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B.F. Skinner Quotes: "A person who has been punished is not thereby simply less inclined to behave in a given way; at best, he learns how to avoid punishment."

A person who has been punished is not thereby simply less inclined to behave in a given way; at best, he learns how to avoid punishment.




B.F. Skinner Quotes: "Give me a child and I'll shape him into anything."

Give me a child and I'll shape him into anything.




B.F. Skinner Quotes: "The major difference between rats and people is that rats learn from experience."

The major difference between rats and people is that rats learn from experience.



B.F. Skinner Quotes: "Education is what survives when what has been learned has been forgotten."

Education is what survives when what has been learned has been forgotten.




B.F. Skinner Quotes: "Behavior is determined by its consequences."

Behavior is determined by its consequences.



B.F. Skinner Quotes: "That's all teaching is; arranging contingencies which bring changes in behavior."

That's all teaching is; arranging contingencies which bring changes in behavior.



B.F. Skinner Quotes: "Behavior is shaped and maintained by its consequences"

Behavior is shaped and maintained by its consequences




B.F. Skinner Quotes: "The way positive reinforcement is carried out is more important than the amount."

The way positive reinforcement is carried out is more important than the amount.



B.F. Skinner Quotes: "It is not a question of starting. The start has been made. It's a question of what's to be done from now on."

It is not a question of starting. The start has been made. It's a question of what's to be done from now on.



B.F. Skinner Quotes: "What is love except another name for the use of positive reinforcement? Or vice versa."

What is love except another name for the use of positive reinforcement? Or vice versa.



B.F. Skinner Quotes: "We are only just beginning to understand the power of love because we are just beginning to understand the weakness of force and aggression."

We are only just beginning to understand the power of love because we are just beginning to understand the weakness of force and aggression.



B.F. Skinner Quotes: "We shouldn't teach great books; we should teach a love of reading. Knowing the contents of a few works of literature is a trivial achievement. Being inclined to go on reading is a great achievement."

We shouldn't teach great books; we should teach a love of reading. Knowing the contents of a few works of literature is a trivial achievement. Being inclined to go on reading is a great achievement.




B.F. Skinner Quotes: "I did not direct my life. I didn't design it. I never made decisions. Things always came up and made them for me. That's what life is."

I did not direct my life. I didn't design it. I never made decisions. Things always came up and made them for me. That's what life is.



B.F. Skinner Quotes: "Do not intervene between a person and the consequences of their own behavior."

Do not intervene between a person and the consequences of their own behavior.



B.F. Skinner Quotes: "A fourth-grade reader may be a sixth-grade mathematician. The grade is an administrative device which does violence to the nature of the developmental process."

A fourth-grade reader may be a sixth-grade mathematician. The grade is an administrative device which does violence to the nature of the developmental process.



B.F. Skinner Quotes: "A self is a repertoire of behavior appropriate to a given set of contingencies."

A self is a repertoire of behavior appropriate to a given set of contingencies.



B.F. Skinner Quotes: "No one asks how to motivate a baby. A baby naturally explores everything it can get at, unless restraining forces have already been at work. And this tendency doesn't die out, it's wiped out."

No one asks how to motivate a baby. A baby naturally explores everything it can get at, unless restraining forces have already been at work. And this tendency doesn't die out, it's wiped out.



B.F. Skinner Quotes: "It is a surprising fact that those who object most violently to the manipulation of behaviour nevertheless make the most vigorous effort to manipulate minds."

It is a surprising fact that those who object most violently to the manipulation of behaviour nevertheless make the most vigorous effort to manipulate minds.



B.F. Skinner Quotes: "Society attacks early, when the individual is helpless."

Society attacks early, when the individual is helpless.



B.F. Skinner Quotes: "Some of us learn control, more or less by accident. The rest of us go all our lives not even understanding how it is possible, and blaming our failure on being born the wrong way."

Some of us learn control, more or less by accident. The rest of us go all our lives not even understanding how it is possible, and blaming our failure on being born the wrong way.



B.F. Skinner Quotes: "At this very moment enormous numbers of intelligent men and women of goodwill are trying to build a better world. But problems are born faster than they can be solved."

At this very moment enormous numbers of intelligent men and women of goodwill are trying to build a better world. But problems are born faster than they can be solved.



B.F. Skinner Quotes: "An important fact about verbal behavior is that speaker and listener may reside within the same skin."

An important fact about verbal behavior is that speaker and listener may reside within the same skin.



B.F. Skinner Quotes: "We shouldn't teach great books; we should teach a love of reading."

We shouldn't teach great books; we should teach a love of reading.



B.F. Skinner Quotes: "I've often said that my rats have taught me much more than I've taught them."

I've often said that my rats have taught me much more than I've taught them.



B.F. Skinner Quotes: "At its best, climbing becomes a life focus around which everything else must orbit and at its least is an excellent diversion from the real world."

At its best, climbing becomes a life focus around which everything else must orbit and at its least is an excellent diversion from the real world.



