Quotes and Sayings about Behavior



"The type of fig leaf which each culture employs to cover its social taboos offers a twofold description of its morality. It reveals that certain unacknowledged behavior exists and it suggests the form that such behavior takes."
- Freda Adler
(Related: Morality, Behavior, Culture)

"It is not so for art in appreciation because art is concerned with human behavior. And science is concerned with the behavior of metal or energy. It depends on what the fashion is. Now today it's energy. It's the same soul behind it. The same soul, you see."
- Josef Albers
(Related: Art, Science, Soul, Appreciation, Behavior, Energy, Fashion, Now, Today)

"Many rock musicians are excellent cooks, I've found, and those that are prefer to eat their own cooking in the studio. I encourage this behavior as I also enjoy the benefits of fresh food."
- Steve Albini
(Related: Food, Behavior, Benefits, Cooking, Musicians)

"No matter how hard we might wish, we will not be able to transform China's behavior overnight."
- Madeleine Albright
(Related: Behavior, Will)

"Although our inattention can contribute to our lack of total well-being, we also have the power to choose positive behaviors and responses. In that choice we change our every experience of life!"
- Greg Anderson
(Related: Change, Experience, Power, Positive, Choice)

"I've been trying to avoid goal-oriented behavior."
- Laurie Anderson
(Related: Goal, Behavior, Trying)

"You, I, we all encounter behaviors that we might say, I wouldn't do that. But she has a huge amount of contact with how people live. She sees more hospices and sink estates than most people."
- Prince Andrew
(Related: People)

"For behaviorist films, that's been much more useful - the change of technology - but for my kind of films, doing them on film is much better, because it's more beautiful."
- Michael Apted
(Related: Change, Technology, Film)

"The Boogeyman is your conscience. The Boogeyman is the result of your own bad behavior. I love this Boogeyman."
- Sergio Aragones
(Related: Love, Behavior, Conscience, Result)

"Intelligence agencies keep things secret because they often violate the rule of law or of good behavior."
- Julian Assange
(Related: Intelligence, Behavior, Law)

"I'm always looking, as an actor, for activities. I think it's far more interesting to watch what people do than what they say. You always want to watch behavior, because the dialogue as written by our illustrious leaders is great. Eminently playable."
- Adam Baldwin
(Related: People, Actor, Behavior, Leaders, Want)

"I wanted to be a neurologist. That seemed to be the most difficult, most intriguing, and the most important aspect of medicine, which had links with psychology, aggression, behavior, and human affairs."
- Roger Bannister
(Related: Aggression, Behavior, Medicine, Psychology)

"When I write, I am not giving a lecture, I am speculating on behavior. Sometimes this is dangerous, but it should be. As I say often, theatre is a dark place and we should keep the light out of it."
- Howard Barker
(Related: Behavior, Giving, Light, Theatre)

"I'm still strongly opposed to antismoking laws, strongly opposed to any law that regulates personal behavior."
- John Perry Barlow
(Related: Behavior, Law, Laws)

"Study the public behavior of top stars and you can detect a keen attentiveness to brand value."
- Peter Bart
(Related: Behavior, Public, Stars, Study, Value)

"Still, intuitive assumptions about behavior is only the starting point of systematic analysis, for alone they do not yield many interesting implications."
- Gary Becker
(Related: Behavior, Yield)

"Beauty set up distance between other people and me. It warped their behavior."
- Candice Bergen
(Related: Beauty, People, Behavior)

"A country should be defended not by arms, but by ethical behavior."
- Vinoba Bhave
(Related: Behavior, Country)

"Research has shown time and time again that infants who receive the high-quality child care and early education programs do better in school, have more developed social skills, and display fewer behavior problems."
- Judy Biggert
(Related: Education, Time, Behavior, Care, Problems, Research, School)

"Music is part of us, and either ennobles or degrades our behavior."
- Boethius
(Related: Music, Behavior)

"So obviously, any religion embodies some form of rules and expectations for behavior, and even sometimes consequences, and they don't want to hear any of that."
- Pat Boone
(Related: Religion, Behavior, Consequences, Expectations, Rules, Want)

"All the great legends are Templates for human behavior. I would define a myth as a story that has survived."
- John Boorman
(Related: Behavior, Legends, Myth)

