Survival Instinct Quotes

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“Oh what a wonderful soul so bright inside you. Got power to heal the sun’s broken heart, power to restore the moon’s vision too.”
Aberjhani, Songs from the Black Skylark zPed Music Player

Criss Jami
“Everyone judges constantly: positively judging one person is the same as negatively judging everyone else; it is to say that that person is superior in some sense.”
Criss Jami, Venus in Arms

Robert A. Heinlein
“The instinct to survive is human nature itself, and every aspect of our personalities derives from it. Anything that conflicts with the survival instinct acts sooner or later to eliminate the individual and thereby fails to show up in future generations. . . . A scientifically verifiable theory of morals must be rooted in the individual's instinct to survive--and nowhere else!--and must correctly describe the hierarchy of survival, note the motivations at each level, and resolve all conflicts.
We have such a theory now; we can solve any moral problem, on any level. Self-interest, love of family, duty to country, responsibility toward the human race . . . .
The basis of all morality is duty, a concept with the same relation to group that self-interest has to individual.”
Robert A. Heinlein, Starship Troopers

Yann Martel
“When your own life is threatened, your sense of empathy is blunted by a terrible, selfish hunger for survival.”
Yann Martel, Life of Pi

Ana Claudia Antunes
“I'd rather be on the ground than under
To feel the heavy rain and the thunder.”
Ana Claudia Antunes, The Tao of Physical and Spiritual

Criss Jami
“All men are born firstly with the instinct to protect themselves. But few grow to really love themselves, and even fewer learn to love their neighbor as themselves.”
Criss Jami, Killosophy

“I choose to live by choice, not by chance; to make changes, not excuses; to be motivated, not manipulated; to be useful, not used; to excel, not to compete. I choose self-esteem, not self-pity. I choose to listen to my inner voice, not the random opinion of others. I choose to be me.”
Miranda Marrott

Paula Stokes
“I’m glad you still have your survival instinct.”

“We’ve all got something.” I lift my fingertips to the exposed skin on my face. It’s colder than the night sea. Cupping my hands, I blow into them, let my breath warm my nose and cheeks. “I apparently still have a face, which is good.”

Holden vaults up onto the wooden platform and I step up after him. “That is good,” he says, pulling me in close. He lifts his gloved hands to my cheeks. “After all, this is one of my favorite faces.”

I scrunch my lips into a pretend pout. “One of?”

He grins. “Well, you know. I’m a sucker for the classics. Helen of Troy, the Mona Lisa, that—”

“Hey. The Mona Lisa isn’t even hot.” I give him a little shove away from me, toward the edge of the platform.

“Disagree,” Holden says. “She’s beautiful in her own way. That mischievous smile, those dark, soulful eyes, the way she—”

“Fine, whatever.” I cross my arms. “But I insist on being ranked above her.”

“Okay, okay,” Holden says. “Yours can be my second-favorite face . . . right after that guy from The Scream.” He pulls me in close again.

“You’re such an ass,” I say, as our lips touch.

Holden laughs. “My girl Mona Lisa would never be so rude.”
Paula Stokes, Hidden Pieces

“It's all in the reflexes.”
"Jack Burton" (Kurt Russell), movie Big Trouble in Little China

Hugh Howey
“The suit came up, and Holston thought that maybe people went along with it because they couldn't believe it was happening. None of it was real enough to rebel against. The animal part of his mind wasn't made for this, to be calmly ushered to a death it was perfectly aware of.”
Hugh Howey, Wool Omnibus

Lailah Gifty Akita
“Through all life changes , God is in control.”
Lailah Gifty Akita

Lailah Gifty Akita
“In any situation, there is a sacred-solution.”
Lailah Gifty Akita, Think Great: Be Great!

Lailah Gifty Akita
“May you find the strength of will and the grace of endurance to overcome every challenge.”
Lailah Gifty Akita, Think Great: Be Great!

Lailah Gifty Akita
“God is our refuge in times of affliction.”
Lailah Gifty Akita

Lailah Gifty Akita
“\with hope, you can survive any shock.”
Lailah Gifty Akita

Lailah Gifty Akita
“We shall overcome every barrier by divine grace.”
Lailah Gifty Akita

Anne Clendening
“One of the hardest things you'll ever do is give yourself permission to be in pain of any kind. There's a reason we have survival instincts, so that we don't die. That goes for humans, animals (redundant, I know), all the fishes in the sea, everyone. Some researchers even say that even plants feel pain and a cucumber will scream when you cut it. (And some others say that's crap because they have no brain or central nervous system.) The point is, we're all wusses. And emotional pain is the worst.”
Anne Clendening, Bent: How Yoga Saved My Ass

Lailah Gifty Akita
“The living must desire life.”
Lailah Gifty Akita

Bernard Kelvin Clive
“Don't let go of fields you've fought for, keep fighting”
Bernard Kelvin Clive

Ivo Andrić
“Every man in the town set to work at once to repair the damage and no one had time to think of the meaning of the victory of the bridge, but going about his affairs in that ill-fated town in which the waters had destroyed or at least damaged everything, he knew that there was something in his life that overcame every disaster and that the bridge, because of the strange harmony of its forms and the strong and invisible power of its foundations, would emerge from every test unchanged and imperishable.”
Ivo Andrić, The Bridge on the Drina

Alexander Chee
“The animal will be tender with you, and you with it, but the animal never forgets that when what it wants for survival requires your death, it will become unafraid to kill you. And so you cannot forget this, either. It is, on reflection, good training to be a courtesan. A woman of any kind.”
Alexander Chee, The Queen of the Night

Chil Rajchman
“I have no notion of barbering and no idea what will happen if I cannot do the work. But I tell myself that after all it cannot be worse than dying…”
Chil Rajchman, The Last Jew of Treblinka

Chil Rajchman
First night in the barracks. Moyshe Ettinger tells us how he saved himself and cannot forgive himself. The evening prayer is recited and Kaddish is set for the dead.
Chil Rajchman, The Last Jew of Treblinka

Chil Rajchman
“He cannot forgive himself for having saved himself when his wife and child went to their deaths we are all as if drugged. Yesterday all of my family were living and now - all are dead. Each of us stands as if turn to stone. I weep for my fate, for what I have left to see.”
Chil Rajchman, The Last Jew of Treblinka

“Hunting was a crucial part of humans' survival 100,000 years ago, but today hunting is now nothing more than a violent form of recreation.”
Fuad Alakbarov, Exodus

Julian Barnes
“Still, as I tend to repeat, I have some instinct for survival, for self-preservation. And believing you have such an instinct is almost as good as actually having it, because it means you act in the same way.”
Julian Barnes, The Sense of an Ending

Lailah Gifty Akita
“The breath of life is the brevity to live.”
Lailah Gifty Akita

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