Quotation Explorer - 'Impulse'

The impulse to travel is one of the hopeful symptoms of life. - Agnes Repplier
In strange and uncertain times such as those we are living in, sometimes a reasonable person might despair. But hope is unreasonable and love is greater even than this. May we trust the inexpressible benevolence of the creative impulse. - Robert Fripp
What is GRACE? an individual, inspiring and virtuous impulse, that streams the spirit with life! An elegance and divinity of one's beauty! - Angie karan
Nature is at work.. Character and destiny are her handiwork. She gives us love and hate, jealousy and reverence. All that is ours is the power to choose which impulse we shall follow.
Vision - It reaches beyond the thing that is, into the conception of what can be. Imagination gives you the picture. Vision gives you the impulse to make the picture your own. - Robert Collier
He that embarks on the voyage of life will always wish to advance rather by the impulse of the wind than the strokes of the oar; and many foulder in their passage; while they lie waiting for the gale.
TALK, v.t. To commit an indiscretion without temptation, from an impulse without purpose. - Ambrose Bierce
You can't counter a heroic impulse with a mundane and bourgeois response. You can counter it only with a more compelling heroic vision. - David Brooks
Any feeling, emotion or impulse that originates from the 'mind' can never be suppressed. - Deep Trivedi
Because the fact of not being understood by other people had become my only real source of pride, I was never confronted by any impulse to express things and to make others understand something that I knew. - Yukio Mishima
Sink every impulse like a bolt. Secure The bastion of sensation. Do not waver Into language. Do not waver in it. - Seamus Heaney
There is nobody as enslaved as the fanatic, the person in whom one impulse, one value, has assumed ascendancy over all others.
That single thought is enough. The impulse increases to a wish, the wish to a desire, the desire to an uncontrollable longing, and the longing (to the deep regret and mortification of the speaker, and in defiance of all consequences,) is indulged. - Edgar Allan Poe
I insist on a lot of time being spent, almost every day, to just sit and think. That is very uncommon in American business. I read and think. So I do more reading and thinking, and make less impulse decisions than most people in business. I do it because I like this kind of life. - Warren Buffett
Life is at the bottom of things and belief at the top, while the creative impulse, dwelling in the center, informs all. - Patti Smith
If I ever marry, it will be on a sudden impulse - as a man shoots himself. - H. L. Mencken
Erase fancy; curb impulse; quench desire; let sovereign reason have the mastery.
Whenever I hear anyone arguing for slavery, I feel a strong impulse to see it tried on him personally. - Abraham Lincoln
Great things are not done by impulse, but by a series of small things brought together. - Vincent Van Gogh
The Arts are not drugs. They are not guaranteed to act when taken. Something as mysterious and capricious as the creative impulse has to be released before they can act. - E.M. Forster
Neuroanatomy, political history, and introspection all offer evidence that human beings are quite capable of resisting the urge to surrender to every impulse of reptilian core of brain. - Carl Sagan
There is more simplicity in the man who eats caviar on impulse than in the man who eats Grape-Nuts on principle. - G.K. Chesterton
One can never consent to creep when one feels an impulse to soar. - Helen Keller
As the genuine religious impulse becomes dominant, adoration more and more takes charge. 'I come to seek God because I need Him', may be an adequate formula for prayer. 'I come to adore His splendour, and fling myself and all that I have at His feet', is the only possible formula for worship. - Evelyn Underhill
Reason is the inextinguishable impulse to philosophize with whose destruction reason itself is destroyed. - Karl Jaspers
Everything she does comes from within, from some dark impulse. I guess that’s what makes her so thrilling to watch. So dangerous. Even perfect at times. But also so damned destructive. - Black Swan Darren Aronofsky
One impulse from a vernal wood May teach you more of man, Of moral evil and of good, Than all the sages can. - William Wordsworth
One word love: curiosity. You long for freedom. You long to do what you want to do because you want it. To act on selfish impulse. You want to see what it's like. One day you won't be able to resist. - Jack Sparrow
At the end of a century that has seenthe evils of communism, Nazism and other modern tyrannies,the impulse to centralize power remains amazingly persistent. - Joseph Sobran
Sometimes an impulse is more rewarding than a calculation. - Dale Renton
Love, I have always known, is an evolutionary trait. It is a delicately tuned, intricate, sensitive impulse, but a trait nevertheless, a reaction honed by millions of years of an ever-changing and complex mating instinct. - David Bajo
I can't tell if a straw ever saved a drowning man, but I know that a mere glance is enough to make despair pause. For in truth we who are creatures of impulse are creatures of despair. - Joseph Conrad
The great Japanese film director Akira Kurosawa said that to be an artist means never to avert your eyes. And that's the hardest thing, because we want to flinch. The artist must go into the white hot center of himself, and our impulse when we get there is to look away and avert our eyes. - Robert Olen Butler
What is GRACE?An individual, inspiring and virtuous impulse, that streams the spirit with life! - Angie karan
When sex was something godlike, Lust was the profane curiosity that killed many a straying cat. Now, having removed mystery, Lust is less a long-standing, overpowering yearning, more a sudden craving of the appetite. Less quest, more impulse buy. - Geoffrey Wood
I don't believe in guilt, I believe in living on impulse as long as you never intentionally hurt another person, and don't judge people in your life. I think you should live completely free. - Angelina Jolie
Above all, we are coming to understand that the arts incarnate the creativity of a free people. When the creative impulse cannot flourish, when it cannot freely select its methods and objects, when it is deprived of spontaneity, then society severs the root of art.
Grant us a brief delay; impulse in everything is but a worthless servant. - Caecilius Statius
But thus do I counsel you, my friends: distrust all in whom the impulse to punish is powerful! - Friedrich Nietzsche
I think that at the bottom of all art lies the impulse to preserve. - Philip Larkin
When you act on an intuitive impulse, you are celebrating one of the thoroughly joyful aspects of life on this planet. That calm, guiding inner voice is a natural part of you and deserves to be honored. What is not natural is ignoring it. - Jodi Livon
Don't be blurred by impulse, to avoid regrets, refrain from doing things that will make you regret. - Michael Bassey Johnson
At the heart of the impulse to tell stories is a mystery so profound. - Dennis Covington
The community stagnates without the impulse of the individual. The impulse dies away without the sympathy of the community. - William James
Strong SPIRITS are usually liberated from the burden of their pain through forgiveness and letting go. EGO usually holds onto grudges and is the source of destruction by acting on impulse. - Karen A. Baquiran
I keep following this sort of hidden river of my life, you know, whatever the topic or impulse which comes, I follow it along trustingly. And I don't have any sense of its coming to a kind of crescendo, or of its petering out either. It is just going steadily along. - William Stafford
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