"Convinced that behavior and conduct are every bit as important as skills and expertise, I sought to build the firm into an enduring, values-based institution."
- Marvin Bower
(Related: Values, Behavior, Expertise)

"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?"
- Buddha
(Related: People, Behavior, Man, Woman, World)

"The business schools reward difficult complex behavior more than simple behavior, but simple behavior is more effective."
- Warren Buffett
(Related: Business, Behavior, Reward, Schools)

"It's better to hang out with people better than you. Pick out associates whose behavior is better than yours and you'll drift in that direction."
- Warren Buffett
(Related: People, Behavior, Direction)

"The zeal, bravery, and good behavior of the officers and men on the night of June 30, and during July 1, was commendable in the extreme."
- John Buford
(Related: Men, Behavior, Bravery, Extreme, July, June, Night, Zeal)

"These censorship people think something is going to promote behavior in people."
- Max Cannon
(Related: People, Behavior, Censorship)

"Laws against homosexual behavior should remain on the books."
- Orson Scott Card
(Related: Behavior, Books, Laws)

"When new turns of behavior cease to appear in the life of the individual, its behavior ceases to be intelligent."
- Thomas Carlyle
(Related: Life, Behavior)

"At its best, entertainment is going to be a subjective thing that can't win for everyone, while at worst, a particular game just becomes a random symbol for petty tribal behavior."
- John Carmack
(Related: Behavior, Entertainment, Symbol)

"I hope that there are no persons that would want to think ill of me in any direction or any behavior."
- Diahann Carroll
(Related: Hope, Behavior, Direction, Want)

"The often cruel behavior of Christians toward unbelievers and even toward dissenters among themselves is shocking evidence of the function of that image in relation to values and behavior."
- Carol P. Christ
(Related: Values, Behavior)

"Is it absurd to imagine that our social behavior, from amoeba to man, is also planned and dictated, from stored information, by the cells? And that the time has come for men to be entrusted with the task, through heroic efforts, of bringing life to other worlds?"
- Albert Claude
(Related: Life, Men, Time, Behavior, Information, Man)

"When they tested Fatal Attraction, the audiences were so upset by her behavior, they literally demanded her blood."
- Glenn Close
(Related: Audiences, Behavior, Blood)

"I learned one thing in Watergate: I was well-intentioned but rationalized illegal behavior," he said. "You cannot live your life other than walking in the truth. Your means are as important as your ends."
- Chuck Colson
(Related: Life, Truth, Behavior, Walking)

"Behavior which appears superficially correct but is intrinsically corrupt always irritates those who see below the surface."
- James Bryant Conant
(Related: Behavior)

"I don't always like my own behavior. I haven't known anyone who is perfect all the time."
- Jennifer Connelly
(Related: Time, Behavior)

"We must do all we can to empower parents and communities to protect our youth and to encourage healthy behavior free from binge drinking and other forms of alcohol abuse."
- Jon Corzine
(Related: Abuse, Alcohol, Behavior, Drinking, Parents, Youth)

"No matter how calmly you try to referee, parenting will eventually produce bizarre behavior, and I'm not talking about the kids. Their behavior is always normal."
- Bill Cosby
(Related: Parenting, Behavior, Bizarre, Kids, Talking, Will)

"Public behavior is merely private character writ large."
- Stephen Covey
(Related: Character, Behavior, Public)

"You were saying that once when visiting Yale, you were struck that unlike Pound, Williams's thinking was volatile, I mean, did not stay locked into a pattern of concepts that then defined his subsequent necessary behavior, whereas Pound did."
- Robert Creeley
(Related: Behavior, Saying, Thinking)

"I've had it happen to me before where it turns out that they never had the money and couldn't have made the movie in the first place. And these are the things you have to look for when trying to read the behavior of the people you sit down with."
- Robert Culp
(Related: Money, People, Behavior, First, Trying)

"Spry is not a look, spry is behavior."
- Robert Culp
(Related: Behavior)

"Our morbidly obese federal government needs not just behavior modification but bariatric surgery."
- Mitch Daniels
(Related: Government, Behavior, Needs)

"But you can't show some far off idyllic conception of behavior if you want the kids to come and see the picture. You've got to show what it's really like, and try to reach them on their own grounds."
- James Dean
(Related: Behavior, Kids, Want)

