Awaken The World Through Enlightened Media

Quotes by Burrhus Frederic Skinner

  1. “A failure is not always a mistake, it may simply be the best one can do under the circumstances. The real mistake is to stop trying.”
  2. “Education is what survives when what has been learned has been forgotten.”
  3. “The consequences of an act affect the probability of it’s occurring again.”
  4. “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.”
  5. “The real problem is not whether machines think but whether men do.”
  6. “Society attacks early, when the individual is helpless.”
  7. “We shouldn’t teach great books; we should teach a love of reading.”
  8. “Give me a child and I’ll shape him into anything.”
  9. “We shouldn’t teach great books; we should teach a love of reading.”
  10. “Give me a child and I’ll shape him into anything.”
  11. “The way positive reinforcement is carried out is more important than the amount.”
  12. “If you’re old, don’t try to change yourself, change your environment.”
  13. “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.”
  14. “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.”
  15. “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.”
  16. “We are only just beginning to understand the power of love because we are just beginning to understand the weakness of force and aggression.”
  17. “If freedom is a requisite for human happiness, then all that’s necessary is to provide the illusion of freedom.”
  18. “What is love except another name for the use of positive reinforcement? Or vice versa.”
  19. “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.”
  20. “A scientist may not be sure of the answer, but he’s often sure he can find one. And that’s a condition which is clearly not enjoyed by philosophy.”
  21. “We do not choose survival as a value, it chooses us.”
  22. “Considering how long society has been at it, you’d expect a better job. But the campaigns have been badly planned and the victory has never been secured.”
  23. “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.”
  24. “A piece of music is an experience to be taken by itself.”
  25. “…not everyone is willing to defend a position of ‘not knowing.’ There is no virtue in ignorance for its own sake.”
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