Intuition is what tells a wife her husband has done wrong before he thinks of doing it.
I have a woman’s instinct and it’s always a good one.
—Diana, Princess of Wales (1961–97) English Royal, Humanitarian, Peace Activist
Trusting our intuition often saves us from disaster.
—Anne Wilson Schaef (1934–2020) American Clinical Psychologist
It is always with excitement that I wake up in the morning wondering what my intuition will toss up to me, like gifts from the sea. I work with it and rely on it. It’s my partner.
—Jonas Salk (1914–95) American Microbiologist
Intuition is a spiritual faculty and does not explain, but simply points the way.
—Florence Scovel Shinn (1871–1940) American Illustrator, Spiritual Writer
Follow your instincts. That’s where true wisdom manifests itself.
—Oprah Winfrey (b.1954) American TV Personality
Intuition is the clear conception of the whole at once.
—Johann Kaspar Lavater (1741–1801) Swiss Theologian, Poet
Intuition will tell the thinking mind where to look next.
—Jonas Salk (1914–95) American Microbiologist
The only real valuable thing is intuition.
—Albert Einstein (1879–1955) German-born Physicist
An absolute can only be given in an intuition, while all the rest has to do with analysis. We call intuition here the sympathy by which one is transported into the interior of an object in order to coincide with what there is unique and consequently inexpressible in it. Analysis, on the contrary, is the operation which reduces the object to elements already known.
—Henri Bergson (1859–1941) French Philosopher, Evolutionist
What I am actually saying is that we need to be willing to let our intuition guide us, and then be willing to follow that guidance directly and fearlessly.
—Shakti Gawain (b.1948) American Author, Environmentalist
Faith is a passionate intuition.
—William Wordsworth (1770–1850) English Poet
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 (1889–1964) Indian Head of State
The most decisive actions of our life — I mean those that are most likely to decide the whole course of our future — are, more often than not, unconsidered.
—Andre Gide (1869–1951) French Novelist
He did not arrive at this conclusion by the decent process of quiet, logical deduction, nor yet by the blinding flash of glorious intuition, but by the shoddy, untidy process halfway between the two by which one usually gets to know things.
—Margery Allingham (1904–66) English Detective-story Writer
All human knowledge thus begins with intuitions, proceeds thence to concepts, and ends with ideas.
—Immanuel Kant (1724–1804) Prussian German Philosopher, Logician
An ounce of intuition is worth a pound of tuition.
Trust yourself. You know more than you think you do.
—Benjamin Spock (1903–98) American Pediatrician, Author
Practical observation commonly consists of collecting a few facts and loading them with guesses.
Trust your own instinct. Your mistakes might as well be your own, instead of someone else’s.
—Billy Wilder (1906–2002) American Filmmaker
Intuition comes very close to clairvoyance; it appears to be the extrasensory perception of reality.
—Alexis Carrel (1873–1944) American Surgeon, Biologist
If the single man plant himself indomitably on his instincts, and there abide, the huge world will come round to him.
—Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803–82) American Philosopher
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.
—D. H. Lawrence (1885–1930) English Novelist, Playwright, Poet, Essayist, Literary Critic
Reasoning at every step he treads,
Man yet mistakes his way,
Whilst meaner things, whom instinct leads,
Are rarely known to stray.
—William Cowper (1731–1800) English Anglican Poet, Hymn writer
Instinct is untaught ability.
—Alexander Bain (1818–1903) Scottish Empirical Philosopher, Psychologist
Trust your hunches… Hunches are usually based on facts filed away just below the conscious level. Warning! Do not confuse your hunches with wishful thinking. This is the road to disaster.
—Joyce Brothers (1927–2013) American Psychologist, Advice Columnist
Often you have to rely on intuition.
—Bill Gates (b.1955) American Businessperson, Entrepreneur, Philanthropist, Author
Listen to your intuition. It will tell you everything you need to know.
—Anthony J. D’Angelo
A woman’s guess is much more accurate than a man’s certainty.
—Rudyard Kipling (1865–1936) British Children’s Books Writer, Short story, Novelist, Poet, Journalist
Instinct is the nose of the mind.
—Delphine de Girardin (1804–55) French Novelist, Author