Quotes by instinct

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  • Arthur Christopher Benson
    Arthur Christopher Benson
    English essayist, poet, author and academic 1862-1925
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    I believe in instinct, not in reason. When reason is right, nine times out of ten it is impotent, and when it prevails, nine times out of ten it is wrong.
  • Edmund Burke
    Edmund Burke
    English politician and philosopher 1729-1797
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    Passion for fame: A passion which is the instinct of all great souls.
  • C. S. Lewis
    C. S. Lewis
    Irish novelist and poet 1898-1963
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    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.
  • Joseph Addison
    Joseph Addison
    English politician, writer and poet 1672-1719
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    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.
  • Harriet Beecher Stowe
    Harriet Beecher Stowe
    American Novelist 1811-1896
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    A little reflection will enable any person to detect in himself that setness in trifles which is the result of the unwatched instinct of self-will and to establish over himself a jealous guardianship.
  • Prince Philip
    Prince Philip
    British prince, husband of Queen Elizabeth II 1921-
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    All money nowadays seems to be produced with a natural homing instinct for the Treasury.
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
    Ralph Waldo Emerson
    American poet and philosopher 1803-1882
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    All our progress is an unfolding, like a vegetable bud. You have first an instinct, then an opinion, then a knowledge as the plant has root, bud, and fruit. Trust the instinct to the end, though you can render no reason.
  • Carl von Clausewitz
    Carl von Clausewitz
    Prussian general and military 1780-1831
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    An intellectual instinct which extracts the essence from the phenomena of life, as a bee sucks honey from a flower. In addition to study and reflections, life itself serves as a source.
    Source: On War (1832)
  • Bill Brandt
    Bill Brandt
    British photographer and photojournalist 1904-1983
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    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.
  • Arnold Bennett
    Arnold Bennett
    British novelist 1867-1931
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    Because her instinct has told her, or because she has been reliably informed, the faded virgin knows that the supreme joys are not for her; she knows by a process of the intellect; but she can feel her deprivation no more than the young mother can feel the hardship of the virgin's lot.
  • Anna Julia Cooper
    Anna Julia Cooper
    American author, activist and sociologist 1858-1964
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    Bullies are always cowards at heart and may be credited with a pretty safe instinct in scenting their prey.
  • Bertrand Russell
    Bertrand Russell
    English philosopher and mathematician 1872-1970
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    Civilized people cannot fully satisfy their sexual instinct without love.
  • Bertrand Russell
    Bertrand Russell
    English philosopher and mathematician 1872-1970
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    Collective fear stimulates herd instinct, and tends to produce ferocity toward those who are not regarded as members of the herd.
    Source: An Outline of Intellectual Rubbish: A Hilarious Catalogue of Organized and Individual Stupidity
  • Ben Elton
    Ben Elton
    British-Australian comedian, author, playwright, actor and director 1959-
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    Comedy will always be central to what I do, it's just an instinct for me.
  • Josh Billings
    Josh Billings
    American humorist 1815-1885
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    Common sense is instinct, and enough of it is genius.
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