instinct

A Quote by Edward O. Sisson on children, clarity, confusion, desires, enemies, facts, generations, good, habits, hatred, ignorance, instinct, knowledge, learning, life, love, men, men and women, needs, perception, philosophy, problems, reading, remedies,

Abraham Lincoln tells somewhere that as a boy when he met an obscure or ambiguous sentence in his reading it threw him into a sort of rage. The fact is that this was simply a form of instinct for clear thinking which is found in every child and manifests itself abundantly to the perception of the good teacher. Far more important than any particular piece of knowledge, than geography or arithmetic or spelling, is this love of clearness in our mental life and instinctive hatred of confusion and obscurity. Let us learn to know what we know clearly and definitely, and also how we know it. The great intellectual need of men and women in the outer world is not so much more knowledge as it is better knowledge and better thinking. There is much philosophy in the humorist's remark, "It was never my ignorance that done me up, but the things I know'd that wasn't so." The great enemies of intellectual life are superstition, gullibility, and fallacious reasoning. A mere knowledge of facts, important as that is, is no safeguard against these. A conscious desire and resolve to think clearly is the true remedy. Our national success will depend largely upon the development of a generation of men and women who have formed a love and habit of clear thinking and who can do their part in solving the problems that confront civilized man today.

Edward O. Sisson

Source: The Essentials of Character, The Macmillan Company, 1915

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A Quote by Marcus Tullius Cicero on experience, instinct, necessity, reason, and stupidity

The wise are instructed by reason, average minds by experience, the stupid by necessity and the brute by instinct.

Cicero (106 - 43 BC)

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A Quote by Chuang Chou, a.k.a. Chuang Tzu, Chuang Tse Chuang on beginning, cooking, dance, good, guidance, idleness, instinct, joy, life, sacred, secrets, senses, spirit, work, and taoism

Prince Wen Hui's cook was cutting up an ox. . . . The ox fell apart with a whisper. The bright cleaver murmured like a gentle wind. Rhythm! Timing! Like a sacred dance. . . . Prince Wen Hui: Good work! Your method is faultless! The cook: Method? What I follow is Tao beyond all methods! When I first began to cut up oxen I would see before me the whole ox all in one mass. After three years I no longer saw this mass. I saw the distinctions. But now I see nothing with the eye. My whole being apprehends. My senses are idle. The spirit free to work without plan follows its own instinct guided by natural line, by the secret opening, the hidden space, my cleaver finds its own way... Then I withdraw the blade, I stand still and let the joy of the work sink in. I clean the blade and put it away. Prince Wan Hui: This is it! My cook has shown me how I ought to live my own life!

Chuang Tzu (c.360 BC - c. 275 BC)

Source: Quotations from Chuang Tzu, (3:2, pp. 64-67)

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A Quote by Celia Thaxter on instinct, love, soul, and work

So deeply is the gardener's instinct implanted in my soul, I really love the tools with which I work; the iron fork, the spade, the hoe, the rake, the trowel, and the watering pot are pleasant objects in my eyes.

Celia Thaxter (1835 - 1894)

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A Quote by Bela Bartok on instinct, melancholy, and music

Emil Haraszti commenting on the music of Bela Bartok: His pagan barbarity, his explosive and angrily defiant melancholy, his demoniacal instinct . . . these are all echoes . . . of the thousand-year-old Hungarian psyche.

Bela Bartok (1881 - 1945)

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A Quote by Audrey Hepburn on ballet, common sense, good, health, instinct, laws, life, logic, motherhood, nature, and theory

My life isn't theories and formulas. It's part instinct, part common sense. Logic is as good a word as any, and I've absorbed what logic I have from everything and everyone . . . from my mother, from training as a ballet dancer, from magazine, from the laws of life and health and nature.

Audrey Hepburn (1929 - 1993)

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A Quote by Arthur Gordon "Art" Linkletter on children, defense, and instinct

Children have an unerring instinct for knowing when they are being patronized. They go immediately on the defensive against head-patting adults who treat them like strange beings.

Art Linkletter (1912 -)

Source: Coronet, August 1955

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A Quote by Ananda K. Coomaraswamy on children, effort, instinct, observation, thinking, and work

It is the natural instinct of a child to work from within outwards; "First I think, and then I draw my think." What wasted efforts we make to teach the child to stop thinking, and only to observe!

Ananda K. Coomaraswamy (1877 -)

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A Quote by Ambrose Gwinett Bierce on instinct, labor, providence, questions, and solution

APPETITE, n. An instinct thoughtfully implanted by Providence as a solution to the labor question.

Ambrose Bierce (1842 - 1914)

Source: The Devil's Dictionary by Ambrose Bierce

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