"I think the only choice that will enable us to hold to our vision... is one that abandons the concept of naming enemies and adopts a concept familiar to the nonviolent tradition: naming behavior that is oppressive."
- Barbara Deming
(Related: Vision, Behavior, Choice, Enemies, Will)

"Rational behavior requires theory. Reactive behavior requires only reflex action."
- W. Edwards Deming
(Related: Action, Behavior, Theory)

"People say I make strange choices, but they're not strange for me. My sickness is that I'm fascinated by human behavior, by what's underneath the surface, by the worlds inside people."
- Johnny Depp
(Related: People, Behavior, Choices, Sickness)

"I have always had school sickness, as others have seasickness. I cried when it was time to go back to school long after I was old enough to be ashamed of such behavior."
- Jacques Derrida
(Related: Time, Behavior, Old, School, Sickness)

"Behavior is what a man does, not what he thinks, feels, or believes."
- Emily Dickinson
(Related: Behavior, Man)

"There is in my opinion a great similarity between the problems provided by the mysterious behavior of the atom and those provided by the present economic paradoxes confronting the world."
- Paul Dirac
(Related: Behavior, Opinion, Paradoxes, Present, Problems, World)

"As an actress, it appeals to me because I love the idea of playing those in-between moments, the sort of behavioral stuff that one might not normally see."
- Julia Louis Dreyfus
(Related: Love, Idea, Moments)

"We are the children of our landscape; it dictates behavior and even thought in the measure to which we are responsive to it."
- Lawrence Durrell
(Related: Thought, Behavior, Children, Measure)

"We do not consider patriotism desirable if it contradicts civilized behavior."
- Friedrich Durrenmatt
(Related: Patriotism, Behavior)

"It takes a lot of experience of life to see why some relationships last and others do not. But we do not have to wait for a crisis to get an idea of the future of a particular relationship. Our behavior in little every incidents tells us a great deal."
- Eknath Easwaran
(Related: Experience, Life, Idea, Behavior, Crisis, Future, Relationships)

"Welfare distorts behavior, makes one less personally responsible and reduces the role of private charity. This principle applies to corporate welfare."
- Larry Elder
(Related: Behavior, Charity, Corporate, Welfare)

"I had used eclectic therapy and behavior therapy on myself at the age of 19 to get over my fear of public speaking and of approaching young women in public."
- Albert Ellis
(Related: Age, Women, Fear, Behavior, Public, Public speaking, Therapy)

"I started to call myself a rational therapist in 1955; later I used the term rational emotive. Now I call myself a rational emotive behavior therapist."
- Albert Ellis
(Related: Behavior, Now)

"I truly cannot imagine men with men, women with women, doing what they were not physically created to do, without abnormal stress and misbehavior."
- Jerry Falwell
(Related: Men, Women, Stress)

"The administration has a disturbing pattern of behavior when it comes to budgeting not only for the ongoing operations in Iraq and Afghanistan but also for military requirements not directly related to these conflicts."
- Russ Feingold
(Related: Afghanistan, Behavior, Iraq, Military)

"A second reason why science cannot replace judgement is the behavior of financial markets."
- Martin Feldstein
(Related: Science, Financial, Behavior, Reason)

"I felt that I ostracized myself by my behavior, by the past, by living with all the regrets of my mistakes, that I sort of wore a hair shirt and beat myself up most of the day thinking and regretting why did I make such a mistake? Why have I made so many mistakes?"
- Sarah Ferguson
(Related: Mistake, Behavior, Day, Hair, Living, Mistakes, Past, Thinking)

"The attitude is very important. Because, your behavior radiates how you feel."
- Lou Ferrigno
(Related: Attitude, Behavior)

"You lose your habitual behavior, which allowed you to sort of zone out. You have to be here, you have to be now, you have to be present."
- Sally Field
(Related: Behavior, Now, Present, Zone)

"These are busy times for the Border Patrol, the customs agents, immigration folks; but if we are going to send these agencies to fight a war on drugs, to fight a war against illegal behavior, we have to send them the proper tools."
- Bob Filner
(Related: War, Behavior, Drugs, Fight, Tools)

"When I'm watching somebody act, it's a behavior editorial function - I look at someone act, and I might say, 'I don't believe him when he says that.' I don't know why I don't believe him, probably because the people that I've met, they don't act like that when they say stuff like that and mean it."
- David Fincher
(Related: People, Act, Behavior)

