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When a gifted team dedicates itself to unselfish trust and combines instinct with boldness and effort, it is ready to climb.

Patanjali Quotes

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A few strong instincts and a few plain rules.

William Wordsworth Quotes , Source: Alas! What Boots the Long Laborious Quest?

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As the traveler who has lost his way, throws his reins on his horse's neck, and trusts to the instinct of the animal to find his road, so must we do with the divine animal who carries us through this world

Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes

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Trust the instinct to the end, though you can render no reason

Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes

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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....

C.S. Lewis Quotes

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Good instincts usually tell you what to do long before your head has figured it out.

Michael Burke Quotes

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There is no instinct like that of the heart.

Lord Byron Quotes

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Instinct is untaught ability

Alexander Bain Quotes

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How do geese know when to fly to the sun? Who tells them the seasons? How do we, humans know when it is time to move on? As with the migrant birds, so surely with us, there is a voice within if only we would listen to it, that tells us certainly when to go forth into the unknown.

Elisabeth Kubler-Ross Quotes

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She had a womanly instinct that clothes possess an influence more powerful over many than the worth of character or the magic of manners.

Louisa May Alcott Quotes

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The ideal condition would be, I admit, that men should be right by instinct; but since we are all likely to go astray, The reasonable thing is to learn from those who can teach

Sophocles Quotes

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Instinct is untaught ability.

Alexander Bain Quotes , Source: Senses and Intellect (p. 256)

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A good man, through obscurest aspirations Has still an instinct of the one true way. [Ger., Ein guter Mensch, in seinem dunkeln Drange, Ist sich des rechten Weges sohl bewusst.]

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Quotes , Source: Faust--Prolog in Himmel--Der Herr (l. 88)

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'Tis thus we heed no instincts but our own, Believe no evil, till the evil's done. [Fr., Nous n'ecoutons d'instincts que ceux qui sont les notres. Et ne croyons le mal que quand il est venu.]

Jean de La Fontaine Quotes , Source: Fables (I, 8)

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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 not and strong, And shaken systems, star by star, Awake and glow in song.

Donald Marquis (D.R.P. Marquis) ("Don Marquis") Quotes , Source: Unrest

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Great thoughts, great feelings, came to them, Like instincts, unawares.

Richard Monckton Milnes, Lord Houghton Quotes , Source: The Men of Old

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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 Quotes , Source: Essay on Man (ep. I, l. 221)

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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 Quotes , Source: Essay on Man (ep. III, l. 85)

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Instinct and reason how can we divide? 'Tis the fool's ignorance, and the pedant's pride.

Matthew Prior Quotes , Source: Solomon on the Vices of the World (bk. I, l. 231)

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Instinct is a great matter. I was now a coward on instinct.

William Shakespeare Quotes , Source: King Henry the Fourth, Part I (Prince Henry at II, iv)

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

William Cowper Quotes

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Creativity comes from trust. Trust your instincts. And never hope more than you work.

Rita Mae Brown Quotes

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

Van Hartmann Quotes

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The very essence of instinct is that it's followed independently of reason.

Charles Darwin Quotes

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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 Quotes

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