All such action would cease if those powerful elemental forces were to cease stirring within us.
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- Thought is the organizing factor in man, intersected between the causal primary instincts and the resulting actions.
- All these primary impulses, not easily described in words, are the springs of man’s actions.
- We are all ruled in what we do by impulses; and these impulses are so organized that our actions in general serve for our self preservation and that of the race.
- But their intervention makes our acts to serve ever less merely the immediate claims of our instincts.
- The real difficulty, the difficulty which has baffled the sages of all times, is rather this: how can we make our teaching so potent in the motional life of man, that its influence should withstand the pressure of the elemental psychic forces in the individual?
- The words of language, as they are written or spoken, do not seem to play any role in my mechanism of thought. The physical entities which seem to serve as elements in thought are certain signs and more or less clear images.