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Intuition

  • Revelation is the marriage of knowing and feeling.

  • Intuition is a suspension of logic due to impatience.

  • Often intuition will direct you. If it feels right, it's probably right.

    • Oprah Winfrey,
    • in Bill Adler, ed., The Uncommon Wisdom of Oprah Winfrey ()
  • Sensitive people never like the fatigue of justifying their instincts.

  • I don't think you ought to tell yourself too many things. You've got to listen to what things tell you once in a while.

  • The thing that's important to know is that you never know. You're always sort of feeling your way.

    • Diane Arbus,
    • in Diane Arbus and Doon Arbus, Diane Arbus ()
  • Intuition is the ability to tap into the reality behind circumstances and events.

  • I don't believe in intuition. When you get sudden flashes of perception, it is just the brain working faster than usual. But you've been getting ready to know it for a long time, and when it comes, you feel you've known it always.

  • i keep knowing / the language of other nations. / i keep hearing / tree talk / water words / and i keep knowing what they mean.

  • Intellect doesn't translate across cultures; intuition does.

    • Lucille Clifton,
    • in Christine A. Sikorski, "An Interview With Lucille Clifton," A View From the Loft ()
  • ...we are all immersed in an invisible medium to which the intuitive person relates as the swimmer relates to water. In this medium, as in the ocean, there are currents, attractions, repulsions, vortices, proper rules of displacement and many other familiar properties, although the fact may be as hidden from the knowledge of the casual observer as the properties of water are hidden from the understanding of the landlubber.

  • To the rationally minded the mental processes of the intuitive appear to work backwards.

  • Without intuition there would be no vision of future possibilities.

  • 'Instinct' usually just means our conditioning to believe this or believe that, without thinking to investigate.

  • I believe we are always attracted by what we need most, an instinct leading us toward the persons who are to open new vistas in our lives and fill them with new knowledge.

  • One of the many sad results of the Industrial Revolution was that we came to depend more than ever on the intellect, and to ignore the intuition with its symbolic thinking.

  • You get your intuition back when you make space for it, when you stop the chattering of the rational mind.

  • Words can enhance experience, but they can also take so much away. We see an insect and at once we abstract certain characteristics and classify it — a fly. And in that very cognitive exercise, part of the wonder is gone. Once we have labeled the things around us we do not bother to look at them so carefully. Words are part of our rational selves, and to abandon them for a while is to give freer reign to our intuitive selves.

    • Jane Goodall,
    • in Jane Goodall with Phillip Berman, Reason for Hope: A Spiritual Journey ()
  • Nothing is so deceptive as human reasoning, — nothing so slippery and reversible as what we have decided to call 'logic.' The truest compass of life is spiritual instinct.

  • There comes a time when you have to trust your own judgment, when you must close your eyes and let your instinct rule you.

  • Trehane operated on a basis of thoroughness: do everything, do it properly, follow up, check. If he had ever had a moment of intuition, he had slept it off.

  • Learning to trust our intuition is an art form, and like all other art forms, it takes practice to perfect.

  • ... we need to be willing to let our intuition guide us, and then be willing to follow that guidance directly and fearlessly.

  • By learning to contact, listen to, and act on our intuition, we can directly connect to the higher power of the universe and allow it to become our guiding force.

  • When we consistently suppress and distrust our intuitive knowingness, looking instead for authority, validation, and approval from others, we give our personal power away.

  • Sometimes I'll trust my gut more than my head. Logical information might lead me in one direction and my feelings in another. Whereas I would have followed my head ten years ago, now I'm as likely or more likely to go with my gut feeling. It's ironic — you'd think the opposite would be true as you move to the top but it's not.

  • Intuition is a spiritual faculty and does not explain, but simply points the way.

  • Intuition is a combination of insight and imagination that was once attributed to spiritual communication. Mathematicians call it 'fuzzy logic,' drawing conclusions from vague or subjective input. The mind becomes aware without the direct intervention of reasoning. Once you can imagine something you can begin the process of creating it. Executives use intuition to make many product, investment, and hiring decisions, even if they deny it. Success in business may depend on an accurate gut.

  • Insight is 'mental vision,' one of the ways in which the mind escapes the limits of the obvious or the familiar.

  • I work on instinct. It's my best adviser.

  • Instinct is a powerful form of natural energy, perhaps comparable in humans to electricity or even atomic energy in the mechanical world.

  • Intuitions often come not as words but as imagery.

  • Trusting our intuition often saves us from disaster.

  • Although I believe all ways of knowledge are important, I favor intuition because it is pure, direct, and true.

  • Knowing that something is going to happen before it happens, for example, is not strange if you discard linear, spacebound notions of time. Intuition is a way of knowing that transcends both time and space.

  • Intuition is true in the same way that sensation is true: it is your experience, and you know it for what it is.

  • ... intuition of spiritual truth is something you already have inside you. ... This kind of truth is recognized, not learned.

  • Intuition is not opposed to reason, but works with it in a complementary fashion. Typically, flashes of intuitive insight follow the exhaustive use of logic and reason.

  • Your intuition never sleeps. It fills your dreams as well as your waking hours with information from your unconscious and from the environment around you. As you learn to give it your conscious attention, you reach toward yet another powerful internal resource.

  • Hunches are a kind of subterranean logic shorthand.

  • Trust your hunches. They're usually based on facts filed away just below your conscious level.

  • I am a woman / who understands / the necessity of an impulse whose goal or origin / still lie beyond me.

  • Most people don't realize that they feel something is wrong before they think something is wrong ...