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Humor is the instinct for taking pain playfully. Max Eastman, author


Instinct is a marvellous thing. It can neither be explained nor ignored. Agatha Christie, writer


Instinct is a marvelous thing. It can neither be explained nor ignored. Agatha Christie, writer


Instinct is untaught ability. Alexander Bain,


Trust your own instinct. Your mistakes might as well be your own, instead of someone else's. Billy Wilder, director


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


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


Don't you dare underestimate the power of your own instinct. Barbara Corcoran, businesswoman


Instinct is the nose of the mind. Madame de Girardin,


Instinct. When the house burns one forgets even lunch. Yes, but one eats it later in the ashes. Friedrich Nietzsche, philosopher


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, novelist


All the learning in the world cannot replace instinct. Robert Ley, soldier


A few strong instincts and a few plain rules suffice us. Ralph Waldo Emerson, poet


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


It is the rooted instinct in men to admire what is better and more beautiful than themselves. James Russell Lowell, poet


You must train your intuition -- you must trust the small voice inside you which tells you exactly what to say, what to decide. Ingrid Bergman, actress


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, activist


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, musician


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


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


When times get tough, at some point, people instinctively know they need to lighten up in order to get through it. Allen Klein, businessman


There is not, in my opinion, anything more mysterious in nature than this instinct in animals, which thus rise above reason, and yet fall infinitely short of it. Joseph Addison, writer


Few of us have vitality enough to make any of our instincts imperious. George Bernard Shaw, dramatist


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, novelist


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, actor


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


A goose flies by a chart which the Royal Geographical Society could not mend. Oliver Wendell Holmes, writer


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, writer


It is impossible to overlook the extent to which civilization is built upon a renunciation of instinct. Sigmund Freud, psychologist


Your instinct, rather than precision stabbing, is more about just random bludgeoning. Simon Pegg, comedian


If we listen human instinct actually tells us what we need, but advertising makes us want things we don't need and things we can't have. Kit Williams, author


The natural man has only two primal passions, to get and to beget. William Osler, scientist


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,


For me, that's natural. The instinct to score comes naturally and if you have it, you've got to go to it. Reggie Lewis, athlete


I've never had a plan, I've always done things from instinct. Greta Gerwig, actress


Style is primarily a matter of instinct. Bill Blass, designer


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, athlete


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, author


The herd instinct among forecasters makes sheep look like independent thinkers. Edgar R. Fiedler, economist


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


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, statesman


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, author


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


I gravitated to acting out of a mixture of instinct, naivete and opportunity. Jeffrey Combs, actor


Man is primarily governed by passion and instinct. Muhammad Iqbal, poet


A good short-story writer has an instinct for sketching in just enough background to ground the specific story. Lynn Abbey, author


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


I usually go with the first instinct, and then build upon that. John Otto, musician


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, physicist


Intuition and concepts constitute... the elements of all our knowledge, so that neither concepts without an intuition in some way corresponding to them, nor intuition without concepts, can yield knowledge. Immanuel Kant, philosopher


Telling us to obey instinct is like telling us to obey 'people.' People say different things: so do instincts. Our instincts are at war.... Each instinct, if you listen to it, will claim to be gratified at the expense of the rest.... C.S. Lewis, novelist


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, author


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, writer


I do not know whether there be, as a rule, more vocal expression of the sentiment of love between a man and a woman, than there is between two thrushes. They whistle and call to each other, guided by instinct rather than by reason. Anthony Trollope, author


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


Making movies is all about instinct. Dino De Laurentiis, director


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, philosopher


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, actor


If you're serious about what you're doing, you've got to keep your head and follow your instinct. Maybe you won't reach the same dizzy heights as others, but you will get something back. Jonny Lee Miller, actor


If you're actually allowing your creative part to control your writing rather than a more commercial instinct or motive, then you'll find that all sorts of interesting things will bubble up to the surface. Emma Thompson, actress


