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On Intuition...


Is intuition some mysterious way of acquiring knowledge out of the ether? Is it just the subconscious lending a hand? Are women naturally better at it than men? Who cares? It clearly works and is a critical creative tool. So use that gut feel, listen to your body and take note of the thoughts that come unbidden to mind.

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‘Be brave enough to live life creatively. The creative is the place where no one else has ever been. You have to leave the city of your comfort and go into the wilderness of your intuition. You can’t get there by bus, only by hard work and risk and by not quite knowing what you are doing. What you’ll discover will be wonderful. What you’ll discover will be yourself.’

Alan Alda

‘intuition is the source of scientific knowledge.’


‘I would rather trust a woman's instinct than a man's reason.’

Stanley Baldwin

‘Trust your hunches. They are usually based on facts filed away just below the conscious level.’

Joyce Brothers

‘As we did our work, we felt at times that there was almost a hand guiding us. Because we would go from one step to the next, and somehow we would know which was the right way to go. And I really can't tell how we knew that.’

Michael Brown

‘Intuition is a suspension of logic due to impatience.’

Rita Mae Brown

‘A hunch is creativity trying to tell you something.’

Frank Capra

‘Alas! I do not believe that inspiration falls from heaven.  think it rather the result of a profound indolence.’

Jean Cocteau

‘The only really valuable thing is intuition.’

Albert Einstein

‘I believe in intuition and inspiration; at times I feel certain I am right while not knowing the reason.’

Albert Einstein

‘The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honours the servant and has forgotten the gift.’

Albert Einstein

‘The intellect has little to do on the road to discovery. There comes a leap in consciousness, call it intuition or what you will, and the solution comes to you and you don’t know how or why.’

Albert Einstein

‘I call intuition cosmic fishing. You feel a nibble, then you’ve got to hook the fish.’

Richard Buckminster Fuller

‘I have had my results for a long time, but I do not yet know how I am to arrive at them.’

Carl Friedrich Gauss

‘Instinct leads, logic does but follow.’

William James

‘Intuition does not denote something contrary to reason, but something outside the province of reason.’

Carl Gustav Jung

‘Instinct must be thwarted just as one prunes the branches of a tree so that it will grow better.’

Henri Matisse

‘No matter how deep a study you make. What you really have to rely on is your own intuition and when it comes down to it, you really don't know what's going to happen until you do it.’

Konosuke Matsushita

‘The disclosure of a new fact, the leap forward, the conquest over yesterday’s ignorance, is an act not of reason but of imagination, of intuition.’

Charles Nicolle

‘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

Knowledge has three degrees—opinion, science, illumination. The means or instrument of the first is sense; of the second, dialectic; of the third, intuition.’


‘It is through science that we prove, but through intuition that we discover.’

Henri Poincaré

‘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 is may partner.’

Jonas Salk

‘I’m saying that we should trust our intuition. I believe that the principles of universal evolution are revealed to us through intuition. And I think that if we combine our intuition and our reason, we can respond in an evolutionary sound way to our problems.’

Jonas Salk

‘If you train yourself to listen to your intuition and to follow its bidding, you will greatly increase your percentage of success in life.’

Harold Sherman

‘If you train yourself to listen to your intuition and to follow its bidding, you will greatly increase your percentage of success in life.’

Benjamin Spock

‘For all the talk you hear about knowledge being such a wonderful thing, instinct is worth forty of it for real unerringness.’

Mark Twain

‘Trust your own instinct. Your mistakes might as well be your own, instead of someone else's.’

Billy Wilder


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