An aphorism is nothing else but the slightest
form of writing raised to the highest level of expressive communication. Carl William Brown





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.


Joseph Addison (1672-1719, British essayist, poet, statesman)


Man is a passion which brings a will into play, which works an intelligence.


Henri Frederic Amiel (1821-1881, Swiss philosopher, poet, critic)


Unconsciousness, spontaneity, instinct... hold us to the earth and dictate the relatively good and useful.


Henri Frederic Amiel (1821-1881, Swiss philosopher, poet, critic)


Instinct is untaught ability.


Alexander Bain (1845-1928, Scottish philosopher and psychologist)


Spend time every day listening to what your muse is trying to tell you.


Saint Bartholomew


I make all my decisions on intuition. I throw a spear into the darkness. That is intuition. Then I must send an army into the darkness to find the spear. That is intellect.


Ingmar Bergman (1918-, Swedish stage, film writer, director)


Our real duty is always found running in the direction of our worthiest desires.


Randolph S. Bourne (1886-1918, American writer)


What's a joy to the one is a nightmare to the other.


Bertolt Brecht (1898-1956, German dramatist, poet)


The shrewd guess, the fertile hypothesis, the courageous leap to a tentative conclusion -- these are the most valuable coin of the thinker at work.


Jerome S. Bruner


Education should be the process of helping everyone to discover his uniqueness.


Leo Buscaglia (1924-1998, American expert on love, lecturer, author)


Facts are not truths; they are not conclusions; they are not even premisses, but in the nature and parts of premisses.


Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834, British poet, critic, philosopher)


Every time I've done something that doesn't feel right, it's ended up not being right.


Mario Cuomo


A man must be obedient to the promptings of his innermost heart.


Robertson Davies (1913-1995, Canadian novelist, journalist)


Falling in love is one of the activities forbidden that tiresome person, the consistently reasonable man.


Arthur Stanley Eddington


If men as individuals surrender to the call of their elementary instincts, avoiding pain and seeking satisfaction only for their own selves, the result for them all taken together must be a state of insecurity, of fear, and of promiscuous misery.


Albert Einstein (1879-1955, German-born American physicist)


A few strong instincts and a few plain rules suffice us.


Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882, American poet, essayist)


Reason, ruling alone, is a force confining; and passion, unattended, is a flame that burns to its own destruction.


Kahlil Gibran (1883-1931, Lebanese poet, novelist)


Nothing is good for everyone, but only relatively to some people.


Andre Gide (1869-1951, French author)


Instinct is the nose of the mind.


Madame de Girardin


The struggle to learn to listen to and respect our own intuitive, inner promptings is the greatest challenge of all.


Herb Goldberg


Only he who keeps his eye fixed on the far horizon will find his right road.


Dag Hammarskjold (1905-1961, Swedish statesman, Secretary-General of the UN)


Instinct is action taken in pursuance of a purpose, but without conscious perception of what the purpose is.


Van Hartmann


Many a man gets weary of clamping down on his rough impulses, which if given occasional release would encourage the living of life with salt in it, in place of dust.


Henry S. Haskins


It is only by following your deepest instinct that you can lead a rich life.


Katharine Butler Hathaway


Cherish your emotions and never undervalue them.


Robert Henri (1865-1929, American realist painter)


A goose flies by a chart which the Royal Geographical Society could not mend.


Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809-1894, American author, wit, poet)


Systems die; instincts remain.


Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809-1894, American author, wit, poet)


Modern man's besetting temptation is to sacrifice his direct perceptions and spontaneous feelings to his reasoned reflections; to prefer in all circumstances the verdict of his intellect to that of his immediate intuitions.


Aldous Huxley (1894-1963, British author)


Spontaneity is the quality of being able to do something just because you feel like it at the moment, of trusting your instincts, of taking yourself by surprise and snatching from the clutches of your well-organized routine a bit of unscheduled pleasure.


Richard Iannelli


Every time a resolve or fine glow of feeling evaporates without bearing fruit, it is worse than a chance lost; it works to hinder future emotions from taking the normal path of discharge.


