Quotations on Instinct

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A good short-story writer has an instinct for sketching in just enough background to ground the specific story.
- Lynn Abbey
(Keywords: Instinct, Writer)

Today I trust my instinct, I trust myself. Finally.
- Isabelle Adjani
(Keywords: Trust, Instinct, Today)

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
(Keywords: Character, Clothes, Influence, Instinct, Magic, Manners, Worth)

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
(Keywords: Business, Actors, Instinct, Managers)

The need of expansion is as genuine an instinct in man as the need in a plant for the light, or the need in man himself for going upright. The love of liberty is simply the instinct in man for expansion.
- Matthew Arnold
(Keywords: Love, Instinct, Liberty, Light, Man)

The instinct to impersonate produces the actor; the desire to provide pleasure by impersonations produces the playwright; the desire to provide this pleasure with adequate characterization and dialogue memorable in itself produces dramatic literature.
- George P. Baker
(Keywords: Actor, Desire, Instinct, Literature, Pleasure)

To revolt is a natural tendency of life. Even a worm turns against the foot that crushes it. In general, the vitality and relative dignity of an animal can be measured by the intensity of its instinct to revolt.
- Mikhail Bakunin
(Keywords: Life, Dignity, Instinct, Vitality)

I would rather trust a woman's instinct than a man's reason.
- Stanley Baldwin
(Keywords: Trust, Instinct, Man, Reason, Woman)

Love has its own instinct, finding the way to the heart, as the feeblest insect finds the way to its flower, with a will which nothing can dismay nor turn aside.
- Honore De Balzac
(Keywords: Love, Heart, Instinct, Nothing, Will)

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
(Keywords: Women, Instinct, Reason, Woman)

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
(Keywords: Men, Genius, People, Character, Deep, Instinct, Judges, Quick, Thinking)

It taught me that Clinton's instinct to make this about your life as a citizen, rather than his as a human being, was the right answer to these things.
- Paul Begala
(Keywords: Life, Being, Instinct, Right)

At this period the enthusiasm of the amateur was fast giving way to a more steady commercial instinct, and I let no opportunity slip of improving my position, but I felt that I was still labouring under the disadvantage of not having acquired some technical profession.
- Henry Bessemer
(Keywords: Opportunity, Enthusiasm, Giving, Instinct, Profession)

Style is primarily a matter of instinct.
- Bill Blass
(Keywords: Instinct, Style)

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
(Keywords: Instinct, Metaphysics)

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
(Keywords: Experience, Effect, Instinct, Light, Treatment)

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
(Keywords: Performance, Instinct, Reading, Song, Years)

He had no failings which were not owing to a noble cause; to an ardent, generous, perhaps an immoderate passion for fame; a passion which is the instinct of all great souls.
- Edmund Burke
(Keywords: Cause, Fame, Instinct, Passion)

Passion for fame: A passion which is the instinct of all great souls.
- Edmund Burke
(Keywords: Instinct, Passion)

To live is like to love - all reason is against it, and all healthy instinct for it.
- Samuel Butler
(Keywords: Love, Instinct, Reason)

Retaliation is related to nature and instinct, not to law. Law, by definition, cannot obey the same rules as nature.
- Albert Camus
(Keywords: Nature, Instinct, Law, Rules)

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
(Keywords: Life, Soul, Instinct, Nothing, Will)

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
(Keywords: Instinct, Now)

The wise are instructed by reason, average minds by experience, the stupid by necessity and the brute by instinct.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero
(Keywords: Experience, Instinct, Necessity, Reason)

The instinct of nearly all societies is to lock up anybody who is truly free. First, society begins by trying to beat you up. If this fails, they try to poison you. If this fails too, the finish by loading honors on your head.
- Jean Cocteau
(Keywords: Society, First, Instinct, Poison, Trying)

Bullies are always cowards at heart and may be credited with a pretty safe instinct in scenting their prey.
- Anna Julia Cooper
(Keywords: Heart, Cowards, Instinct, May, Pretty)

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

I had this instinct and I just knew it. It was a very strange thing and as soon as I finished recording it, we were all in the studio saying we have something really special here.
- Deborah Cox
(Keywords: Instinct, Saying)

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
(Keywords: Intelligence, Instinct, Reason)

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
(Keywords: Intelligence, Instinct, Reason)

The very essence of instinct is that it's followed independently of reason.
- Charles Darwin
(Keywords: Instinct, Reason)

Reason is the servant of instinct.
- Clarence Day
(Keywords: Instinct, Reason)

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
(Keywords: Love, Acting, Instinct, Want)

I don't like formal gardens. I like wild nature. It's just the wilderness instinct in me, I guess.
- Walt Disney
(Keywords: Nature, Gardens, Instinct, Wilderness)

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
(Keywords: Civilization, Instinct, Reason)

Love between a man and a woman is founded on the mating instinct and is not free from desire and self-seeking. But to have a friend and to be true under any and all trials is the mark of a man!
- Charles Alexander Eastman
(Keywords: Love, Friend, Desire, Instinct, Man, Self, Trials, Woman)

Humor is the instinct for taking pain playfully.
- Max Eastman
(Keywords: Humor, Instinct, Pain)

The husband - by primitive instinct partly, certainly by ancient tradition - regards himself as the active partner in matters of love and his own pleasure as legitimately the prime motive for activity.
- Havelock Ellis
(Keywords: Love, Husband, Instinct, Motive, Pleasure, Tradition)

Trust your instinct to the end, though you can render no reason.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
(Keywords: Trust, End, Instinct, Reason)

The herd instinct among forecasters makes sheep look like independent thinkers.
- Edgar R. Fiedler
(Keywords: Instinct, Sheep)

My primary instinct as an actor is not the big transformation. It's thrilling if a performer can do that well, but that's not me. Often with actors, it's a case of witnessing a big party piece but wondering afterwards, where's the substance?
- Colin Firth
(Keywords: Actor, Actors, Instinct, Party)

It is impossible to overlook the extent to which civilization is built upon a renunciation of instinct.
- Sigmund Freud
(Keywords: Civilization, Instinct, Renunciation)

Men have been found to deny woman intellect; they have credited her with instinct, with intuition, with a capacity to correlate cause and effect much as a dog connects its collar with a walk.
- W. L. George
(Keywords: Men, Cause, Effect, Instinct, Intellect, Intuition, Woman)

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
(Keywords: Experience, Morality, Thought, End, Instinct, Logic, Salvation)

Instinct is the nose of the mind.
- Delphine de Girardin
(Keywords: Instinct, Mind)

It's a perfectly human instinct to want to be near water.
- Stone Gossard
(Keywords: Instinct, Want, Water)

My instinct was that it was Sidney's childhood in the Bahamas that gave him the fearlessness to fight racism. So this documentary was a kind of rounding out of what had begun in that scene in In the Heat of the Night.
- Lee Grant
(Keywords: Childhood, Fight, Instinct, Night, Racism)

I loved being asked 2,000 questions a day, storyboarding every move, knowing as though by instinct exactly where the camera had to be, because it was my story.
- Richard Grant
(Keywords: Being, Day, Instinct, Questions)

I was thinking about doing another film at the same time, which was the sequel to Basic Instinct and I just had a feeling that wasn't going to happen. You know, I just kind of read the writing on the wall.
- Bruce Greenwood
(Keywords: Time, Feeling, Film, Instinct, Thinking, Writing)

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
(Keywords: Soul, Instinct, May, Pain, Spirit, Spiritual)



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