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on impulse

after having had an impulse or sudden thought. On impulse, Bob decided to buy a car. I didn't need a cellular telephone. I just bought it on impulse.
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The bird does what it does, at each stage, because it has an impulse to that particular action, not because it perceives that the whole cycle of actions will contribute to the preservation of the species.
It was after an interval of long groping amongst vague impulses and hesitations which ended in the production of "The Nigger" that I turned to my third short story in the order of time, the first in this volume: "Karain: A Memory.
It seemed to her that by some strange impulse of the gods, a great gift had been brought to Mary Hardy and she could not understand the older wom- an's determined protest.
Life flowed past him, deep and wide and varied, continually impinging upon his senses, demanding of him instant and endless adjustments and correspondences, and compelling him, almost always, to suppress his natural impulses.
But he did not reason it, did not reason at all; he acted on impulse.
Here were we, drawn together by mutual rage and the impulse toward cooperation, led off into forgetfulness by the establishment of a rude rhythm.
Before the minister had time to celebrate his victory over this last temptation, he was conscious of another impulse, more ludicrous, and almost as horrible.
Now, the fact was that the excellent doctor had never acted upon anything but impulse all through his life, and if was no bad compliment to the nature of the impulses which governed him, that so far from being involved in any peculiar troubles or misfortunes, he had the warmest respect and esteem of all who knew him.
I wonder that you presume to speak of impulses to me'--both the teachers assented--
But since her engagement to Rodney, Henry's feeling towards her had become rather complex; equally divided between an impulse to hurt her and an impulse to be tender to her; and all the time he suffered a curious irritation from the sense that she was drifting away from him for ever upon unknown seas.
The impulse was not confined to literature, but permeated all the life of the time.
I was myself in shadow, and stood still with clenched hands and set teeth, trying to control the impulse to leap upon and strangle him.
Shed down a kindly ray from above upon my life, and strength of war, that I may be able to drive away bitter cowardice from my head and crush down the deceitful impulses of my soul.
Edna Pontellier could not have told why, wishing to go to the beach with Robert, she should in the first place have declined, and in the second place have followed in obedience to one of the two contradictory impulses which impelled her.
In any matter with which your sister is concerned, you may want an old friend's advice, and an old friend's protection against your own generous impulses.