"The strategic adversary is fascism... the fascism in us all, in our heads and in our everyday behavior, the fascism that causes us to love power, to desire the very thing that dominates and exploits us."
- Michel Foucault
(Related: Love, Power, Behavior, Causes, Desire, Fascism)

"I tend to be attracted to characters who are up against a wall with very few alternatives. And the film then becomes an examination of how they cope with very few options. And that's, I guess, what interests me in terms of human behavior."
- William Friedkin
(Related: Behavior, Examination, Film, Options)

"A Code of Honor: Never approach a friend's girlfriend or wife with mischief as your goal. There are just too many women in the world to justify that sort of dishonorable behavior. Unless she's really attractive."
- Bruce Jay Friedman
(Related: Women, Wife, Friend, Girlfriend, Goal, Behavior, World)

"Supply chains cannot tolerate even 24 hours of disruption. So if you lose your place in the supply chain because of wild behavior you could lose a lot. It would be like pouring cement down one of your oil wells."
- Thomas Friedman
(Related: Behavior, Oil)

"Insofar as international law is observed, it provides us with stability and order and with a means of predicting the behavior of those with whom we have reciprocal legal obligations."
- J. William Fulbright
(Related: Legal, Behavior, Law, Order, Stability)

"We've got to put a lot of money into changing behavior."
- Bill Gates
(Related: Money, Behavior)

"To probe for unconscious determinants of behavior and then define a man in their terms exclusively, ignoring his overt behavior altogether, is a greater distortion than ignoring the unconscious completely."
- Willard Gaylin
(Related: Behavior, Man, Unconscious)

"As financial markets continue to broaden and deepen, the behavior of asset prices will play an important role in the formulation of monetary policy going forward, perhaps a more important role than in the past."
- Timothy Geithner
(Related: Policy, Financial, Behavior, Past, Play, Will)

"If you want to change attitudes, start with a change in behavior."
- William Glasser
(Related: Change, Behavior, Want)

"There is a courtesy of the heart; it is allied to love. From its springs the purest courtesy in the outward behavior."
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
(Related: Love, Heart, Behavior, Courtesy)

"Behavior is the mirror in which everyone shows their image."
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
(Related: Behavior)

"I am a data hound and so I usually end up working on whatever things I can find good data on. The rise of Internet commerce completely altered the amount of information you could gather on company behavior so I naturally drifted toward it."
- Austan Goolsbee
(Related: Behavior, Commerce, Company, End, Information, Internet)

"It's a very complex scenario, and certainly Dave was, and is, not the only person in Pearl Jam with personality flaws. Everybody in this band exhibits some form of neurotic behavior. And we couldn't find a balance, a mutual respect for each other."
- Stone Gossard
(Related: Balance, Behavior, Flaws, Personality, Respect)

"I did not want to be a tree, a flower or a wave. In a dancer's body, we as audience must see ourselves, not the imitated behavior of everyday actions, not the phenomenon of nature, not exotic creatures from another planet, but something of the miracle that is a human being."
- Martha Graham
(Related: Nature, Actions, Behavior, Being, Body, Want)

"Some children may need a behavioral approach, whereas other children may need a sensory approach."
- Temple Grandin
(Related: Children, May)

"When you take a drug to treat high blood pressure or diabetes, you have an objective test to measure blood pressure and the amount of sugar in the blood. It is straight-forward. With autism, you are looking for changes in behavior."
- Temple Grandin
(Related: Behavior, Blood, Measure, Pressure)

"If you start using a medication in a person with autism, you should see an obvious improvement in behavior in a short period of time. If you do not see an obvious improvement, they probably should not be taking the stuff. It is that simple."
- Temple Grandin
(Related: Time, Behavior, Improvement, Obvious)

"The squeeze machine is not going to cure anybody, but it may help them relax; and a relaxed person will usually have better behavior."
- Temple Grandin
(Related: Behavior, Cure, Help, Machine, May, Relax, Will)

"As you may know, some of the stereotyped behaviors exhibited by autistic children are also found in zoo animals who are raised in a barren environment."
- Temple Grandin
(Related: Animals, Children, Environment, May)

"To summarize, the particular song a male sings, and the behavioral responses of females to song and morphological signals, are not genetically inherited in a fixed manner but are determined by learning early in life."
- Peter R. Grant
(Related: Life, Learning, Song)

