Instinct Quotes

instinct quotes

Here’s a few quotes about instincts.  There’s some really good ones in here, so take a moment to read through them:

Every time I’ve done something that doesn’t feel right, it’s ended up not being right. -Mario Cuomo

None of us can estimate what we do when we do it from instinct. -Luigi Pirandello (1867-1936)

A trembling in the bones may carry a more convincing testimony than the dry, documented deductions of the brain. -Llewelyn Powers

What is peculiar in the life of a man consists not in his obedience, but his opposition, to his instincts. In one direction or another he strives to live a supernatural life. -Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862)

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

Many a man gets weary of clamping down on his rough impulses, which if given occasional release would encourage the living of life with salt in it, in place of dust. -Henry S. Haskins

It is only by following your deepest instinct that you can lead a rich life. -Katharine Butler Hathaway

Education should be the process of helping everyone to discover his uniqueness. -Leo Buscaglia (1924-1998)

The shrewd guess, the fertile hypothesis, the courageous leap to a tentative conclusion — these are the most valuable coin of the thinker at work. -Jerome S. Bruner

I make all my decisions on intuition. I throw a spear into the darkness. That is intuition. Then I must send an army into the darkness to find the spear. That is intellect. -Ingmar Bergman

If you do not express your own original ideas, if you do not listen to your own being, you will have betrayed yourself. -Rollo May

We shall keep our horizon perfectly, absolutely, crystallinely open, ready every day for the scouring gales of impulse. -John Mistletoe

Nobody is so miserable as he who longs to be somebody other than the person he is. -Angelo Patri

The struggle to learn to listen to and respect our own intuitive, inner promptings is the greatest challenge of all. -Herb Goldberg

Only he who keeps his eye fixed on the far horizon will find his right road. -Dag Hammarskjold (1905-1961)

Spontaneity is the quality of being able to do something just because you feel like it at the moment, of trusting your instincts, of taking yourself by surprise and snatching from the clutches of your well-organized routine a bit of unscheduled pleasure. -Richard Iannelli

Spend time every day listening to what your muse is trying to tell you. -Saint Bartholomew

If men as individuals surrender to the call of their elementary instincts, avoiding pain and seeking satisfaction only for their own selves, the result for them all taken together must be a state of insecurity, of fear, and of promiscuous misery. -Albert Einstein (1879-1955)

Every time a resolve or fine glow of feeling evaporates without bearing fruit, it is worse than a chance lost; it works to hinder future emotions from taking the normal path of discharge. -William James (1842-1910)

The truth of a thing is the feel of it, not the think of it. -Stanley Kubrick

What you intuitively desire, that is possible to you. -D.H. Lawrence (1885-1930)

There’s no right way of writing. There’s only your way. -Milton Lomask

We should chiefly depend not upon that department of the soul which is most superficial and fallible (our reason), but upon that department that is deep and sure, which is instinct. -Charles Sanders Peirce (1839-1914)

Any of these instinct quotes jump out at you?  Please share your thoughts below.  BTW, you might also like these intuition quotes.

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  1. Hi Shawn…The quote”There’s no right way of writing.There’s only your way” by Milton Lomask is very true indeed! I can attest to its existence,as a neophyte writer,I follow no guidelines,just like an Instinct,I might be right or wrong,but need not to worry as I am trapped to my Truth.Is it ok?? hope so 🙂