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Instinct Quotes and Sayings
Quotes about Instinct

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

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

Related topics: Life Human-Nature Psychology Human

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Their every instinct - and I have to say this is without exception -
is to iron out the bumps,
and It's always the bumps that are the most interesting stuff.
- Adrian Lyne

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

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

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

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

I live on my gut instinct.
- Melanie Brown

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

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 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Style is primarily a matter of instinct.
- Bill Blass

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

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

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

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

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 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

Instinct is untaught ability.
- Alexander Bain

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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