Instinct Quotes And Sayings

Quotes And Sayings About Instinct

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Sticking to your values, listening to your instincts, making your own choices is so important.
~By Brittany Murphy ~


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


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.
~By Jean Cocteau ~


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.
~By Katharine Fullerton Gerould ~


There was nothing in all Douglas's powerful effort that appealed to the higher instincts of human nature, while Lincoln always touched sympathetic cords. Lincoln's speech excited and sustained the enthusiasm of his audience to the end.
~By Henry Villard ~


I also learned to be more confident, to trust my instincts more.
~By Lindsey Buckingham ~


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.
~By Theodore Dreiser ~


To seek understanding before taking action, yet to trust my instincts when action is called for. Never to avoid danger from fear, never to seek out danger for its own sake. Never to conform to fashion from fear of eccentricity, never to be eccentric from fear of conformity.
~By Steven Brust ~


All men have an instinct for conflict: at least, all healthy men.
~By Hilaire Belloc ~


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.
~By Max Beerbohm ~


Back through the ages of barbarism and civilization, in all tongues, we find this instinctive pleasure in the imitative action that is the very essence of all drama.
~By George P. Baker ~


The creation of something new is not accomplished by the intellect but by the play instinct acting from inner necessity. The creative mind plays with the objects it loves.
~By Carl Jung ~


I have no acting technique I act instinctively. That's why I can't play any role that isn't based on something in my life.
~By Ethel Waters ~


I think comedy's something you can't learn. It's an instinct, which makes it rather elusive.
~By Julie Walters ~


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.
~By Kit Williams ~


The parent knows instinctively that if they're working and setting an example for their child that means that child is more likely to be in school, more likely to stay out of trouble and more likely to complete their education.
~By John Engler ~


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.
~By Branford Marsalis ~


Two things control men's nature, instinct and experience.
~By Blaise Pascal ~


He was gifted with the sly, sharp instinct for self-preservation that passes for wisdom among the rich.
~By Evelyn Waugh ~


To destroy a standing crop goes against the soundest instincts of human nature.
~By Henry Cantwell Wallace ~


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.
~By Edmund Burke ~


My instincts are not comedic.
~By Josh Lucas ~


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.
~By Mikhail Bakunin ~


Looking back on those games, I probably hustled out of position as much as I hustled into position since I really never had any real training. I was working on instincts alone.
~By Jim Evans ~


People just don't laugh when their family is violated, and you don't shrug it off. You band together and you defend together. It's a funny, primitive instinct.
~By Phillip Noyce ~


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.
~By Dylan Moran ~


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?
~By Colin Firth ~


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.
~By Lee Grant ~


The best actors instinctively feel out what the other actors need, and they just accommodate it.
~By Christopher Nolan ~


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


I used my instincts. It's very easy to imagine how you'd feel, actually. I just had to tell the narrative.
~By Christopher Eccleston ~


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


Instinct is untaught ability.
~By Alexander Bain ~


I think one of the coolest things about the job is the level of trust we have for each other. The actors fully trust that the writers will write amazing episodes, and the writers trust that the actors will follow their instincts with the characters.
~By John Krasinski ~


A dislike of death is no proof of the want of religion. The instincts of nature shrink from it, for no creature can like its own dissolution. But though death is not desired, the result of it may be, for dying to the Christian is the way to life eternal.
~By William Jay ~


Be a good animal, true to your animal instincts.
~By David Herbert Lawrence ~


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.
~By Philipus Aureolus Paracelsus ~


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.
~By Hart Crane ~


You needn't tell me that a man who doesn't love oysters and asparagus and good wines has got a soul, or a stomach either. He's simply got the instinct for being unhappy highly developed.
~By Hector Hugh Munro ~


Passion for fame: A passion which is the instinct of all great souls.
~By Edmund Burke ~


Well, I don't know what Ron has in mind, but I do know about the arc of the show. Looking at how intuitive and instinctive Eddie and I play, that is the sort of thing that leads into sexual chemistry. I wouldn't be surprised if it emerged.
~By Mary McDonnell ~


We believe that civilization has been created under the pressure of the exigencies of life at the cost of satisfaction of the instincts.
~By Sigmund Freud ~


If an animal does something, we call it instinct; if we do the same thing for the same reason, we call it intelligence.
~By Will Cuppy ~


David was the kind of guy who was totally supportive of the actors and instructed the writing staff to trust the actor's instincts, since after all, it's the actors playing the character.
~By William Devane ~


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


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.
~By Mortimer Adler ~


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.
~By Deborah Cox ~


The wise are instructed by reason, average minds by experience, the stupid by necessity and the brute by instinct.
~By Marcus Tullius Cicero ~


Everything I do in my life is very instinctual and in the moment. If I'm attracted to something, that's it. If I have reservations, those don't change till they're resolved. My first impression is how I go.
~By Andy Garcia ~


A lot of performing instincts are involved in the business of direction, but so is analysis and having a sense of literature.
~By Trevor Nunn ~