Telling us to obey instinct is like telling us to obey 'people.' People say different things: so do instincts. Our instincts are at war... Each instinct, if you listen to it, will claim to be gratified at the expense of the rest. C. S. Lewis, author


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, director


It was an instinct to put the world in order that powered her mending split infinitives and snipping off dangling participles, smoothing away the knots and bumps until the prose before her took on a sheen, like perfect caramel. David Leavitt, novelist


I have never been a quitter. To leave office before my term is completed is opposed to every instinct in my body. But as president I must put the interests of America first Therefore, I shall resign the presidency effective at noon tomorrow. Richard M. Nixon, president


Reasoning at every step he treads, Man yet mistakes his way, Whilst meaner things, whom instinct leads, Are rarely known to stray. William Cowper, poet


Life is like music, it must be composed by ear, feeling and instinct, not by rule. Nevertheless one had better know the rules, for they sometimes guide in doubtful cases, though not often. Paracelsus, scientist


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, president


Most mothers are instinctive philosophers. Harriet Beecher Stowe, author


If you insist upon fighting to protect me, or 'our' country, let it be understood soberly and rationally between us that you are fighting to gratify a sex instinct which I cannot share; to procure benefits where I have not shared and probably will not share. Virginia Woolf, author


Not eating meat is a decision, eating meat is an instinct. Denis Leary, actor


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, actress


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, actress


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, actress


How can you defy fear? Fear is a human instinct, just like hunger. Whether you like it or not, you become hungry. Similarly with fear. But I have learned to train myself to live with this fear. Shirin Ebadi, lawyer


Of course no one thought of anything except of attacking the enemy. It lies in the instinct of every German to rush at the enemy wherever he meets him, particularly if he meets hostile cavalry. Manfred von Richthofen, aviator


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


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,


The Labour Party is and always has been an instinctive part of my life. Roy Jenkins, politician


Freud's view is that all love is sexual in its origin or its basis. Even those loves which do not appear to be sexual or erotic have a sexual root or core. They are all sublimations of the sexual instinct. Mortimer Adler, philosopher


I think that women just have a primeval instinct to make soup, which they will try to foist on anybody who looks like a likely candidate. Dylan Moran, comedian


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, author


An insatiable appetite for glory leads to sacrifice and death, but innate instinct leads to self-preservation and life. Jose Marti, activist


I'm much more attracted personally to governments going their full term. It's very hard to have a fixed term election I know with ah... a parliamentary democracy, but I've always had an instinct to say there should be a fixed term. Jim Bolger, statesman


The people of western Missouri are, in some respects, very peculiar. We will take Jackson county where I was born for instance. In that section the people seemed to be born fighters, the instinct being inherited from a long line of ancestors. Cole Younger, criminal


I live on my gut instinct. Melanie Brown, musician


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, actor


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


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, athlete


In this choice, as I look back over more than half a century, I can only follow - and trust - the same sort of instinct that one follows in the art of fiction. Mary Augusta Ward, novelist


One of the things that I loved about listening to Miles Davis is that Miles always had an instinct for which musicians were great for what situations. He could always pick a band, and that was the thing that separated him from everybody else. Branford Marsalis, musician


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, photographer


And I think because of the passion of every English player and every English supporter, and every English journalist for the game, most of the game is played with passion, love for football and instinct, but in football you also have to think. Jose Mourinho, coach


The left-leaning thinking that dominates the movie business follows a common liberal instinct to deny the spiritual dimension to every problem, thereby profoundly compounding the difficulties. Michael Medved, journalist


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, musician


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, author


Snakes are just very instinctive to me. I've been playing with snakes since before I could walk. It doesn't matter where or what it is, from the biggest to the most venomous. Steve Irwin, scientist


There's a lot of research behind the scenes that you don't get to see, but I have an instinct that my dad nurtured from when I was born. I was very lucky then. Steve Irwin, scientist


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, psychologist


I think comedy is more my instinct and more what I'm geared towards. Austin Peck, actor


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, journalist


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, actress


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


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


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