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