Selected Quotes about Instinct

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

Creativity comes from trust. Trust your instincts. -- Rita Mae Brown

The wise are instructed by reason; ordinary minds by experience; the stupid, by necessity; and brutes by instinct. -- Cicero

There can be as much value in the blink of an eye as in months of rational analysis. -- Malcolm Gladwell

Truly successful decision making relies on a balance between deliberate and instinctive thinking. -- Malcolm Gladwell

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

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

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

If a man is offered a fact which goes against his instincts, he will scrutinize it closely, and unless the evidence is overwhelming, he will refuse to believe it. If, on the other hand, he is offered something which affords a reason for acting in accordance to his instincts, he will accept it even on the slightest evidence. The origin of myths is explained in this way. -- Bertrand Russell

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

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

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