given through one of the three functions named,
so with the external or manifested Universe.
- H. P. Blavatsky

Science is the greatest creative impulse of our time.
It dominates the intellectual scene and forms our lives,
not only in the material things which it has given us,
but also in that it guides our spirit.
- Polykarp Kusch

Christ had given the apostles a world-wide commission,
embracing all the nations; but intellectually they
did not understand what He meant.
They found that out as they followed the impulse of the Spirit.
- Roland Allen

Sometimes there are two very opposite directions,
and we go with the stronger one at the end.
It's an impulse thing, like, 'Oh, I love both so much,
but it's got to be one or the other because the two don't work together.'
- Marc Jacobs

Hence, in desiring, the more the enjoyment is delayed,
the more fancy begins to weave about the object images of future fruition,
and to clothe the desired object with properties calculated to inflame the impulse.
- Samuel Alexander

I don't believe in guilt, I believe in living on impulse
as long as you never intentionally hurt another person,
and don't judge people in your life.
I think you should live completely free.
- Angelina Jolie

Thus, the focus on this main political goal must become
more visible in EU politics and to achieve this,
we need a political impulse.
It must be clear what the priorities on the agenda are.
- Angela Merkel

The high point of civilization is that you can hate
me and I can hate you but we develop an etiquette that
allows us to deal with each other because if we acted
solely upon our impulse we'd probably go to war.
- Stanley Crouch

The Christian churches were offered two things:
the spirit of Jesus and the idiotic morality of Paul,
and they rejected the higher inspiration...
Following Paul, we have turned the goodness of love
into a fiend and degraded the crowning impulse of our
being into a capital sin.
- Frank Harris

Secular humanists suspect there is something more gloriously
human about resisting the religious impulse;
about accepting the cold truth,
even if that truth is only that the universe is as
indifferent to us as we are to it.
- Tom Flynn

At the present day the crude theory of the sexual impulse held on one side,
and the ignorant rejection of theory altogether on the other side,
are beginning to be seen as both alike unjustified.
- Havelock Ellis

A part of sexuality may go to research,
and a much larger part must lead to aesthetic creation.
The art of the future will, because of the very opportunities
and materials it will have at its command,
need an infinitely stronger formative impulse than it does now.
- John Desmond Bernal

Nature, who for the perfect maintenance of the laws
of her general equilibrium,
has sometimes need of vices and sometimes of virtues,
inspires now this impulse, now that one,
in accordance with what she requires.
- Marquis de Sade

I think we will always have the impulse towards visual poetry with us,
and I wouldn't agree with Bly that it's a bad thing.
It depends on the ability of the individual poet to do it well,
and to make a shape which is interesting enough to hold your attention.
- James Laughlin

Go on thinking that you don't need to be read and you'll
find that it may become quite true:
no one will feel the need tom read it because it is
written for yourself alone;
and the public won't feel any impulse to gate crash such a private party.
- Dylan Thomas


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