The creation of something new is not accomplished by the intellect, but by the play instinct acting from inner necessity. The creative mind plays with the object it loves.[Die Erzeugung des Neuen besorgt nicht der Intellekt, sondern der Spieltrieb aus innerer Nötigung. Der schaffende Geist spielt mit den Objekten, die er liebt.]
It is impossible to overlook the extent to which civilization is built up upon a renunciation of instinct.[Ist es unmöglich zu übersehen, in welchem Ausmaß die Kultur auf Triebverzicht aufgebaut ist.]
We are in a far better position to observe instincts in animals or in primitives than in ourselves. This is due to the fact that we have grown accustomed to scrutinizing our own actions and to seeking rational explanations for them.
Trust your instincts, Dad always says. If something feels dodgy to you, if someone feels dodgy, you go with dodgy. Don’t give the benefit of the doubt because you want to be a nice person, don’t wait and see in case you look stupid. Safe comes first. Second could be too late.
There are all sorts of deep instincts in man of which he himself is unaware. The craving for blood – the demand for sacrifice!
The point is that one’s got an instinct to live. One doesn’t live because one’s reason assents to living. People who, as we say, ‘would be better dead,’ don’t want to die! People who apparently have got everything to live for just let themselves fade out of life because they haven’t got the energy to fight.
Talk of woman’s instinct – why, it is well known all the world over that a woman is the surest mark for any rascally swindler. Not one in ten of them knows a scoundrel when she meets one.
Only animals have to satisfy instincts! Surely your aims are somewhat higher than theirs! Than monkeys – pigs!
Man is by instinct a lover, a hunter, a fighter, and none of those instincts are given much play at the warehouse!