"Almost nothing is known from hybridization studies about the inheritance of courtship behavior of females, or of their responsiveness to particular male signals."
- Peter R. Grant
(Related: Behavior, Courtship, Inheritance, Nothing)

"Males transmit signals in courtship through behavioral displays."
- Peter R. Grant
(Related: Courtship)

"Everyone takes surveys. Whoever makes a statement about human behavior has engaged in a survey of some sort."
- Andrew Greeley
(Related: Behavior)

"Whether or not we believe in survival of consciousness after death, reincarnation, and karma, it has very serious implications for our behavior."
- Stanislav Grof
(Related: Death, Survival, Behavior, Consciousness, Karma, Reincarnation)

"Of course as children, we all, in all cultures and societies, learn behavior from observation, imitation, and encouragement of various kinds. So by the suggestion made, we all 'pretend' most of the time."
- Gary Gygax
(Related: Time, Behavior, Children, Encouragement, Imitation, Observation)

"Racism is taught in our society, it is not automatic. It is learned behavior toward persons with dissimilar physical characteristics."
- Alex Haley
(Related: Society, Behavior, Racism)

"Using the commons as a cesspool does not harm the general public under frontier conditions, because there is no public, the same behavior in a metropolis is unbearable."
- Garrett Hardin
(Related: Behavior, Harm, Public)

"Good behavior is the last refuge of mediocrity."
- Henry S. Haskins
(Related: Behavior, Mediocrity)

"Your desired behavior must become just as much a habit as your undesired behavior was before."
- Mike Hawkins
(Related: Habit, Behavior)

"The essential element of successful strategy is that it derives its success from the differences between competitors with a consequent difference in their behavior."
- Bruce Henderson
(Related: Success, Strategy, Successful, Behavior, Difference)

"I always say centered food equals centered behavior."
- Marilu Henner
(Related: Food, Behavior)

"Testifying has helped me understand that one individual's behavior and actions make a difference. That my actions are important to people other than myself."
- Anita Hill
(Related: People, Actions, Behavior, Difference)

"I thin many people's deviant behavior starts with dreams because dreams are so non-linear... as if there's an assumption that everything has to be linear or has to be plotted."
- Robyn Hitchcock
(Related: Dreams, People, Behavior)

"It won't do away with hierarchy totally, but the principal leader will be the person who most exemplifies the kind of organization and behavior required who is best able to create the conditions such organizations require."
- Dee Hock
(Related: Leader, Behavior, Will)

"We are all serving a life sentence, and good behavior is our only hope for a pardon."
- Douglas Horton
(Related: Life, Hope, Behavior)

"All forms of self-defeating behavior are unseen and unconscious, which is why their existence is denied."
- Vernon Howard
(Related: Behavior, Existence, Self, Unconscious)

"In a single moment, we witnessed the worst of human behavior. And in the next, the very best of human behavior. And even more, we witnessed the tremendous spirit of Americans."
- Jane D. Hull
(Related: Americans, Behavior, Spirit)

"The quality of moral behavior varies in inverse ratio to the number of human beings involved."
- Aldous Huxley
(Related: Quality, Behavior)

"I believe that the human race has developed a form of collective schizophrenia in which we are not only the slaves to this imposed thought behavior, but we are also the police force of it."
- David Icke
(Related: Thought, Behavior, Force, Police, Race)

"The best thing about Sci-Fi, which is my favorite genre, is that there are no rules for behavior. So you can do anything you want."
- Brion James
(Related: Behavior, Favorite, Rules, Want)

"Growing up human is uniquely a matter of social relations rather than biology. What we learn from connections within the family takes the place of instincts that program the behavior of animals; which raises the question, how good are these connections?"
- Elizabeth Janeway
(Related: Family, Animals, Behavior, Growing up, Question)

"It's a required part of your film history to know who Woody is. His movies are so wonderful, and not just funny but so insightful about human behavior."
- Scarlett Johansson
(Related: Funny, History, Movies, Behavior, Film)

"Your behavior is based on your beliefs, and what you do and say, over and over again, helps develop your habits."
- Darren L. Johnson
(Related: Behavior, Beliefs, Habits)

"Mindless habitual behavior is the enemy of innovation."
- Rosabeth Moss Kanter
(Related: Behavior, Enemy, Innovation)

