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Burrhus Frederick Skinner


by B.F. Skinner

Quotations are not only inspirational, and a source of wisdom, but can also be seen as a nice way to get a feeling about a certain thinker or visionary. How much does what they have to say touch you? How much does it correspond to what you seek? How does in inspire you? Here are the quotations by Burrhus Frederick Skinner.

Quotes by Burrhus Frederick Skinner

"Society attacks early, when the individual is helpless."
From "Walden Two"

"Let men be happy, informed, skilful, well behaved, and productive."
From "Freedom and the control of men"

"Education is what survives when what has been learned has been forgotten."
New Scientist, May 21, 1964

"The real question is not whether machines think but whether men do.
The mystery which surrounds a thinking machine already surrounds a thinking man."
From "Contingencies of Reinforcement: A Theoretical Analysis"

"We admire people to the extent that we cannot explain what they do,
and the word 'admire' then means 'marvel at'."
From "Beyond Freedom and Dignity"

"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."
From "Beyond Freedom and Dignity"

"Better contraceptives will control population only if people will use them.
A nuclear holocaust can be prevented only if the conditions under which nations make war can be changed.
The environment will continue to deteriorate until pollution practices are abandoned.
We need to make vast changes in human behaviour."
From "Beyond Freedom and Dignity"

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

"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."

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