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Like birds of passage, the instincts drift the soul adventurously beyond the horizon of sensible things, as if intent on convoying it to the mother country from whence it had flown.

AMOS BRONSON ALCOTT, Table Talk

Habit can overcome anything but instinct, and can greatly modify even that.

HORACE MANN, Thoughts

Only animals have to satisfy instincts! Surely your aims are somewhat higher than theirs! Than monkeys! Pigs!

TENNESSEE WILLIAMS, The Glass Menagerie

Who speaks to the instincts speaks to the deepest in man, and finds the readiest response.

AMOS BRONSON ALCOTT, Table Talk

Let men be wise by instinct if they can, but when this fails be wise by good advice.

SOPHOCLES, Antigone

The mind, when compelled, by education or other circumstances, to receive irrational doctrines, has yet a power of keeping them, as it were, on its surface, of excluding them from its depths, of refusing to incorporate them with its own being; and when burdened with a mixed and incongruous system, it often discovers a sagacity which reminds us of the instinct of inferior animals, in selecting the healthful and nutritious portions, and in making them its daily food.

WILLIAM E. CHANNING, Thoughts


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