To be womanly is one thing, and one only; it is to be sensitive to man, to be highly endowed with the sex instinct; to be manly is to be sensitive to woman.
~By Jane Harrison ~


Poetry and progress are like two ambitious men who hate one another with an instinctive hatred, and when they meet upon the same road, one of them has to give place.
~By Charles Baudelaire ~


I really like to experiment. That's the only way I can work. It's instinctive.
~By F. Murray Abraham ~


My instincts are always against people who want to fasten some sort of hegemony onto things.
~By Clifford Geertz ~


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.
~By Michael Medved ~


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.
~By Bruce Greenwood ~


The only sense that is common in the long run, is the sense of change and we all instinctively avoid it.
~By E. B. White ~


You know, I left the country when Reagan got in; I went to France. And when George Bush Jr. got in, my instincts told me it was time to go - I'd felt that we had grown above that, you know?
~By Tommy Chong ~


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.
~By Jennifer Capriati ~


In all my public and private acts as your president, I expect to follow my instincts of openness and candor with full confidence that honesty is always the best policy in the end.
~By Gerald R. Ford ~


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.
~By Cole Younger ~


My mother listened to all the news from the camp during the strike. She said little, especially when my father or the men who worked for him were about I remember her instinctive and unhesitating sympathy for the miners.
~By Agnes Smedley ~


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


The instinct to worship is hardly less strong than the instinct to eat.
~By Dorothy Thompson ~


In art as in love, instinct is enough.
~By Anatole France ~


I'm pretty instinctive. I'm a quick learner.
~By Shannon Elizabeth ~


Literature... is the union of suffering with the instinct for form.
~By Thomas Mann ~


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.
~By Havelock Ellis ~


Instinct is intelligence incapable of self-consciousness.
~By John Sterling ~


Instinct perfected is a faculty of using and even constructing organized instruments; intelligence perfected is the faculty of making and using unorganized instruments.
~By Henri Bergson ~


I've realized that being happy is a choice. You never want to rub anybody the wrong way or not be fun to be around, but you have to be happy. When I get logical and I don't trust my instincts - Thats when I get in trouble.
~By Angelina Jolie ~


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.
~By Karel Capek ~


I have always had strong maternal instincts. Even when I was still a child I cut out pictures of prams from newspapers and imagined the feeling of pushing my own pram through fresh winter snow and seeing the wheels' tracks behind me in the snow.
~By Agnetha Faltskog ~


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.
~By Clyde Tombaugh ~


Fame is empowering. My mistake was that I thought I would instinctively know how to handle it. But there's no manual, no training course.
~By Charlie Sheen ~


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.
~By Mary A. Ward ~


As an adult (after college) and as an artist I thought about what was real, what sustained me - it was Christian Science. I was using that when I didn't know it. Saying yes to the Light and your better instinct.
~By Alfre Woodard ~


I focus on the writing and let the rest of the process take care of itself. I've learned to trust my own instincts and I've also learned to take risks.
~By Sue Grafton ~


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


The herd instinct among forecasters makes sheep look like independent thinkers.
~By Edgar R. Fiedler ~


Reason is the servant of instinct.
~By Clarence Day ~


September 11 is one of our worst days but it brought out the best in us. It unified us as a country and showed our charitable instincts and reminded us of what we stood for and stand for.
~By Lamar Alexander ~


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.
~By Manfred von Richthofen ~


Mud-pies gratify one of our first and best instincts. So long as we are dirty, we are pure.
~By Charles Dudley Warner ~


I'm not an instinctive actor.
~By John Thaw ~


I really just followed my musical instincts every step of my life.
~By Boz Scaggs ~


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.
~By Jose Mourinho ~


There are people who claim to be instinctive cooks, who never follow recipes or weigh anything at all. All I can say is they're not very fussy about what they eat. For me, cooking is an exact art and not some casual game.
~By Delia Smith ~


My first instinct was to cast as close to the short story as possible, but then I realized that I needed actors who could go for it and that they had to function well as a couple in a love story.
~By Ang Lee ~


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!
~By Charles Alexander Eastman ~


They've pursued their own agendas, and they've done what they've wanted to do and not pursued traditional careers in the music industry. They've followed their own instincts, and they are in many ways maverick performers.
~By Neil Tennant ~


Growing up human is uniquely a matter of social relations rather than biology. What we learn from connections within the family takes the place of instincts that program the behavior of animals; which raises the question, how good are these connections?
~By Elizabeth Janeway ~


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


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


Being varied is something I do instinctively and naturally. I feel a tremendous sense of accomplishment.
~By Sarah Brightman ~


Today I trust my instinct, I trust myself. Finally.
~By Isabelle Adjani ~


And suddenly I realised that I was no longer driving the car consciously. I was driving it by a kind of instinct, only I was in a different dimension.
~By Ayrton Senna ~


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.
~By Steve Irwin ~


I live on my gut instinct.
~By Melanie Brown ~


Most mothers are instinctive philosophers.
~By Harriet Beecher Stowe ~

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