William James (1842-1910, American psychologist, professor, author)


Impulse without reason is not enough, and reason without impulse is a poor makeshift.


William James (1842-1910, American psychologist, professor, author)


The thinker philosophizes as the lover loves. Even were the consequences not only useless but harmful, he must obey his impulse.


William James (1842-1910, American psychologist, professor, author)


Intuition and concepts constitute... the elements of all our knowledge, so that neither concepts without an intuition in some way corresponding to them, nor intuition without concepts, can yield knowledge.


Immanuel Kant (1724-1804, German philosopher)


Intuition and concepts constitute... the elements of all our knowledge, so that neither concepts without an intuition in some way corresponding to them, nor intuition without concepts, can yield knowledge.


Immanuel Kant (1724-1804, German philosopher)


The conclusions of passion are the only reliable ones.


Soren Kierkegaard (1813-1855, Danish philosopher, writer)


We do not wish ardently for what we desire only through reason.


Francois De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680, French classical writer)


What you intuitively desire, that is possible to you.


D. H. Lawrence (1885-1930, British author)


What's important is finding out what works for you.


Henry Moore


There's no right way of writing. There's only your way.


Milton Lomask


There are as many ways to live and grow as there are people. Our own ways are the only ways that should matter to us.


Evelyn Mandel


If you do not express your own original ideas, if you do not listen to your own being, you will have betrayed yourself.


Rollo May (1931-, American psychologist)


We shall keep our horizon perfectly, absolutely, crystallinely open, ready every day for the scouring gales of impulse.


John Mistletoe


Everyone has a right to his own course of action.


Jean Baptiste Moliere (1622-1673, French playwright)


The active part of man consists of powerful instincts, some of which are gentle and continuous; others violent and short; some baser, some nobler, and all necessary.


Francis W. Newman


Instinct. When the house burns one forgets even lunch. Yes, but one eats it later in the ashes.


Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900, German philosopher)


The natural man has only two primal passions, to get and to beget.


Sir William Osler (1849-1919, Canadian physician)


All our reasoning ends in surrender to feeling.


Blaise Pascal (1623-1662, French scientist, religious philosopher)


Nobody is so miserable as he who longs to be somebody other than the person he is.


Angelo Patri


We should chiefly depend not upon that department of the soul which is most superficial and fallible (our reason), but upon that department that is deep and sure, which is instinct.


Charles Sanders Peirce (1839-1914, American philosopher, logician, mathematician)


None of us can estimate what we do when we do it from instinct.


Luigi Pirandello (1867-1936, Italian author, playwright)


A trembling in the bones may carry a more convincing testimony than the dry, documented deductions of the brain.


Llewelyn Powers


Freedom and constraint are two aspects of the same necessity, the necessity of being the man you are, and not another. You are free to be that man, but not free to be another.


Antoine De Saint-Exupery (1900-1944, French aviator, writer)


It is wisdom to believe the heart.


George Santayana (1863-1952, American philosopher, poet)


If you go to heaven without being naturally qualified for it, you will not enjoy it there.


George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950, Irish-born British dramatist)


Life is not governed by will or intention. Life is a question of nerves, and fibers, and slowly built-up cells in which thought hides itself, and passion has its dreams.


Oscar Wilde (1856-1900, British author, wit)


Instinct is intelligence incapable of self-consciousness.


John Sterling (American sports announcer)


What is peculiar in the life of a man consists not in his obedience, but his opposition, to his instincts. In one direction or another he strives to live a supernatural life.


Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862, American essayist, poet, naturalist)


We are so clothed in rationalization and dissemblance that we can recognize but dimly the deep primal impulses that motivate us.


James Ramsey Ullman


What one man does, another fails to do; what's fit for me may not be fit for you.


Author Unknown


But are not this struggle and even the mistakes one may make better, and do they not develop us more, than if we kept systematically away from emotions?


Vincent Van Gogh (1853-1890, Dutch-born French painter)


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