‘Instincts’, Intuitions

“Intuition…appears to be the extrasensory perception of reality.”–Dr. Alexis Carrel

“Common sense is instinct. Enough of it is genius.”–George Bernard Shaw

“The conclusions of passion are the only reliable ones.”–Soren Kierkegaard

“Trust your hunches. They’re usually based on facts filed away just below the conscious level.”–Dr. Joyce Brothers

“A hunch is creativity trying to tell you something.”–Frank Capra

“Every time I’ve done something that doesn’t feel right, it’s ended up not being right.”–Mario Cuomo, Aug. 2010

“All our reasoning ends in surrender to feeling.”–Blaise Pascal, O World, Thou Chosest Not

“It is wisdom to believe the heart.”–George Santayana

“It is the heart always that sees, before the head can see.”–Thomas Carlyle

“There are no rules. Just follow your heart.”–Robin Williams

“Great thoughts always come from the heart.’–Marquis de Vauvenargues

“The heart has its reasons which reason cannot know.”–Blaise Pascal

“What you intuitively desire, that is possible for you.”–D.H. Lawrence


Reason and the intellect are helpful in organizing and structuring one’s life and experience, but there are limits and limitations to a life guided mostly/merely by these two aspects. Thus, many of the choices I have ultimately made in my own life have been guided by the feelings of the heart, intuition, instinct, and hunches. In that, a certain truth and faithfulness to my sensibility and who I am, largely.                                                           

I have long taken my basic ‘cues’ from the following classic poem:

“since feeling is first/who pays any attention/to the syntax of things/will never wholly kiss you”–E.E. Cummings, “VII, Four”, Is 5 (1926)


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