115 Survival Instinct Quotes To Inspire You

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The Most Famous Survival Instinct Quotes (Best in 2024)

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Hunger, love, pain, fear are some of those inner forces which rule the individual's instinct for self preservation. — Albert Einstein

How we survive, is what makes us who we are. — Tim McIlrath

The instinct to survive will never change, neither will the human body's amazing ability to endure. — Lofty Wiseman

If a man is a man and not a sheep in the flock, he has a survival instinct in him that leads him to fight even if he realizes he's fighting in vain, even if he knows he will lose. — Oriana Fallaci

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

Survival is your strength not your shame. — T. S. Eliot

After a traumatic experience, the human system of self-preservation seems to go onto permanent alert, as if the danger might return at any moment. — Judith Lewis Herman

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

I was taught that the human brain was the crowning glory of evolution so far, but I think it's a very poor scheme for survival. — Kurt Vonnegut

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To survive, you must tell stories. — Umberto Eco

Short Survival Instinct Quotes

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  • Gangbanging is a survival instinct, regardless of how anybody tries to paint it. — Nipsey Hussle
  • Creativity to me is the life force that is in us. It’s an animalistic instinct for survival. — Elie Tahari
  • Life is an instinct for growth, for survival, for the accumulation of forces, for power. — Friedrich Nietzsche
  • I have an instinct for survival, for self-preservation. — Julian Barnes
  • Fear is a survival instinct; fear in its way is a comfort for it means that somewhere hope is alive. — Theodore Sturgeon
  • Like every living thing its prime characteristic is a blind, unreasoned instinct to survive. — Robert A. Heinlein
  • Morals: They're nothing but a coded survival instinct! — Theodore Sturgeon
  • There is nothing wrong with having competitive instincts. They are survival instincts. — Pat Summitt
  • I have one instinct stronger than any other thing in life, and that is the instinct for survival. — Karl Lagerfeld
  • There was the natural human survival instinct to be optimistic. — Barbara Demick

Survival Instinct Image Quotes

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Survival instinct quote Trust yourself. You have survived a lot and you will survive whatever is coming.
Trust yourself. You have survived a lot and you will survive whatever is coming.

Animal Instinct Quotes

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Our thoughts ought by instinct to fly upwards from animals, men and natural objects to their creator. If created things are so utterly lovely, how gloriously beautiful must he be who made them! The wisdom of the worker is revealed in his handiwork. — Anthony of Padua

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

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

Survival instinct quote Conflict cannot survive without your participation.
Conflict cannot survive without your participation.

Man is not like other animals in the ways that are really significant: Animals have instincts, we have taxes. — Erving Goffman

Instinct guides the animal better than the man. In the animal it is pure, in man it is led astray by his reason and intelligence. — Denis Diderot

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

Survival instinct quote Like a bird singing in the rain, the grateful memories survive in time of sorrow
Like a bird singing in the rain, the grateful memories survive in time of sorrow.

As the traveler who has lost his way, throws his reins on his horse's neck, and trusts to the instinct of the animal to find his road, so must we do with the divine animal who carries us through this world — Ralph Waldo Emerson

Very little of the great cruelty shown by men can really be attributed to cruel instinct. Most of it comes from thoughtlessness or inherited habit. Extract from 'Memories of childhood and youth.' — Albert Schweitzer

Even overweight cats instinctively know the cardinal rule: when fat, arrange yourself in slim poses. — John Weitz

Besides love and sympathy, animals exhibit other qualities connected with the social instincts which in us would be called moral. — Charles Darwin

Natural Instinct Quotes

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As soon as you touch this limit, something happens and you suddenly can go a little bit further. With your mind power, your determination, your instinct, and the experience as well, you can fly very high. — Ayrton Senna

Within every woman there is a wild and natural creature, a powerful force, filled with good instincts, passionate creativity, and ageless knowing. — Clarissa Pinkola Estes

It has taken a great deal of energy, which has not been so difficult to summon as the necessary patience to wait, simply wait much of the time - until my instincts assured me that I had assembled my materials in proper order for a final welding into their natural form. — Hart Crane

Survival instinct quote If your dog doesn’t like someone you probably shouldn’t, either.
If your dog doesn’t like someone you probably shouldn’t, either.

Forgiveness is above all a personal choice, a decision of the heart to go against the natural instinct to pay back evil with evil. — Pope John Paul II

Since man's natural instincts lead him to sin, all men are sinners; and all sinners go to hell. If everyone goes to hell, then you will meet all your friends there. — Anton Szandor LaVey

I am a visceral person by nature. I act on instinct, quickly, without pondering possible disaster and without indulging in deep introspection. — Estee Lauder

Survival instinct quote I want to live not just survive.
I want to live not just survive.

