Instinct

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Instinct or innate behavior is the inherent inclination of a living organism toward a particular behavior.

CONTENT : A - F , G - L , M - R , S - Z , See also , External links

Quotes[edit]

Quotes are arranged alphabetically by author

A - F[edit]

  • Instinct is untaught ability.
    • Alexander Bain, The Senses and the Intellect (1855), p. 256; in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 397-98.
  • I would rather trust a woman's instinct than a man's reason.
  • Reasoning at every step he treads,
    Man yet mistakes his way,
    While meaner creatures, whom instinct leads,
    Are rarely known to stray.
  • Good instincts usually tell you what to do long before your head has figured it out.
    • Michael Burke, quoted in: Steven Aitchison (2009), 100 Ways to Develop Your Mind: The Psychology of the Mind, p. 74.

G - L[edit]

  • Instinct is the nose of the mind.
    • Madame De Girardin, quoted in: Maturin Murray Ballou (1899), Edge-tools of speech, p. 44.
  • Ein guter Mensch in seinem dunkeln Drange
    Ist sich des rechten Weges wohl bewusst.
    • A good man, through obscurest aspirations,
      Has still an instinct of the one true way.
    • Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Faust, Prolog im Himmel, Der Herr, line 88; in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 397-98.
  • Nous n'écoutons d'instincts que ceux qui sont les nôtres.
    Et ne croyons le mal que quand il est venu.
    • 'Tis thus we heed no instincts but our own,
      Believe no evil, till the evil's done.
    • Jean de La Fontaine, Fables, I. 8; in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 397-98.

M - R[edit]

  • A fierce unrest seethes at the core
    Of all existing things:
    It was the eager wish to soar
    That gave the gods their wings.
    * * * * *
    There throbs through all the worlds that are
    This heart-beat hot and strong,
    And shaken systems, star by star,
    Awake and glow in song.
    • Don Marquis, Unrest; in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 397-98.
  • Great thoughts, great feelings, came to them,
    Like instincts, unawares.
  • But honest instinct comes a volunteer;
    Sure never to o'er-shoot, but just to hit,
    While still too wide or short in human wit.
    • Alexander Pope, An Essay on Man (1733-34), Epistle III, line 85; in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 397-98.
  • How instinct varies in the grov'lling swine,
    Compar'd, half-reasoning elephant, with thine!
    'Twixt that and reason what a nice barrier!
    Forever sep'rate, yet forever near!
    • Alexander Pope, An Essay on Man (1733-34), Epistle I, line 221; in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 397-98.
  • Instinct and reason how can we divide?
    'Tis the fool's ignorance, and the pedant's pride.
    • Matthew Prior, Solomon on the Vices of the World, Book I, line 231; in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 397-98.

S - Z[edit]

  • Instinct is a great matter; I was a coward on instinct.
  • Instinct is intelligence incapable of self-consciousness.
    • John Sterling, "Thoughts and Images", Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine (1838), Vol. XLIV, p. 201; Essays and Tales (1848), Vol. II, p. 146.
  • Trust your own instinct. Your mistakes might as well be your own, instead of someone else's.
    • Billy Wilder, quoted in: John Mason (2000), Know Your Limits-Then Ignore Them, p. 76.
  • A few strong instincts and a few plain rules.
    • William Wordsworth, Alas! What Boots the Long Laborious Quest?; in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 397-98.

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