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Modern man's besetting temptation is to sacrifice his direct perceptions and spontaneous feelings to his reasoned reflections; to prefer in all circumstances the verdict of his intellect to that of his immediate intuitions.

No one is more liable to make mistakes than the man who acts only on reflection.

None of us can estimate what we do when we do it from instinct.

Nothing is impossible when we follow our inner guidance, even when its direction may threaten us by reversing our usual logic.

Nothing reaches the intellect before making its appearance in the senses.

Once you get rid of the idea that you must please other people before you please yourself, and you begin to follow your own instincts-only then can you be successful. You become more satisfied, and when you are other people tend to be satisfied by what you do.

One of the reasons why so few of us ever act, instead of react, is because we are continually stifling our deepest impulses.

Our real duty is always found running in the direction of our worthiest desires.

Passion and prejudice govern the world, only under the name of reason.

People who lean on logic and philosophy and rational exposition end by starving the best part of the mind.

Pure logic is the ruin of the spirit.

Reason, ruling alone, is a force confining; and passion, unattended, is a flame that burns to its own destruction.

Some of the finest moral intuitions come to quite humble people. The visiting of lofty ideas doesn't depend on formal schooling. Think of those Galilean peasants.

Some other faculty than the intellect is necessary for the apprehension of reality.

Spend time every day listening to what your muse is trying to tell you.

Statistics are no substitute for judgement.

The brain is not, and cannot be, the sole or complete organ of thought and feeling.

The conclusions of passion are the only reliable ones.

The essential conditions of everything you do must be choice, love, passion.

The heart has its reasons of which reason knows nothing.


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