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Edward Thorndike Quotes and Sayings

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Psychology is the science of the intellects,
characters and behavior of animals including man.
- Edward Thorndike

Human folk are as a matter of fact eager to find intelligence in animals.
- Edward Thorndike

The function of intellect is to provide a means of
modifying our reactions to the circumstances of life,
so that we may secure pleasure, the symptom of welfare.
- Edward Thorndike

For origin and development of human faculty we must
look to these processes of association in lower animals.
- Edward Thorndike

 

When, instead of merely associating some act with some
situation in the animal way,
we think the situation out, we have a set of particular
feelings of its elements.
- Edward Thorndike

This growth in the number, speed of formation,
permanence, delicacy and complexity of associations
possible for an animal reaches its acme in the case of man.
- Edward Thorndike

Just as the science and art of agriculture depend upon chemistry and botany,
so the art of education depends upon physiology and psychology.
- Edward Thorndike

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So the animal finally performs in that situation only the fitting act.
- Edward Thorndike

Dogs get lost hundreds of times and no one ever notices
it or sends an account of it to a scientific magazine.
- Edward Thorndike

Amongst the minds of animals that of man leads,
not as a demigod from another planet,
but as a king from the same race.
- Edward Thorndike

The dog, on the other hand, has few or no ideas because
his brain acts in coarse fashion and because there
are few connections with each single process.
- Edward Thorndike

The intellectual evolution of the race consists in
an increase in the number,
delicacy, complexity, permanence and speed of formation of such associations.
- Edward Thorndike

The restriction of studies of human intellect and character
to studies of conscious states was not without influence
on a scientific studies of animal psychology.
- Edward Thorndike

Psychology helps to measure the probability that an aim is attainable.
- Edward Thorndike

The un-conscious distortion of the facts is almost
harmless compared to the unconscious neglect of an
animal's mental life until it verges on the unusual and marvelous.
- Edward Thorndike

From the lowest animals of which we can affirm intelligence
up to man this type of intellect is found.
- Edward Thorndike

Nowhere more truly than in his mental capacities is man a part of nature.
- Edward Thorndike

The real difference between a man's scientific judgments
about himself and the judgment of others about him
is he has added sources of knowledge.
- Edward Thorndike

On the whole, the psychological work of the last quarter
of the nineteenth century emphasized the study of consciousness
to the neglect of the total life of intellect and character.
- Edward Thorndike

It will, of course, be understood that directly or indirectly,
soon or late, every advance in the sciences of human
nature will contribute to our success in controlling
human nature and changing it to the advantage of the common weal.
- Edward Thorndike

Human beings are accustomed to think of intellect as
the power of having and controlling ideas and of ability
to learn as synonymous with ability to have ideas.
But learning by having ideas is really one of the rare
and isolated events in nature.
- Edward Thorndike

There is no reasoning, no process of inference or comparison;
there is no thinking about things,
no putting two and two together; there are no ideas -
the animal does not think of the box or of the food
or of the act he is to perform.
- Edward Thorndike

Human education is concerned with certain changes in the intellects,
characters and behavior of men, its problems being
roughly included under these four topics:
Aims,
materials, means and methods.
- Edward Thorndike

To the intelligent man with an interest in human nature
it must often appear strange that so much of the energy
of the scientific world has been spent on the study
of the body and so little on the study of the mind.
- Edward Thorndike

Some statements concern the conscious states of the animal,
what he is to himself as an inner life;
others concern his original and acquired ways of response,
his behavior, what he is an outside observer.
- Edward Thorndike

Laugh when you can,
apologize when you should,
and let go of what you can't change.
Life's too short to be anything... but happy.
- Anonymous PHOTO

Forgiveness is an act of self-love and respect.
- don Miguel Ruiz PHOTO

Talent is God-given; be humble.
Fame is man-given; be thankful.
Conceit is self-given; be careful.
- John Wooden PHOTO

"Just living is not enough," said the butterfly,
"one must have sunshine, freedom and a little flower."
- Hans Christian Andersen PHOTO

Life is without meaning.
You bring the meaning to it.
The meaning of life is
whatever you ascribe it to be.
Being alive is the meaning.
- Joseph Campbell PHOTO

Happiness depends upon ourselves.
- Aristotle

Life is a reflection of intent.
Love reflects love.
Hate reflects hate.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The purpose of our lives is to be happy.
- Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama

You don't have the power to make life "fair,"
but you do have the power to make life joyful.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal
with the intent of throwing it at someone else;
you are the one who gets burned.
- The Buddha

The true meaning of life is to plant trees,
under whose shade you do not expect to sit.
- Nelson Henderson

Don't Take Anything Personally.
Nothing others do is because of you.
- Miguel Angel Ruiz (don Miguel Ruiz)

Simply do your best, and you will avoid
self-judgment, self-abuse and regret.
- don Miguel Ruiz

He who knows others is wise.
He who knows himself is enlightened.
- Lao Tzu

If you aren't in the moment,
you are either looking forward to uncertainty,
or back to pain and regret.
- Jim Carrey

Everyone is a prisoner of his own experiences.
No one can eliminate prejudices -
just recognize them.
- Edward R. Murrow

We don't see things as they are,
we see things as we are.
- Anais Nin

There are no facts, only interpretations.
- Friedrich Nietzsche

The book of life is filled with incoherent riddles.
Life's true lessons are inscribed in a corner of the margin.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

One can never consent to creep when one feels the impulse to soar.
- Helen Keller

Life is a succession of lessons
which must be lived to be understood.
- Helen Keller

Anger is like a thorn in the heart.
- Yiddish Proverb

Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass...
It's about learning to Dance in the Rain.
- Vivian Greene

Beware the Rattlesnake of the Mind.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Bringing a childlike wonder
and a beginner's mind to life
maximizes both success and joy.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Time, like life itself, has no inherent meaning.
We give our own meaning to time as to life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Life is really simple,
but we insist on making it complicated.
- Confucius

Life is as easy or as hard as you think it is.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Insanity is doing the same thing, over and over again,
but expecting different results.
- Rita Mae Brown, also attributed to Einstein

The life of inner peace,
being harmonious and without stress,
is the easiest type of existence.
- Norman Vincent Peale

Happiness cannot thrive within the prison of obligation
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Life is always lived in the eye-of-the-storm
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Nobody can bring you peace but yourself.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Life's burdens are lighter when I laugh at myself.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Change what you see,
by changing how you see.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Happiness walks on busy feet.
- Kitte Turmell

Play with life, laugh with life,
dance lightly with life,
and smile at the riddles of life,
knowing that life's only true lessons
are writ small in the margin.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Take time to play!
Ask for what you want.
Laugh.
Live loudly.
Be avid.
Learn a new thing.
Be Yourself!
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Choose Inner Peace.
Nothing is worth losing your inner peace.
Take action as circumstances require,
but never surrender your inner peace.
Stop. Breathe deeply.
Close your eyes and breathe deeply again.
Then, and only then, take action -
from a peaceful heart.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Live with intention.
Walk to the edge.
Listen hard.
Practice wellness.
Play with abandon.
Laugh.
Choose with no regret.
Appreciate your friends.
Continue to learn.
Do what you love.
Live as if this is all there is.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

I do not need anyone's permission to be my true self.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Joy is a choice - but it isn't an easy choice.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Unsolicited Advice Is Always Meddling.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

If you wait for opportunities to occur,
you will be one of the crowd.
- Edward de Bono

The trick is growing up without growing old.
- Casey Stengel

Anger? perhaps there is a better way.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie


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