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INSTINCT
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[ Also see Feeling Impulse Inclination Intuition Mind Motive Perception Reason Sense Senses Sensibility Sentiment ]

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, Essay on Man
         (ep. I, l. 221)

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, Essay on Man
         (ep. III, l. 85)

Tell me why the ant midst summer's plenty thinks of winter's want.
      - Matthew Prior

Instinct and reason how can we divide?
  'Tis the fool's ignorance, and the pedant's pride.
      - Matthew Prior,
        Solomon on the Vices of the World
         (bk. I, l. 231)

Instinct is stronger than upbringing.
      - Proverb, (Irish)

Every animal is providentially directed to the use of its proper weapon.
      - John Ray (Wray)

Well-bred instinct meets reason halfway.
      - George Santayana

By a divine instinct, men's minds mistrust ensuing danger; as, by proof, we see the waters swell before a boisterous storm.
      - William Shakespeare

Instinct is a great matter. I was now a coward on instinct.
      - William Shakespeare,
        King Henry the Fourth, Part I
         (Prince Henry at II, iv)

Beasts, birds, and insects, even to the minutest and meanest of their kind, act with the unerring providence of instinct; man, the while, who possesses a higher faculty, abuses it, and therefore goes blundering on.
      - Robert Southey

Instinct is intelligence incapable of self-consciousness.
      - John Sterling

Brutes find out where their talents lie: a bear will not attempt to fly.
      - Jonathan Swift

Instead of judgment, woman has rather a quick perception of what is fitting, owing to the predominance of her instinctive faculties. The quick perception, indeed, bears the stamp of instinct.
      - Alexander Walker

Instinct is animal strength.
      - Daniel Webster

An instinct is a blind tendency to some mode of action, independent of any consideration, on the part of the agent, of the end to which the action leads.
      - Archbishop Richard Whately

A few strong instincts and a few plain rules.
      - William Wordsworth,
        Alas! What Boots the Long Laborious Quest?


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