Yeah, but if you're not doing what everyone else is doing then you're going to be misunderstood. People are going to wonder why you're trying to be different; it's just a natural instinct. — Kid Cudi

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

Nature endows us with the feeling that moves us in all our musical experiences; we might call her gift instinct. — Jean-Philippe Rameau

there's only one thing i know for certain anymore." he turned, his eyes a clear black. "that i would do anything for you, even if it means going against mu instincts or my very nature. i would lay down everything i possess, even my soul, for you. if that isn't love, it's the best i have. — Becca Fitzpatrick

Love Survival Quotes

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If Canada is to survive, it can only survive in mutual respect and in love for one another. — Pierre Trudeau

Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them humanity cannot survive. — Dalai Lama

Don’t worry about things. Don’t push. Just do your work and you’ll survive. The important thing is to have a ball, to be joyful, to be loving and to be explosive. Out of that comes everything and you grow. — Ray Bradbury

Survival instinct quote The creative adult is the child who survived.
The creative adult is the child who survived.

If I had not felt certain that every additional trial was ordered by infinite love and mercy, I could not have survived my accumulated suffering. — Adoniram Judson

Treasure the love you receive above all. It will survive long after your good health has vanished. — Og Mandino

We are not afraid of predators, we're transfixed by them, prone to weave stories and fables and chatter endlessly about them, because fascination creates preparedness, and preparedness, survival. In a deeply tribal way, we love our monsters. — E. O. Wilson

Survival instinct quote They tried to bury us. They didn't know we were seeds.
They tried to bury us. They didn't know we were seeds.

My trust in a higher power that wants me to survive and have love in my life, is what keeps me moving forward. — Kenny Loggins

I’ve seen the nations rise and fall. I’ve heard their stories, heard them all, but love’s the only engine of survival. — Leonard Cohen

No relationship would be successful without a little compromise. If you can't learn to do that then I'm sorry to say your relationship will never survive. Love is about giving and taking, it's not just about smiles and kind words. Compromise is key. — Glennon Melton

Every couple needs to argue now and then. Just to prove that the relationship is strong enough to survive. Long-term relationships, the ones that matter, are all about weathering the peaks and the valleys. — Nicholas Sparks

Will To Survive Quotes

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As long as the general population is passive, apathetic, diverted to consumerism or hatred of the vulnerable, then the powerful can do as they please, and those who survive will be left to contemplate the outcome. — Noam Chomsky

When will the day come that our dignity will be fully restored, when the purpose of our lives will no longer be merely to survive until the sun rises tomorrow! — Thabo Mbeki

I don’t know how to save the world. I don’t have the answers or The Answer. I hold no secret knowledge as to how to fix the mistakes of generations past and present. I only know that without compassion and respect for all of Earth’s inhabitants, none of us will survive—nor will we deserve to. — Leonard Peltier

Survival instinct quote I want to live, not just survive.
I want to live, not just survive.

The will to survive is not as important as the will to prevail... the answer to criminal aggression is retaliation. — Jeff Cooper

If homes are going to survive, it will be because husbands and fathers again place their families at the highest level on their system of priorities. — James Dobson

I'm not a dreamer, and I'm not saying this will initiate any kind of definitive answer or cure to cancer, but I believe in miracles. I have to. — Terry Fox

Survival instinct quote Give a man a fish, he will eat for a day. Teach a man to fish, he will eat for a
Give a man a fish, he will eat for a day. Teach a man to fish, he will eat for a life time.

The thing about life is that you must survive. Life is going to be difficult, and dreadful things will happen. What you do is move along, get on with it, and be tough. Not in the sense of being mean to others, but being tough with yourself and making a deadly effort not to be defeated. — Katharine Hepburn

He who cannot change the very fabric of his thought will never be able to change reality. — Anwar Sadat

There is little value in insuring the survival of our nation if our traditions do not survive with it. And there is very grave danger that an announced need for increased security will be seized upon by those anxious to expand its meaning to the very limits of official censorship and concealment. — John F. Kennedy

Before I die, I want to be somebody’s favorite hiding place, the place they can put everything they know they need to survive, every secret, every solitude, every nervous prayer, and be absolutely certain I will keep it safe. I will keep it safe. — Andrea Gibson

Struggle For Survival Quotes

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This survival of the fittest which I have here sought to express in mechanical terms, is that which Mr. Darwin has called "natural selection", or the preservation of favoured races in the struggle for life. — Herbert Spencer

I am the harvest of man's stupidity. I am the fruit of the holocaust. I prayed like you to survive, but look at me now. It is over for us who are dead, but you must struggle, and will carry the memories all your life. People back home will wonder why you can't forget. — Eugene B. Sledge

When I played ball, I didn't play for fun. . . . It's no pink tea, and mollycoddles had better stay out. It's a contest and everything that implies, a struggle for supremacy, a survival of the fittest. — Ty Cobb

Survival instinct quote It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, b
It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.

