Impulse Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old impulse quotes, impulse sayings, and impulse proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

The impulse to perform a worthy action often springs from our best nature, but is afterwards tainted by the spur of selfishness or sinister interest. Emile Souvestre
The comic impulse is sometimes a reaction to sadness. You feel like you can make one choice or the other. Harold Ramis
The impulse to connect the dots - and to share what you've connected - is the urge that makes you an artist. Amanda Palmer
The impulse to travel is one of the hopeful symptoms of life. Agnes Repplier
Interesting things happen when the creative impulse is cultivated with curiosity, freedom and intensity. Saul Bass
When we are on the water, our contemplative impulses range from the intense to the nearly absent. Paul Schullery
Vision gives you the impulse to make the picture your own. Robert Collier
We are rarely wrong when we act from impulse. Letitia Elizabeth Landon
Character is the impulse reined down into steady continuance. Charles Henry Parkhurst
Let the first impulse pass, wait for the second. Baltasar Gracian
The impulse to tell the truth was not as great as the fear of being left off the page. Jonathan Messinger
The impulse of modern art is the desire to destroy beauty. Barnett Newman
When the creative impulse sweeps over you, grab it. You grab it and honor it and use it, because momentum is a rare gift. Justina Chen Headley
Your first impulse is to share good news, your second is to club someone with it. Stephen King
Creativity is the evolutionary impulse in the Universe. Deepak Chopra
The impulse to pursue God originates with God, but the outworking of that impulse is our following hard after Him. Aiden Wilson Tozer
Choosing not to act on an angry impulse and to feel the pain that lies beneath it is a very courageous thing to do. Gary Zukav
Mistrust first impulses; they are nearly always good. Charles Maurice de Talleyrand
The primary use of conversation is to satisfy the impulse to talk. George Santayana
Giving is the vital impulse and moral center of capitalism. George Gilder
The impulse to worship is impossible to eradicate. Even the most prosaic have to worship something. Jeanette Winterson
The mystical impulse in men is somehow a desire to possess the universe. In women, it's a desire to be possessed. Colin Wilson
The maternal impulse in animals to protect their young - that kind of instinct and subsequent violence is quite beautiful. Mythic even. Lidia Yuknavitch
The impulse to write a novel comes from a momentary unified vision of life. Angus Wilson
The impulse for personal adornment is hard to stamp out. Virginia Postrel
Everyone has the impulse to be elite. Alfre Woodard
The impulse to ask questions is among the more primitive human lusts. Rose Macaulay
The impulse of love that leads us to the doorway of a friend is the voice of God within, and we need not be afraid to follow it. Agnes Sanford
Every impulse of feeling should be guided by reason; and, in my opinion, exertion should always be in proportion to what is required. Jane Austen
A poet feels the impulse to create a work of art when the passive awe provoked by an event is transformed into a desire to express that awe in a rite of worship. W. H. Auden
One can never consent to creep when one feels an impulse to soar. Helen Keller
The impulse to write things down is a peculiarly compulsive one, inexplicable to those who do not share it, useful only accidentally, only secondarily, in the way that any compulsion tries to justify itself. Joan Didion
Every impulse we strangle will only poison us. Oscar Wilde
Impulse without reason is not enough, and reason without impulse is a poor makeshift. William James
Distrust all in whom the impulse to punish is powerful. Friedrich Nietzsche
The natural impulse of men is to follow and whoever has the strongest sense of purpose will always dominate. Robert Harris
The impulse to take life strivingly is indestructible in the race. William James
At the heart of the impulse to tell stories is a mystery so profound. Dennis Covington
A first impulse was never a crime. Pierre Corneille
It is not enough to recognize what is right and true. One must control the impulse to do what is wrong and easy. Andy Andrews