Reason, ruling alone, is a force confining; and passion, unattended, is a flame that burns to its own destruction.
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.
Systems die; instincts remain.
I do not believe that the deeper problems of living can ever be answered by the process of thought. I believe that life itself teaches us either patience with regard to them, or reveals to us possible solutions when our hearts are pressed close against duties and sorrows and experiences of all kinds.
Life is one long struggle between conclusions based on abstract ways of conceiving cases, and opposite conclusions prompted by our instinctive perception of them.
Nothing reaches the intellect before making its appearance in the senses.
Instinct guides the animal better than the man. In the animal it is pure, in man it is led astray by his reason and intelligence.
Ideas pull the trigger, but instinct loads the gun.
Well-bred instinct meets reason halfway.
Good instincts usually tell you what to do long before your head has figured it out.
Pure logic is the ruin of the spirit.
When a man begins to reason, he ceases to feel.
A mind all logic is like a knife all blade. It makes the hand bleed that uses it.
The mind can assert anything, and pretend it has proved it. My beliefs I test on my body, on my intuitional consciousness, and when I get a response there, then I accept.
People who lean on logic and philosophy and rational exposition end by starving the best part of the mind.
The brain is not, and cannot be, the sole or complete organ of thought and feeling.
Some other faculty than the intellect is necessary for the apprehension of reality.
Command by instinct is swifter, subtler, deeper, more accurate, more in touch with reality than command by conscious mind. The discovery takes one's breath away.
No one is more liable to make mistakes than the man who acts only on reflection.
Nothing is impossible when we follow our inner guidance, even when its direction may threaten us by reversing our usual logic.