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NOTE:  Some of the quotes on this page were submitted to me by visitors, and not all have been verified for original source or wording. I'm working hard to confirm everything, but in the meantime please be aware of the possibility for errors.  —ღ Terri, March 2021

Knowledge is the soil, and intuitions are the flowers which grow up out of it. ~Henry Ward Beecher, introductory letter to Charles Dudley Warner's My Summer in a Garden, 1870

Trust your own instinct. Your mistakes might as well be your own, instead of someone else's. ~Billy Wilder

Good instincts usually tell you what to do long before your head has figured it out. ~Michael Burke

Intuition is a faculty of the soul, just as reliable as that of Reason... ~R.H. Brown, "It Is All Clairvoyance!" in The Spiritual Magazine, October 1868

Trust yourself. You know more than you think you do. ~Benjamin Spock, Baby and Child Care, 1977

Life is a school where you learn how to remember what your soul already knows. ~Author Unknown

[I]ntuition is your soul's perception... ~Compton Mackenzie, The Altar Steps, "Chapter XIV: St. Mark's Day," 1922

Trust your intuition. It's your soul talking to you. ~Tony Kelbrat, "The Natural Order of the Universe," God, Supernatural Beliefs, New Age Lies, Human Nature & Morality (Are We Good, Bad, Divine or Just Blobs of Delusional, Self-Centered Flesh?), 2013,

Instinct is untaught ability. ~Alexander Bain, Logic, 1870

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

The chill of some vague fear was upon him. ~Bram Stoker, The Man, 1905

Trust your hunches. They're usually based on facts filed away just below the conscious level. ~Joyce Brothers

The inward light is forever striving to gather enough additional light to penetrate the fog of our senses. ~Henry Stanley Haskins, "Metapsychics," Meditations in Wall Street, 1940

Intuition is a spiritual faculty and does not explain, but simply points the way. ~Florence Scovel Shinn

Instinct selects the best method first, reason last. ~James Lendall Basford (1845–1915), Seven Seventy Seven Sensations, 1897

Reasoning at every step he treads,
Man yet mistakes his way,
Whilst meaner things, whom instinct leads,
Are rarely known to stray.
~William Cowper

The most decisive actions of our life... are most often unconsidered actions. ~André Gide, The Counterfeiters, 1926

We all have spiritual DNA; wisdom and truth are part of our genetic structure even if we don't always access it. ~Lama Surya Das

A leader or a man of action in a crisis almost always acts subconsciously and then thinks of the reasons for his action. ~Jawaharlal Nehru

Intuition... is innate, or integral. Education may develop, but it can not create, this faculty. It rises from beneath, like the sun, and, like it, shines over the horizon of Reason. Its divine impulses are as rays from distant constellations.... I affirm that pure Intuition is higher than hope, and far greater than belief... ~Andrew Jackson Davis, The Great Harmonia: Being a Progressive Revelation of the Eternal Principles Which Inspire Mind and Govern Matter, Volume V: The Thinker, Part III: The Origin of Life and The Law of Immortality, "Intuition as an Evidence of Immortality," 1859

Man will have replicated his own intelligence not when he teaches a computer to reason but when he teaches a computer to have a nagging feeling in its circuits. ~Robert Brault,

Intuition is instinct humanized. ~F.B. Dowd, The Temple of the Rosy Cross: The Soul: Its Powers, Migrations and Transmigrations, "Chapter VIII: Attributes of Mind," 1882

The sense of subtile feeling often outwits reason in its unerring measurement of truth. ~James Lendall Basford (1845–1915), Seven Seventy Seven Sensations, 1897

Intuition, my trustworthy friend... ~Terri Guillemets

The metaphoric mind is a maverick. It is as wild and unruly as a child. It follows us doggedly and plagues us with its presence as we wander the contrived corridors of rationality. It is a metaphoric link with the unknown called religion that causes us to build cathedrals — and the very cathedrals are built with rational, logical plans. When some personal crisis or the bewildering chaos of everyday life closes in on us, we often rush to worship the rationally-planned cathedral and ignore the religion. Albert Einstein called the intuitive or metaphoric mind a sacred gift. He added that the rational mind was a faithful servant. It is paradoxical that in the context of modern life we have begun to worship the servant and defile the divine. ~Bob Samples, The Metaphoric Mind: A Celebration of Creative Consciousness, 1976  []

[T]he invisible intelligence that flows through everything in a purposeful fashion is also flowing through you. ~Wayne Dyer

I suspect we have internal senses. The mind's eye since Shakespeare's time has been proverbial; and we have also a mind's ear. To say nothing of dreams, one certainly can listen to one's own thoughts, and hear them, or believe that one hears them: the strongest argument adducible in favour of our hearing any thing. ~Augustus William Hare and Julius Charles Hare, Guesses at Truth, by Two Brothers, 1827

Instincts outsmart brains. ~Terri Guillemets

Instinct is the nose of the mind. ~Delphine de Girardin

I would rather trust a woman's instinct than a man's reason. ~Stanley Baldwin

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