"I see a lot of patterns in our behavior as a nation that parallel a lot of other historical processes."
- Maynard James Keenan
(Related: Behavior, Nation)

"Common sense and history tell you that rewarding illegal behavior will only encourage more of it."
- Ric Keller
(Related: History, Behavior, Common sense, Will)

"It's more along the lines of raising a child: we train the system to a certain range of behaviors that we find most useful. But then we let it go, because we don't want to have to be babysitting it the whole time."
- Kevin Kelly
(Related: Time, Want)

"Terrorism is a psychological warfare. Terrorists try to manipulate us and change our behavior by creating fear, uncertainty, and division in society."
- Patrick J. Kennedy
(Related: Change, Society, Fear, Behavior, Terrorism, Uncertainty)

"The day is not far off when the economic problem will take the back seat where it belongs, and the arena of the heart and the head will be occupied or reoccupied, by our real problems - the problems of life and of human relations, of creation and behavior and religion."
- John Maynard Keynes
(Related: Life, Religion, Heart, Behavior, Creation, Day, Problems, Will)

"Violent behavior exists in one's psychological makeup much deeper than the level that receives information from television or movies."
- Richard King
(Related: Movies, Behavior, Information, Makeup, Television)

"We are the recorders and reporters of facts - not the judges of the behaviors we describe."
- Alfred Kinsey
(Related: Facts, Judges)

"I think you can really tell a good actor if you can put a camera on them and they can just talk and emote and react and you don't have to keep cutting away from them, because they are the language and the behavior. It's all a tour-de-force performance."
- Sally Kirkland
(Related: Performance, Actor, Behavior, Language, Talk)

"I think it's perfectly just to refuse service to anyone based on behavior, but not based on race or religion."
- Dean Koontz
(Related: Religion, Behavior, Race, Service)

"We are coming out of a century that was taught that one way of looking at the world, that one form of behavior, is as valid as another. The idea of true evil has been blown away."
- Dean Koontz
(Related: Idea, Behavior, Evil, World)

"The experience and behavior that gets labeled schizophrenic is a special strategy that a person invents in order to live in an unlivable situation."
- R. D. Laing
(Related: Experience, Strategy, Behavior, Order)

"Human behavior in the midst of hardship caught my attention very early on, and my first stories were all pictures, no words."
- Wally Lamb
(Related: Attention, Behavior, First, Hardship, Words)

"If Baltimore's view, that scientists who do not take the words of authorities are far removed from the ordinary behavior of scientists, prevails in the scientific community, then something fundamental, very serious, and very disturbing is happening to the scientific community."
- Serge Lang
(Related: Behavior, Community, Scientists, Words)

"I object to a legal approach when settling questions of science or scientific behavior."
- Serge Lang
(Related: Legal, Science, Behavior, Questions)

"Making a film of a work you've played for six weeks gives you intimate knowledge of the character. By the time you go in front of the camera you've worked out the behavior and life of a character."
- Linda Lavin
(Related: Life, Time, Work, Knowledge, Character, Behavior, Film)

"There is no such thing as inner peace. There is only nervousness or death. Any attempt to prove otherwise constitutes unacceptable behavior."
- Fran Lebowitz
(Related: Death, Peace, Behavior, Nervousness)

"My heart has been heavy and I have deliberated within my own conscience, knowing that my decision should not come out of my initial emotion of anger toward the President for such reckless behavior, but should be based on the facts."
- Blanche Lincoln
(Related: Anger, Heart, Decision, Behavior, Conscience, Emotion, Facts, President)

"We can only undo the election if the behavior meets the constitutional standard of subverting and threatening our system of government."
- Zoe Lofgren
(Related: Government, Behavior)

"I try as best I can to enter the realm of nuances of human behavior."
- Robert Ludlum
(Related: Behavior)

"My mother wasn't rational those last years; if she had been, she would have been horrified by her own behavior."
- Lorna Luft
(Related: Mother, Behavior, Years)

"To change a habit, make a conscious decision, then act out the new behavior."
- Maxwell Maltz
(Related: Change, Decision, Habit, Act, Behavior)

"The "self-image" is the key to human personality and human behavior. Change the self image and you change the personality and the behavior."
- Maxwell Maltz
(Related: Change, Behavior, Key, Personality, Self)

