B.F. Skinner Quotes

Enjoy the top 149 famous quotes, sayings and quotations by B.F. Skinner.

B.F. Skinner Quotes

The final state of affairs may not have been foreseen. Perhaps we are merely reading a plan into the world after the fact.
— B.F. Skinner —

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

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

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

— B.F. Skinner

The mob rushes in where individuals fear to tread.

— B.F. Skinner

We do not choose survival as a value, it chooses us.

— B.F. Skinner

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

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

— B.F. Skinner

I have to tell people that they are not responsible for their behavior. They're not creating it; they're not initiating anything. It's all found somewhere else. That's an awful lot to relinquish.

— 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

We have not yet seen what man can make of man.

— B.F. Skinner

I remember when I was a freshman in college, I was still somewhat bothered by ... worried ... about religion. I remember going to this professor of philosophy and telling him that I had lost my faith.

— B.F. Skinner

The strengthening of behavior which results from reinforcement is appropriately called 'conditioning'. In operant conditioning we 'strengthen' an operant in the sense of making a response more probable or, in actual fact, more frequent.

— B.F. Skinner

Indeed one of the ultimate advantages of an education is simply coming to the end of it.

— B.F. Skinner

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

— B.F. Skinner

The human species took a crucial step forward when its vocal musculature came under operant control in the production of speech sounds. Indeed, it is possible that all the distinctive achievements of the species can be traced to that one genetic change.

— B.F. Skinner

Punitive measures whether administered by police, teachers, spouses or parents have well known standard effects: (1) escape-education has its own name for that: truancy, (2) counterattack-vandalism on schools and attacks on teachers, (3) apathy-a sullen do-nothing withdrawal. The more violent the punishment, the more serious the by-products.

— B.F. Skinner

A culture must be reasonably stable, but it must also change, and it will presumably be strongest if it can avoid excessive respect for tradition and fear of novelty on the one hand and excessively rapid change on the other.

— B.F. Skinner

B.F. Skinner Quotes Pictures

Want to see more pictures of B.F. Skinner quotes? Click on image of B.F. Skinner quotes to view full size.

B.F. Skinner Quotes Pictures 1
B.F. Skinner Quotes Pictures 2
B.F. Skinner Quotes Pictures 3
B.F. Skinner Quotes Pictures 4