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My best work is often almost unconscious and occurs ahead of my ability to understand it. (Sam Abell)

I have to hope that my instincts will do the right thing, because I can't erase what I have done. And if I drew something first, then my paintings would be illustrations of drawings. (Francis Bacon)

Instinct is untaught ability. (Alexander Bain)

Only the photographer knows the effect he wants... by instinct, grounded in experience, what subjects are enhanced by hard or soft, light or dark treatment. (Bill Brandt, photographer)

There is in all animals a sense of duty that man condescends to call instinct. (Robert Brault)

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

Learn to nurture and trust your instincts as well as your conscious reasoning. Often, one's instincts will offer the better judgment. (Ken Danby)

The very essence of instinct is that it's followed independently of reason. (Charles Darwin)

You have to trust your instincts. There is a moment when an actor has it, and he knows it. (Clint Eastwood)

If the single man plant himself indomitably on his instincts, and there abide, the huge world will come round to him. (Ralph Waldo Emerson)

My views on art are vastly uncomplicated. I paint because my flair is instinctive and I refuse to overanalyze any component of the art industry. (Chantell van Erbe)

-on a Tahitian queen...
With the beautiful instinct of her race she dispersed grace everywhere about her, and made everything she touched a work of art. (Paul Gauguin)

Instinct is the gift of experience. The first question you have to ask yourself is, 'On what basis am I making a judgment?' ...If you have no experience, then your instincts aren't any good. (Malcolm Gladwell)

Instinct is like Nature herself - prodigiously conservative, and yet transcending her own historical conditions in her acts of creation. (Carl Gustav Jung)

The creative instinct has always been a stronger motive than mere profit to do truly new and revolutionary things. (Phil Karn)

Standing at his appointed place, at the trunk of the tree, he does nothing other than gather and pass on what comes to him from the depths. And the beauty at the crown is not his own. He is merely a channel. (Paul Klee)

Our instincts are at war... Each instinct, if you listen to it, will claim to be gratified at the expense of the rest... (C. S. Lewis)

To be born with a unique instinct, will demand 'unique duties'. If you didn't think about being an artist before 7 years of age you probably don't have it and you will be able to paint what you want to paint. (David Louis)

Ideas pull the trigger, but instinct loads the gun. (Don Marquis)

Impressionism is only direct sensation. All great painters were less or more impressionists. It is mainly a question of instinct, and much simpler than [John Singer] Sargent thinks. (Claude Monet)

The active part of man consists of powerful instincts, some of which are gentle and continuous; others violent and short; some baser, some nobler, and all necessary. (Francis W. Newman)

The artist need not know very much; best of all let him work instinctively and paint as naturally as he breathes or walks. (Emil Nolde)

What is now reason was formerly impulse or instinct. (Ovid)

Art is not the application of a canon of beauty but what the instinct and the brain can conceive beyond any canon. When we love a woman we don't start measuring her limbs. (Pablo Picasso)

I remember that, although I was full of fervour, I didn't have the slightest inkling, even at forty, of the deeper side to the movement we were pursuing by instinct. It was in the air! (Camille Pissarro)

A creative process that is thought out too much hinders one's unconscious, instinctive, and super-conscious levels. (Marie Pobre)

There must be something in oneself which is essential. Therefore I refrain from referring to a landscape or certain objects when speaking of a picture. The hand is cleverer than the mind. (Douglas Portway)

Talking about it gets in the way of the flow of instinct. (Rick Rotante)

You have yourself and your instinct – there isn't anything else at the end of the day. (Nitin Sawhney)

Few of us have vitality enough to make any of our instincts imperious. (George Bernard Shaw)

I do what I feel instinctively I should do, so I don't have to worry about the competition. Because even if they copy me, I'll be onto something new. (Martha Sturdy)

The instinct of a man is to pursue everything that flies from him, and to fly from all that pursue him. (Voltaire)

When I have to think about it, I know the picture is wrong... My instinct about painting says, 'If you don't think about it, it's right.' As soon as you have to decide and choose, it's wrong. And the more you decide about, the more wrong it gets. (Andy Warhol)

Your inner voice, your instinct, knows everything. (Henry Winkler)


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