"But I don't actually adopt the point of view that our subjective impression of free will, which is a kind of indeterminacy behavior, comes from quantum mechanical indeterminacy."
- Murray Gell Mann
(Related: Impression, Behavior, Free will)

"In fact any experiment that measures a quantum effect is one in which the quantum effect is aligned with the behavior of some heavy, macroscopic object; that's how we measure it."
- Murray Gell Mann
(Related: Behavior, Effect, Fact, Measure)

"People's behavior makes sense if you think about it in terms of their goals, needs, and motives."
- Thomas Mann
(Related: People, Goals, Behavior, Motives, Needs, Sense)

"When a society abandons its ideals just because most people can't live up to them, behavior gets very ugly indeed."
- Judith Martin
(Related: Society, People, Behavior, Ideals, Ugly)

"The fact is that people are good, Give people affection and security, and they will give affection and be secure in their feelings and their behavior."
- Abraham Maslow
(Related: People, Feelings, Affection, Behavior, Fact, Security, Will)

"But behavior in the human being is sometimes a defense, a way of concealing motives and thoughts, as language can be a way of hiding your thoughts and preventing communication."
- Abraham Maslow
(Related: Thoughts, Behavior, Being, Communication, Defense, Language, Motives)

"And the program was developed in large part by behavioral scientists who were working with the military, who do everything they possibly can to measure a soldier's stress levels to see how they're doing physically and emotionally, as they go through this program."
- Jane Mayer
(Related: Measure, Military, Scientists, Stress)

"Most of them are doomed to rapid extinction, but a few may make evolutionary inventions, such as physiological, ecological, or behavioral innovations that give these species improved competitive potential."
- Ernst Mayr
(Related: Inventions, May, Potential)

"So at the end of the day, our number 1 goal, our top priority, is to motivate American youngsters to reject the abuse of illegal drugs, tobacco and alcohol. All three of them are illegal behaviors."
- Barry McCaffrey
(Related: Goal, Abuse, Alcohol, American, Day, Drugs, End)

"Being abroad makes you conscious of the whole imitative side of human behavior. The ape in man."
- Mary McCarthy
(Related: Behavior, Being, Man)

"Liberty, as it is conceived by current opinion, has nothing inherent about it; it is a sort of gift or trust bestowed on the individual by the state pending good behavior."
- Mary McCarthy
(Related: Trust, Behavior, Liberty, Nothing, Opinion, State)

"Everybody experiences far more than he understands. Yet it is experience, rather than understanding, that influences behavior."
- Marshall McLuhan
(Related: Experience, Behavior, Understanding)

"Our humanity rests upon a series of learned behaviors, woven together into patterns that are infinitely fragile and never directly inherited."
- Margaret Mead
(Related: Humanity)

"It is an open question whether any behavior based on fear of eternal punishment can be regarded as ethical or should be regarded as merely cowardly."
- Margaret Mead
(Related: Fear, Behavior, Open, Punishment, Question)

"A quick glance at the American left reveals a movement in the midst of a nervous breakdown, displaying behavior that goes beyond inconsistency into the realm of bipolar moods and multiple personality disorders."
- Michael Medved
(Related: American, Behavior, Inconsistency, Moods, Personality, Quick)

"I think we present extreme aspects of human behavior and hopefully get at times, messages across or bring issues to the table or as we so often say, shed light into the dark crevices of human nature."
- Christopher Meloni
(Related: Nature, Behavior, Extreme, Human nature, Light, Present)

"Always imitate the behavior of the winners when you lose."
- George Meredith
(Related: Behavior)

"Other countries, such as Israel, successfully employ behavior detection techniques at their airports, but the bloated, ineffective bureaucracy of TSA has produced another security failure for U.S. transportation systems."
- John Mica
(Related: Failure, Behavior, Bureaucracy, Countries, Israel, Security)

"As long as male behavior is taken to be the norm, there can be no serious questioning of male traits and behavior. A norm is by definition a standard for judging; it is not itself subject to judgment."
- Myriam Miedzian
(Related: Behavior, Judgment, Questioning)

"Being a doctor has taught me a lot about directing. You're doing the same thing: You're reconstructing the manifold of behavior to the point where an audience says, yes, that's exactly like people I know."
- Jonathan Miller
(Related: People, Behavior, Being)

