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  • It is your sex-instinct, your sinful sex-instinct which prevents you worshipping the higher form of beauty.

    Oscar Wilde, His Life and Confessions

  • Preachers, moralists, psychologists, and writers of various kinds have all united to represent the sex-instinct as exotic and unreal.

    Courtship After Marriage

  • Page 97, Volume 4 cal examples from Australian aboriginal society, his reconstruction of this primeval drama had the sanction of no archeological or anthropological evidence; how - ever, its novel interpretation of the sex-instinct as the source of religion caused much excitement and gave it a publicity which it did not deserve on scientific grounds.


  • For in the majority of men there are certain instincts so strong and so dangerous - as, the sex-instinct, the craving for stimulants and excitement-that where no repressive principle exists they tend to override the grumblings of prudence and drag their possessor to disaster.

    Problems of Conduct

  • The combative instinct, pride, obstinacy, and notably the sex-instinct, were from earliest times spurring men on to a disregard of the conventional and the formation of individual standards.

    Problems of Conduct

  • The relation of the sexes has always been a deep concern of human society even in most primitive forms of social order, but after men knew the connection between the gratification of sex-instinct and the procreative function, they began to reason about and to make more definite the customs that outlined permitted marriage.

    The Family and it's Members

  • Such a golden mean I find on the other side of the Atlantic, where the sex-instinct and marriage are regarded more sanely and naturally than on this side.

    Courtship After Marriage

  • First of all, I accuse the spirit of Puritanism for having fostered a false attitude toward the sex-instinct.

    Courtship After Marriage

  • When the sex-instinct first matures, the behaviour of an animal in the presence of a mate is different from its previous behaviour in similar circumstances, but is not learnt, since it is just the same if the animal has never previously been in the presence of a mate.

    The Analysis of Mind

  • The maturing and seasonal fluctuation of the sex-instinct affords a good illustration.

    The Analysis of Mind


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