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





Some other faculty than the intellect is necessary for the apprehension of reality.


Henri L. Bergson (1859-1941, French philosopher)


Instinct guides the animal better than the man. In the animal it is pure, in man it is led astray by his reason and intelligence.


Denis Diderot (1713-1784, French philosopher)


Our spontaneous action is always the best. You cannot, with your best deliberation and heed, come so close to any question as your spontaneous glance shall bring you.


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


When I do things without any explanation, but just with spontaneity... I can be sure that I am right.


Federico Fellini


Life is one long struggle between conclusions based on abstract ways of conceiving cases, and opposite conclusions prompted by our instinctive perception of them.


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


Nothing is impossible when we follow our inner guidance, even when its direction may threaten us by reversing our usual logic.


Gerald G. Jampolsky (1925-, American psychiatrist, lecturer, author)


I do not believe that the deeper problems of living can ever be answered by the process of thought. I believe that life itself teaches us either patience with regard to them, or reveals to us possible solutions when our hearts are pressed close against duties and sorrows and experiences of all kinds.


Hamilton Wright Mabie


Ideas pull the trigger, but instinct loads the gun.


Don Marquis (1878-1937, American humorist, journalist)


Command by instinct is swifter, subtler, deeper, more accurate, more in touch with reality than command by conscious mind. The discovery takes one's breath away.


Michael Novak


When a man begins to reason, he ceases to feel.


French Proverb (Sayings of French origin)


Nothing reaches the intellect before making its appearance in the senses.


Latin Proverb (Sayings of Latin origin)


Pure logic is the ruin of the spirit.


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


Well-bred instinct meets reason halfway.


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


Improvisation is too good to leave to chance.


Paul Simon (1941-, American musician, singer, songwriter)


Through spontaneity we are re-formed into ourselves. It creates an explosion that for the moment frees us from handed-down frames of reference, memory choked with old facts and information and undigested theories and techniques of other people's findings. Spontaneity is the moment of personal freedom when we are faced with reality, and see it, explore it and act accordingly. In this reality the bits and pieces of ourselves function as an organic whole. It is the time of discovery, of experiencing, of creative expression.


Viola Spolin (1911-, American theatrical director, producer)


A mind all logic is like a knife all blade. It makes the hand bleed that uses it.


Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941, Indian poet, philosopher)


No one is more liable to make mistakes than the man who acts only on reflection.


Marquis De Vauvenargues (1715-1747, French moralist)


People who lean on logic and philosophy and rational exposition end by starving the best part of the mind.


William Butler Yeats (1865-1939, Irish poet, playwright.)


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