An aphorism is nothing else but the slightest
form of writing raised to the highest level of expressive communication. Carl William Brown





The test of one's behavior pattern; relationship to society, relationship to one's work, relationship to sex.


Alfred Adler (1870-1937, Austrian psychiatrist)


The only normal people are the one's you don't know very well.


Joe Ancis (American comedian, ranked in the top 100 by Comedy Central)


Of course, behaviorism works. So does torture. Give me a no-nonsense, down-to-earth behaviorist, a few drugs, and simple electrical appliances, and in six months I will have him reciting the Athanasian Creed in public.


W. H. Auden (1907-1973, Anglo-American poet)


Our natures are a lot like oil, mix us with anything else, and we strive to swim on top.


Francis Beaumont (1584-1616, British dramatist)


With a gentleman I am always a gentleman and a half, and with a fraud I try to be a fraud and a half.


Otto Von Bismarck (1815-1898, Russian statesman, Prime Minister)


It is the unseen and the spiritual in people that determines the outward and the actual.


Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881, Scottish philosopher, author)


When new turns of behavior cease to appear in the life of the individual, its behavior ceases to be intelligent.


C. E. Coghill


What is the appropriate behavior for a man or a woman in the midst of this world, where each person is clinging to his piece of debris? What's the proper salutation between people as they pass each other in this flood?


Leonard Cohen (1934-, Canadian-born American musician, songwriter, singer)


Act the way you'd like to be and soon you'll be the way you act.


George W. Crane


To know what people really think, pay regard to what they do, rather than what they say.


Rene Descartes (1596-1650, French philosopher, scientist)


At the time, my grandparents told my mom, "Lordy, what is Shannen doing?" Now I've calmed down. [On her reputation for bad behavior]


Shannen Doherty (1971-, American actress)


Though our conduct seems so very different from that of the higher animals, the primary instincts are much alike in them and in us.


Albert Einstein (1879-1955, German-born American physicist)


A mission could be defined as an image of a desired state that you want to get to. Once fully seen, it will inspire you to act, fuel your imagination and determine your behavior.


Charles A. Garfield (American peak performance expert, researcher, trainer)


Behavior is the mirror in which everyone shows their image


Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832, German poet, dramatist, novelist)


What ever is the natural propensity of a person is hard to overcome. If a dog were made a king, he would still gnaw at his shoe's laces.


Hitopadesa (600-1100 AD, Sanskrit fable from Panchatantra)


We are all serving a life sentence, and good behavior is our only hope for a pardon.


Doug Horton


Live so that you can at least get the benefit of the doubt.


Kin Hubbard (1868-1930, American humorist, journalist)


Still people are dangerous.


Jean De La Fontaine (1621-1695, French poet)


We like to see others, but don't like others to see through us.


Francois De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680, French classical writer)


Our humility rests upon a series of learned behaviors, woven together into patterns that are infinitely fragile and never directly inherited.


Margaret Mead (1901-1978, American anthropologist)


Be nice to people on your way up because you'll meet them on your way down.


Wilson Mizner (1876-1933, American author)


It's no use growing older if you only learn new ways of misbehaving yourself.


Hector Hugh Munro (1870-1916, British novelist, writer)


Perfect behavior is born of complete indifference.


Cesare Pavese (1908-1950, Italian poet, novelist, translator)


Suit the behavior to the occasion.


Colombian Proverb


If the camel once gets his nose in a tent, his body will soon follow.


Saudi Arabian Proverb


If we ever do end up acting just like rats or Pavlov's dogs, it will be largely because behaviorism has conditioned us to do so.


Richard D. Rosen


Physics does not change the nature of the world it studies, and no science of behavior can change the essential nature of man, even though both sciences yield technologies with a vast power to manipulate the subject matters.


B(urrhus) F(rederic) Skinner (1904-1990, American psychologist)


When man learns to understand and control his own behavior as well as he is learning to understand and control the behavior of crop plants and domestic animals, he may be justified in believing that he has become civilized.


E. G. Stakman


Many people love in themselves what they hate in others.


Benzel Sternan


We Barbie dolls are not supposed to behave the way I do.


Sharon Stone (1958-, American actress)


People don't change their behavior unless it makes a difference for them to do so.


Fran Tarkenton (1940-, American football player, businessman, corporate consultant, author)


I place a high moral value on the way people behave. I find it repellent to have a lot, and to behave with anything other than courtesy in the old sense of the word -- politeness of the heart, a gentleness of the spirit.


Emma Thompson (1959-, British-born American actress)


Behave so the aroma of your actions may enhance the general sweetness of the atmosphere.


Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862, American essayist, poet, naturalist)


If I repent of anything, it is very likely to be my good behavior.


Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862, American essayist, poet, naturalist)


Behavior is what a man does, not what he thinks, feels, or believes


Author Unknown


Contraries are cured by contraries.


Author Unknown


No scoundrel is so stupid as to not find a reason for his vile conduct.


Author Unknown


People who have little to do are excessive talkers.


Author Unknown


The wolf changes his coat, but not his disposition.


Author Unknown


What we are doing at the moment is more that just one thing added to the rest; it is a memoir.


Author Unknown


I don't say we all ought to misbehave, but we ought to look as if we could.


Orson Welles (1915-1985, American film maker)


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