In the end, the aggressors always destroy themselves, making way for others who know how to cooperate and get along. Life is much less a competitive struggle for survival than a triumph of cooperation and creativity. — Fritjof Capra

In the struggle for survival, the fittest win out at the expense of their rivals because they succeed in adapting themselves best to their environment. — Charles Darwin

All treaties between great states cease to be binding when they come in conflict with the struggle for existence. — Otto von Bismarck

Survival instinct quote One small crack does not mean you are broken, it means that you were put to test
One small crack does not mean you are broken, it means that you were put to test and you didn't fall apart.

Democracy holds little appeal for people who are struggling to survive. — Paul Kagame

surrenderin is unimaginably more dangerous than struggling for survival! — Leslie Feinberg

Many of these Americans who are struggling to survive are Americans of color, .. Their cries for assistance confront America with a test of our moral compass as a nation. — Elijah Cummings

Because we have suffered, and we are not afraid to suffer in order to survive, we are ready to give up everything - even our lives - in our struggle for justice. — Cesar Chavez

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More Survival Instinct Quotes

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As gang members, as young dudes in the streets, especially in L.A., we're the effect of a situation. We didn't wake up and create our own mindstate and our environment; we adapted our survival instincts. — Nipsey Hussle

When you're a kid, you live carefree. You notice things that go on around you, but you live like a kid with no worries until you get to that certain age where trials and tribulations come and you gotta fight and stay on your toes. That's when survival instincts kick in. — Jay Rock

Generosity is revolutionary, counter-instinctual. Our survival instinct is to care only for ourselves and our loved ones. But we can transform our relationship to that survival instinct by constantly asking ourselves, ‘How can I use my life’s energy to benefit all living beings? — Noah Levine

I just want my kids to love who they are, have happy lives and find something they want to do and make peace with that. Your job as a parent is to give your kids not only the instincts and talents to survive, but help them enjoy their lives. — Susan Sarandon

If this were so; if the desert were 'home'; if our instincts were forged in the desert; to survive the rigours of the desert - then it is easier to understand why greener pastures pall on us; why possessions exhaust us, and why Pascal's imaginary man found his comfortable lodgings a prison. — Bruce Chatwin

Now, helpless in the hollow of An unarmorial age, a trough Of smoke in slow suspended skeins Above their scrap of history, Only an attitude remains: Time has transfigured them into Untruth. The stone finality They hardly meant has come to be Their final blazon, and to prove Our almost-instinct almost true: What will survive of us is love. — Philip Larkin

Mental alertness is not awareness. Mental alertness only enhances your survival instincts. It does not take you towards liberation. — Jaggi Vasudev

In nature, creatures never ended the lives of others except to survive. To women, abortion was self-defense and preservation of the species. Abortion was not a fancy borne out of the female mind. Abortion was instinct beyond ideas. Abortion was fear (the cat that devours its litter when a predator nears). — Ana Castillo

Feeling fear is a good sign that your survival instincts are intact. You need to appreciate the dangers to stay safe. — Zoe Bell

You go into this survival instinct mode, when you feel like your life is in jeopardy. I found myself in the bathroom with my taser, which I have 10 of, my panic button and my cell phone. It was the most terrifying experience I've ever had in my life — Emma Roberts

I'm missing something, aren't I?" "Brains", he snapped. "And survival instinct. The Hawklord's been waiting for you for three hours." "Tell him I'm dead. — Michelle Sagara

Life is full of toil, sacrifice, and pain, and from the time we stop growing, we know that we've begun dying. We watch helplessly as year by year, our bodies age and fail, while our survival instincts compel us to keep on going-which means living with the terrifying knowledge that ultimately death is inescapable. — Jim Butcher

People have a need for certainty - and that need for certainty is in every human being, certainty that you can avoid pain, certainty that you can at least be comfortable. It's a survival instinct. — Tony Robbins

At what point does a fly give up trying to escape through a closed window – do its survival instincts keep it going until it is physically capable of no more, or does it eventually learn after one crash too many that there is no way out? At what point do you decide that enough is enough? — Tabitha Suzuma

