A Quote by Oscar Fingall O'Flahertie Wills Wilde on death, instinct, knowledge, and people

Relations are simply a tedious pack of people, who haven't got the remotest knowledge of how to live, nor the smallest instinct about when to die

Oscar Wilde (1854 - 1900)

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A Quote by N. Hawthorne on electricity, facts, instinct, intelligence, time, and world

Is it a fact - or have I dreamt it - that, by means of electricity, the world of matter has become a great nerve, vibrating thousands of miles in a breathless point of time? Rather, the round globe is a vast head, a brain, instinct with intelligence!

N. Hawthorne

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A Quote by Marcel Boulestin on art and instinct

Cookery is not chemistry. It is an art. It requires instinct and taste rather than exact measurements.

Marcel Boulestin

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A Quote by Sir Laurence Kerr, Baron Olivier of Brighton on instinct

Surely we have always acted; it is an instinct inherent in all of us. Some of us are better at it than others, but we all do it.

Laurence Olivier (1907 - 1989)

Source: Olivier on Acting in New York Times, 26 Oct 1986.

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A Quote by Katharine Butler Hathaway on consequences, fear, instinct, and life

If you let your fear of consequence prevent you from following your deepest instinct, then your life will be safe, expedient and thin.

Katharine Butler Hathaway

Source: The Journals and Letters of the Little Locksmith, 1946.

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A Quote by J.W. Glaisher on effort, good, instinct, learning, tact, trust, and work

The mathematician requires tact and good taste at every step of his work, and he has to learn to trust to his own instinct to distinguish between what is really worthy of his efforts and what is not.

J.W. Glaisher

Source: H. Eves Mathematical Circles Squared, Boston: Prindle, Weber and Schmidt, 1972.

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A Quote by Jonathan Swift on debate, design, dogs, genius, horses, instinct, lies, nature, obstinacy, and talent

Brutes find out where their talents lie; A bear will not attempt to fly, A foundered horse will oft debate Before he tries a five barred gate. A dog by instinct turns aside Who sees the ditch too deep and wide, But man we find the only creature Who, led by folly, combats nature; Who, when she loudly cries-Forbear! With obstinacy fixes there; And where the genius least inclines, Absurdly bends his whole designs.

Jonathan Swift (1667 - 1745)

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A Quote by John Irving on injustice, instinct, and motivation

A personal injustice is stronger motivation than any instinct for philanthropy.

John Irving (1942 -)

Source: Dr. Lowji Daruwalla, in A Son of the Circus, by John Irving, 1994

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A Quote by J.J. Sylvester on future, ideas, instinct, learning, and nature

So long as a man remains a gregarious and sociable being, he cannot cut himself off from the gratification of the instinct of imparting what he is learning, of propagating through others the ideas and impressions seething in his own brain, without stunting and atrophying his moral nature and drying up the surest sources of his future intellectual replenishment.

J.J. Sylvester (1814 - 1897)

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A Quote by Clive Staples (Jack) Lewis on instinct, listening, people, rest, and war

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. . . .

Jack Lewis (1898 - 1963)

Source: Lewis, C.S. The Abolition of Man, Collins, Fount Paperback, 1978

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