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Instinct quotes and quotations

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