Quotes on intuition

Quotes on intuition

These quotes on emotion will help you to explore its nature, form links with other WOKs and AOKs, and provide discussion points for TOK lessons. They will also support you as you address knowledge questions within your TOK essay and TOK presentation.

Consideration points

  1. What do the quotes suggest about the role intuition plays in our acquisition of knowledge?
  2. Are the quotes consistent, or do they clash about the role it plays as a way of knowing, and its relationship with others WOKs and AOKs?
  3. Can you think of other ways of knowing and areas of knowledge that these quotes relate to?
  4. How many of these thinkers are you familiar with? Research the ones you haven’t come across before – and, indeed, the ones you think you already know. Click on the names to take you to the corresponding Wikipedia article, although this should only be used as a starting point for your research.

Finally, how would you use the quotes to construct a typical IB Diploma TOK essay title? Look at , and see if you can compose something similar (and think about how you’d go about structuring it).

1. The nature of intuition

The only real valuable thing is intuition.
Albert Einstein
Intuition and concepts constitute… the elements of all our knowledge, so that neither concepts without an intuition in some way corresponding to them, nor intuition without concepts, can yield knowledge.
Immanuel Kant
Intuition is the clear conception of the whole at once.
Johann Kaspar Lavater
Sex and beauty are inseparable, like life and consciousness. And the intelligence which goes with sex and beauty, and arises out of sex and beauty, is intuition.
D. H. Lawrence
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
Intuition will tell the thinking mind where to look next.
Jonas Salk

2. Intuition and faith

Intuition is a spiritual faculty and does not explain, but simply points the way.
Florence Scovel Shinn
Faith is a passionate intuition.
William Wordsworth

3. Intuition and reason

An absolute can only be given in an intuition, while all the rest has to do with analysis.
Henri Bergson
Intuition is a suspension of logic due to impatience.
Rita Mae Brown
The two operations of our understanding, intuition and deduction, on which alone we have said we must rely in the acquisition of knowledge.
Rene Descartes

4. Intuition and the arts

As you see, I do not treat the creation of fiction, that to say the invention and development of fantasies, as a form of abstract thought. I don’t wish to deny the uses of the intellect, but sometimes one has the intuition that the intellect by itself will lead one nowhere.
J. M. Coetzee
I have trusted to my intuition to find the subjects, and I have written intuitively. I have an idea when I start, I have a shape; but I will fully understand what I have written only after some years.
V. S. Naipaul

5. Intuition and the human sciences

Intuition becomes increasingly valuable in the new information society precisely because there is so much data.
John Naisbitt

6. Intuition and mathematics

Mathematics as an expression of the human mind reflects the active will, the contemplative reason, and the desire for aesthetic perfection. Its basic elements are logic and intuition, analysis and construction, generality and individuality.
Richard Courant
Thus, in a sense, mathematics has been most advanced by those who distinguished themselves by intuition rather than by rigorous proofs.
Felix Klein
Mathematical reasoning may be regarded rather schematically as the exercise of a combination of two facilities, which we may call intuition and ingenuity.
Alan Turing

7. Intuition and the natural sciences

It is through science that we prove, but through intuition that we discover.
Henri Poincare
When a scientist is ahead of his times, it is often through misunderstanding of current, rather than intuition of future truth. In science there is never any error so gross that it won’t one day, from some perspective, appear prophetic.
Jean Rostand

Cite this page as: Dunn, Michael. Quotes on intuition (9th September 2013). theoryofknowledge.net. http://www.theoryofknowledge.net/ways-of-knowing/intuition/quotes-on-intuition/ Last accessed: 22nd August 2017


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