B.F. Skinner Quotes: "Women keep a special corner of their hearts for sins they have never committed."

Women keep a special corner of their hearts for sins they have never committed.



B.F. Skinner Quotes: "A dog is not intelligent. Never trust an animal that's surprised by it's own farts"

A dog is not intelligent. Never trust an animal that's surprised by it's own farts



B.F. Skinner Quotes: "The real problem is not whether machines think but whether men do."

The real problem is not whether machines think but whether men do.



B.F. Skinner Quotes: "Was putting a man on the moon actually easier than improving education in our public schools?"

Was putting a man on the moon actually easier than improving education in our public schools?



B.F. Skinner Quotes: "Teachers must learn how to teach ... they need only to be taught more effective ways of teaching."

Teachers must learn how to teach ... they need only to be taught more effective ways of teaching.



B.F. Skinner Quotes: "Chaos breeds geniuses. It offers a man something to be a genius about."

Chaos breeds geniuses. It offers a man something to be a genius about.



B.F. Skinner Quotes: "The juvenile delinquent does not feel his disturbed personality. The intelligent man does not feel his intelligence or the introvert his introversion."

The juvenile delinquent does not feel his disturbed personality. The intelligent man does not feel his intelligence or the introvert his introversion.



B.F. Skinner Quotes: "The problem of far greater importance remains to be solved. Rather than build a world in which we shall all live well, we must stop building one in which it will be impossible to live at all."

The problem of far greater importance remains to be solved. Rather than build a world in which we shall all live well, we must stop building one in which it will be impossible to live at all.



B.F. Skinner Quotes: "The consequences of an act affect the probability of its occurring again."

The consequences of an act affect the probability of its occurring again.



B.F. Skinner Quotes: "Cider was my drink because I liked the taste and it made me stupid."

Cider was my drink because I liked the taste and it made me stupid.



B.F. Skinner Quotes: "The only geniuses produced by the chaos of society are those who do something about it. Chaos breeds geniuses. It offers a man something to be a genius about."

The only geniuses produced by the chaos of society are those who do something about it. Chaos breeds geniuses. It offers a man something to be a genius about.



B.F. Skinner Quotes: "Science is a willingness to accept facts even when they are opposed to wishes."

Science is a willingness to accept facts even when they are opposed to wishes.



B.F. Skinner Quotes: "You can spend your whole life trying to be popular, but at the end of the day, the size of the crowd at your funeral will be largely dictated by the weather."

You can spend your whole life trying to be popular, but at the end of the day, the size of the crowd at your funeral will be largely dictated by the weather.



B.F. Skinner Quotes: "I will be dead in a few months. But it hasn't given me the slightest anxiety or worry. I always knew I was going to die."

I will be dead in a few months. But it hasn't given me the slightest anxiety or worry. I always knew I was going to die.



B.F. Skinner Quotes: "I solemnly swear that I will bear true and faithful allegiance to the Queen when she pays her income tax."

I solemnly swear that I will bear true and faithful allegiance to the Queen when she pays her income tax.



B.F. Skinner Quotes: "The one fact that I would cry form every housetop is this: the Good Life is waiting for us - here and now."

The one fact that I would cry form every housetop is this: the Good Life is waiting for us - here and now.



B.F. Skinner Quotes: "A person's genetic endowment, a product of the evolution of the species, is said to explain part of the workings of his mind and his personal history the rest."

A person's genetic endowment, a product of the evolution of the species, is said to explain part of the workings of his mind and his personal history the rest.



B.F. Skinner Quotes: "When posh boys get into trouble they sack the servants."

When posh boys get into trouble they sack the servants.



B.F. Skinner Quotes: "If freedom is a requisite for human happiness, then all that’s necessary is to provide the illusion of freedom."

If freedom is a requisite for human happiness, then all that’s necessary is to provide the illusion of freedom.



B.F. Skinner Quotes: "Men build society and society builds men."

Men build society and society builds men.



B.F. Skinner Quotes: "It is a mistake to suppose that the whole issue is how to free man. The issue is to improve the way in which he is controlled."

It is a mistake to suppose that the whole issue is how to free man. The issue is to improve the way in which he is controlled.



B.F. Skinner Quotes: "Twenty-five hundred years ago it might have been said that man understood himself as well as any other part of the world. Today he is the thing he understands least."

Twenty-five hundred years ago it might have been said that man understood himself as well as any other part of the world. Today he is the thing he understands least.



B.F. Skinner Quotes: "Somehow people get the idea I think we should be given gumdrops whenever we do anything of value."

Somehow people get the idea I think we should be given gumdrops whenever we do anything of value.



B.F. Skinner Quotes: "I may say that the only differences I expect to see revealed between the behavior of the rat and man (aside from enormous differences of complexity) lie in the field of verbal behavior."

I may say that the only differences I expect to see revealed between the behavior of the rat and man (aside from enormous differences of complexity) lie in the field of verbal behavior.