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B. F. Skinner Quote: “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 Quote: “A vast technology has been developed to prevent, reduce, or terminate exhausting labor and physical damage. It is now dedicated to the production of the most trivial conveniences and comfort.”
B. F. Skinner Quote: “Society attacks early, when the individual is helpless.”
B. F. Skinner Quote: “Except when physically restrained, a person is least free or dignified when he is under threat of punishment, and unfortunately most people often are.”
B. F. Skinner Quote: “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 Quote: “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 Quote: “The speaker does not feel the grammatical rules he is said to apply in composing sentences, and men spoke grammatically for thousands of years before anyone knew there were rules.”
B. F. Skinner Quote: “If the world is to save any part of its resources for the future, it must reduce not only consumption but the number of consumers.”
B. F. Skinner Quote: “Science, not religion, has taught me my most useful values, among them intellectual honesty. It is better to go without answers than to accept those that merely resolve puzzlement.”
B. F. Skinner Quote: “Death does not trouble me. I have no fear of supernatural punishments, of course, nor could I enjoy an eternal life in which there would be nothing left for me to do, the task of living having been accomplished.”
B. F. Skinner Quote: “Men build society and society builds men.”
B. F. Skinner Quote: “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 Quote: “The mob rushes in where individuals fear to tread.”
B. F. Skinner Quote: “Was putting a man on the moon actually easier than improving education in our public schools?”
B. F. Skinner Quote: “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 Quote: “Going out of style isn’t a natural process, but a manipulated change which destroys the beauty of last year’s dress in order to make it worthless.”
B. F. Skinner Quote: “In a world of complete economic equality, you get and keep the affections you deserve. You can’t buy love with gifts or favors, you can’t hold love by raising an inadequate child, and you can’t be secure in love by serving as a good scrub woman or a good provider.”
B. F. Skinner Quote: “Problem-solving typically involves the construction of discriminative stimuli.”
B. F. Skinner Quote: “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.”
B. F. Skinner Quote: “A permissive government is a government that leaves control to other sources.”
B. F. Skinner Quote: “Overcrowding can be corrected only by inducing people not to crowd, and the environment will continue to deteriorate until polluting practices are abandoned.”
B. F. Skinner Quote: “Indeed one of the ultimate advantages of an education is simply coming to the end of it.”
B. F. Skinner Quote: “To require a citizen to sign a loyalty oath is to destroy some of the loyalty he could otherwise claim, since any subsequent loyal behavior may then be attributed to the oath.”
B. F. Skinner Quote: “Somehow people get the idea I think we should be given gumdrops whenever we do anything of value.”
B. F. Skinner Quote: “The extent to which human aggression exemplifies innate tendencies is not clear.”
B. F. Skinner Quote: “A piece of music is an experience to be taken by itself.”
B. F. Skinner Quote: “Many social practices essential to the welfare of the species involve the control of one person by another, and no one can suppress them who has any concern for human achievements.”
B. F. Skinner Quote: “When we say that a man controls himself, we must specify who is controlling whom.”
B. F. Skinner Quote: “We have not yet seen what man can make of man.”
B. F. Skinner Quote: “In the world at large we seldom vote for a principle or a given state of affairs. We vote for a man who pretends to believe in that principle or promises to achieve that state. We don’t want a man, we want a condition of peace and plenty – or, it may be, war and want – but we must vote for a man.”
B. F. Skinner Quote: “Those who have had anything useful to say have said it far too often, and those who have had nothing to say have been no more reticent.”
B. F. Skinner Quote: “Your liberals and radicals all want to govern. They want to try it their way- to show that people will be happier if the power is wielded in a different way or for different purposes. But how do they know? Have they ever tried it? No, it’s merely their guess.”
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