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A little reflection will enable any person to detect in himself that set-ness in trifles which is the result of the unwatched instinct of self-will and to establish over himself a jealous guardianship. - Harriet Elizabeth Beecher Stowe


How instinct varies in the groveling swine, Compared, half-reasoning elephant, with thine! Twixt that and reason what a nice barrier! Forever separate, yet forever near! - Alexander Pope


We must reckon with the possibility that something in the nature of the sexual instinct itself is unfavorable to the realization of complete satisfaction. - Sigmund Freud


I decided that it was not wisdom that enabled (poets) to write their poetry, but a kind of instinct or inspiration, such as you find in seers and prophets who deliver all their sublime messages without knowing in the least what they mean. - Socrates


Instinct perfected is a faculty of using and even constructing organized instruments; intelligence perfected is the faculty of making and using unorganised instruments. - Henri-Louis Bergson


All our progress is an unfolding, like the vegetable bud, you have first an instinct, then an opinion, then a knowledge, as the plant has root, bud and fruit. Trust the instinct to the end, though you can render no reason. - Ralph Waldo Emerson


Someone once asked me why women don't gamble as much as men do, and I gave the common-sensical reply that we don't have as much money. That was a true but incomplete answer. In fact, women's total instinct for gambling is satisfied by marriage. - Gloria Steinem


Perhaps I am a bear, or some hibernating animal underneath, for the instinct to be half asleep all winter is so strong in me. - Anne Morrow Lindbergh