Not every good idea survives. Not every new form of art is repeated. Not every new potential instinct is successful. Only the successful ones get repeated. By natural selection and then through repetition they become probable, more habitual. — Rupert Sheldrake

Mammals are sentient beings that want to live and are afraid to die. Evolution vouchsafed us all with an instinct to survive, reproduce and flourish. — Michael Shermer

I think there's a supreme power behind the whole thing, an intelligence. Look at all of the instincts of nature, both animals and plants, the very ingenious ways they survive. If you cut yourself, you don't have to think about it. — Clyde Tombaugh

The basic of all morality is duty, a concept with the same relation to group that self-interest has to individual. — Robert A. Heinlein

I do not admire 'the people,' as such. No one really does. Their folk wisdom is usually false, their instincts predatory. Even their sense of survival - so highly developed in the individual - goes berserk in the mass. A crowd is a fool. — Gore Vidal

If you are deemed insane, then all actions that would oherwise prove you are not do, in actuality, fall into the framework of an insane person’s actions. Your sound protests constitute denial. Your valid fears are deemed paranoia. Your survival instincts are labeled defense mechanisms. It’s a no-win situation. It’s a death penalty really. — Dennis Lehane

Fear is an instinct, like hunger or anger. We need it to help us survive, and it is nothing to be ashamed of. It lets us know whether we should fight or flee. — David Clement-Davies

In the greater part of humankind there resides an instinct for survival. It is this which can clutch at straws and effect a rescue from them. It is this which can, now and then, outwit fate. — Tanith Lee

Surely no rational or realistic person will discount the possibility that [during wartime] the United States might suddenly resort to nuclear weapons. Those who retain the instinct for survival, not to speak of minimal concern for their fellow man, will seek ways to act before rather than after the event. — Noam Chomsky

My urge to photograph is activated by an almost biological instinct for preservation from disorder. The camera is a mechanical apparatus that extends my natural ability and desire for meaningful organization. I need it to survive. — Arthur Tress

Our need to knock celebrities is...Twisted: it's deep in the mid-brain below the survival instinct. That lust to see a downfall. It's animalistic. — Peaches Geldof

Man is an animal with primary instincts of survival. Consequently his ingenuity has developed first and his soul afterwards. The progress of science is far ahead of man's ethical behavior. — Charlie Chaplin

A president, however, must stand somewhat apart, as all great presidents have known instinctively. Then the language which has the power to survive its own utterance is the most likely to move those to whom it is immediately spoken. — J. R. Pole

If you're young and inexperienced you might accept what people tell you, that everything's going to be fine, it's okay. It's usually other young people saying that, who don't know any better. It's good to have a survival instinct because increasingly, especially in the whole Arab Spring sort of violence, you're mostly with young people who have not experienced what they're doing before. — Jon Lee Anderson

In order to reinvent yourself, you have to dig deep and look at yourself. I'd lost my way creatively, and I was humbled, and so I think I got really basic about wanting to depict people in the ways that I find them amazing and funny and emotional and that I can relate to and do from an instinctive, gut place. People trying to survive ... That's what all my movies are about. — David O. Russell

I can't compare my life growing up in Leimert Park to someone in Imperial Village Projects; we don't have the same options and I understand that. You do what you do based on survival and instincts. If I know something, I try to share it and give that opportunity and enlightenment to whomever I'm around, some people might not want to hear it but once you know something, you have the option to do better. — Dom Kennedy

We're told, often enough, that as a species we are poised on the edge of the abyss. It's possible that our puffed-up, prideful intelligence has outstripped our instinct for survival and the road back to safety has already been washed away. In which case there's nothing much to be done. If there is something to be done, then one thing is for sure: those who created the problem will not be the ones who come up with a solution. — Arundhati Roy

Half of Wisconsinites are considered alcoholics. It's part of the culture of Wisconsin... if self-deprecation is their survival instinct, alcohol is their coping mechanism. — Amy Pietz

I think the biggest survival instinct that Midwesterners possess is self deprecation, it's almost a Buddha-like sense of humor in anything that is difficult to get through. They would prefer to laugh at difficulties, show their mettle through that, and toughen up and have a beer afterward. That's definitely the characteristic I've carried through me, and hope to never lose. — Amy Pietz

A species has to become pretty intellectually advanced in order to grasp the concept of death in the abstract, and to dream up the idea of immortality. Long before that (in evolutionary terms) all species with brains have the survival instinct in some form. So, I am just saying that there are many existent proofs of species that have one, but not the other. — Neal Stephenson

I actually don't think that there is a connection between the survival instinct and a hunger for immortality. — Neal Stephenson

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