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B. F. Skinner Quotes

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Education is what survives when
what has been learned has been forgotten.
- B. F. Skinner

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The real problem is not whether machines think but whether men do.
- B. F. Skinner

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

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

 

The consequences of an act affect the probability of it's occurring again.
- B. F. Skinner

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

Society attacks early, when the individual is helpless.
- B. F. Skinner

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If you're old, don't try to change yourself,
change your environment.
- B. F. Skinner

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.
- B. F. Skinner

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

Education is not the filling of a pail,
but the lighting of a fire.
- William Butler Yeats

The highest result of education is tolerance.
- Helen Keller

I must dedicate my life to teaching my people,
for only education would make their lot less bitter,
their latent power more strong.
- Jimmy Yen

Intellectual growth should commence at birth
and cease only at death.
- Albert Einstein

Don't limit a child to your own learning,
for he was born in another time.
- Rabindranath Tagore

You cannot teach a man anything;
you can only help him find it within himself.
- Galileo Galilei

If a man empties his purse into his head,
no man can take it away from him.
An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest.
- Benjamin Franklin

The giving of love is an education in itself.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

Who hears me, who understands me, becomes mine,
a possession for all time.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Education, n.: That which discloses to the wise and
disguises from the foolish their lack of understanding.
- Ambrose Bierce

Education is a social process.
Education is growth.
Education is, not a preparation for life;
education is life itself.
- John Dewey

Education is a progressive discovery of our own ignorance.
- Will Durant

Don't let schooling interfere with your education.
- Mark Twain

One looks back with appreciation to the brilliant teachers,
but with gratitude to those who touched our human feelings.
The curriculum is so much necessary raw material,
but warmth is the vital element for the growing plant
and for the soul of the child.
- Carl Jung

I read Shakespeare and the Bible, and I can shoot dice.
That's what I call a liberal education.
- Tallulah Bankhead

Education is simply the soul of a society as it passes
from one generation to another.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

Education...
has produced a vast population able to read but unable
to distinguish what is worth reading.
- G. M. Trevelyan

The roots of education are bitter, but the fruit is sweet.
- Aristotle

Modern cynics and skeptics... see no harm in paying those
to whom they entrust the minds of their children
a smaller wage than is paid to those to whom
they entrust the care of their plumbing.
- John F. Kennedy

An education isn't how much you have committed to memory,
or even how much you know.
It's being able to differentiate between what you know and what you don't.
- Anatole France

The goal of education is the advancement of knowledge
and the dissemination of truth.
- John F. Kennedy

In the world today, a young lady who does not have
a college education just is not educated.
- Walter Annenberg

It is a thousand times better to have common sense
without education than to have education without common sense.
- Robert Green Ingersoll

The most important outcome of education
is to help students become independent of formal education.
- Paul E. Gray

If I had learned education I would not have had time to learn anything else.
- Cornelius Vanderbilt

No one has yet realized the wealth of sympathy,
the kindness and generosity hidden in the soul of a child.
The effort of every true education should be to unlock that treasure.
- Emma Goldman

A liberal education is at the heart of a civil society,
and at the heart of a liberal education is the act of teaching.
- A. Bartlett Giamatti

The whole purpose of education is to turn mirrors into windows.
- Sydney J. Harris

Much education today is monumentally ineffective.
All too often we are giving young people cut flowers
when we should be teaching them to grow their own plants.
- John W. Gardner

Education is the ability to listen to almost anything
without losing your temper or your self-confidence.
- Robert Frost

What usually happens in the educational process is
that the faculties are dulled, overloaded, stuffed
and paralyzed so that by the time most people are mature
they have lost their innate capabilities.
- R. Buckminster Fuller

No man who worships education has got the best out of education...
Without a gentle contempt for education no man's education is complete.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

Real education must ultimately be limited to men who insist on knowing,
the rest is mere sheep-herding.
- Ezra Pound

The highest result of education is tolerance.
Long ago men fought and died for their faith;
but it took ages to teach them the other kind of courage, -
the courage to recognize the faiths of their brethren
and their rights of conscience.
- Helen Keller

The object of education is to prepare the young
to educate themselves throughout their lives.
- Robert M. Hutchins

Education's purpose is to replace an empty mind with an open one.
- Malcolm Forbes

Why should society feel responsible only for the education of children,
and not for the education of all adults of every age?
- Erich Fromm

There comes a time in every man's education
when he arrives at the conviction that envy is ignorance,
that imitation is suicide,
that he must take himself for better or for worse as his portion.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

It is a miracle that curiosity survives formal education.
- Albert Einstein

Education is not the answer to the question.
Education is the means to the answer to all questions.
- William Allin

Education is learning what you didn't even know you didn't know.
- Daniel J. Boorstin

The great difficulty in education is to get experience out of ideas.
- George Santayana

Education is all a matter of building bridges.
- Ralph Ellison

Sex education may be a good idea in the schools,
but I don't believe the kids should be given homework.
- Bill Cosby

The philosophy of the school room in one generation
will be the philosophy of government in the next.
- Abraham Lincoln

I prefer the company of peasants because they have
not been educated sufficiently to reason incorrectly.
- Michel de Montaigne

Some people drink from the fountain of knowledge,
others just gargle.
- Robert Anthony

College isn't the place to go for ideas.
- Helen Keller

The more that learn to read the less learn how to make a living.
That's one thing about a little education.
It spoils you for actual work.
The more you know the more you think somebody owes you a living.
- Will Rogers

The love of learning, the sequestered nooks,
And all the sweet serenity of books.
- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

The only person who is educated is the one who has
learned how to learn and change.
- Carl Rogers

America is the best half-educated country in the world.
- Nicholas M. Butler

Develop a passion for learning.
If you do, you will never cease to grow.
- Anthony J. D'Angelo

Most people's historical perspective
begins with the day of their birth.
- Rush Limbaugh

I know a lot of people think I'm dumb.
Well, at least I ain't no educated fool.
- Leon Spinks

I would like to learn, or remember, how to live.
- Annie Dillard

Every educated person is a future enemy.
- Martin Bormann

The illiterate of the future will not be the person who cannot read.
It will be the person who does not know how to learn.
- Alvin Toffler

An educated man is thoroughly inoculated against humbug,
thinks for himself and tries to give his thoughts,
in speech or on paper, some style.
- Alan K. Simpson

If the Romans had been obliged to learn Latin,
they would never have found time to conquer the world.
- Heinrich Heine

Some people will never learn anything,
for this reason, because they understand everything too soon.
- Alexander Pope


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