"I spend a lot of my time trying to draw the attention of actors to the minute and subtle details of human behavior, which was the sort of thing I was looking at when I was a neurologist."
- Jonathan Miller
(Related: Time, Actors, Attention, Behavior, Trying)

"We're more sexually repressed than men, having been given a much more strict puritanical code of behavior than men ever have."
- Kate Millett
(Related: Men, Behavior)

"A wise man is superior to any insults which can be put upon him, and the best reply to unseemly behavior is patience and moderation."
- Moliere
(Related: Behavior, Insults, Man, Moderation, Patience)

"It's very difficult in our society. You cannot impose certain behavioral changes. Education can do it at the right time, probably by high school. After that it is too late."
- Luc Montagnier
(Related: Education, Society, Time, Right, School)

"Even from their infancy we frame them to the sports of love: their instruction, behavior, attire, grace, learning and all their words azimuth only at love, respects only affection. Their nurses and their keepers imprint no other thing in them."
- Michel de Montaigne
(Related: Sports, Love, Affection, Behavior, Grace, Learning, Nurses, Words)

"They might object to some of my opinions, but they don't object to my behavior as a judge."
- Roy Moore
(Related: Behavior, Opinions)

"Money is not our primary aim. Changing the behavior and the practice of the gun industry is."
- Marc Morial
(Related: Money, Behavior, Practice)

"I want to apologize to all of the people I have let down because of my behavior which has reflected badly on my family, friends, co-workers, business associates and others."
- Kate Moss
(Related: Business, Family, People, Behavior, Friends, Want)

"Sexual behavior was also generally considered off limits."
- Roger Mudd
(Related: Behavior, Limits)

"Today, children are watching more and more television, and are bombarded over and over with images and content that have the potential to dramatically influence their behavior."
- Tim Murphy
(Related: Behavior, Children, Content, Influence, Potential, Television, Today)

"Our learning ought to be our lives' amendment, and the fruits of our private study ought to appear in our public behavior."
- Thomas Nashe
(Related: Behavior, Learning, Public, Study)

"It is always easier - and usually far more effective - to focus on changing your behavior than on changing the behavior of others."
- Bob Nelson
(Related: Behavior, Focus)

"Americans are making coffee a bigger part of their lives, expanding attitudes and behaviors that are driving new levels of consumption."
- Robert Nelson
(Related: Americans, Coffee, Driving)

"In other words, I wouldn't like to be an actor if I could only be real. I like to get wild, behaviorally wild, and it's crazy to think of any form where it's just one way."
- Jack Nicholson
(Related: Actor, Words)

"Evil is not to be traced back to the individual but to the collective behavior of humanity."
- Reinhold Niebuhr
(Related: Behavior, Evil, Humanity)

"Perhaps it is because cats do not live by human patterns, do not fit themselves into prescribed behavior, that they are so united to creative people."
- Andre Norton
(Related: People, Behavior, Cats, United)

"Certainly the emphasis I place in this chapter on coordination of behavior and cooperation to mutual benefit is something that ought to be very congenial to people in the libertarian tradition."
- Robert Nozick
(Related: People, Behavior, Cooperation, Tradition)

"Public misbehavior by the famous is a powerful teaching tool."
- Bill O'Reilly
(Related: Famous, Public, Teaching)

"I like to think of my behavior in the sixties as a "learning experience." Then again, I like to think of anything stupid I've done as a "learning experience." It makes me feel less stupid."
- P. J. O'Rourke
(Related: Experience, Behavior)

"The proper behavior all through the holiday season is to be drunk. This drunkenness culminates on New Year's Eve, when you get so drunk you kiss the person you're married to."
- P. J. O'Rourke
(Related: Kiss, Behavior, Holiday, New year)

"I established a certain standard of behavior, that, during my playing, there must be no talking."
- Ignacy Jan Paderewski
(Related: Behavior, Talking)

"It is capitalist America that produced the modern independent woman. Never in history have women had more freedom of choice in regard to dress, behavior, career, and sexual orientation."
- Camille Paglia
(Related: History, Women, America, Behavior, Career, Choice, Dress, Freedom, Woman)

"Even in decline, a virtuous man increases the beauty of his behavior. A burning stick, though turned to the ground, has its flame drawn upwards."
- Saskya Pandita
(Related: Beauty, Behavior, Man)

"The mind cannot support moral chaos for long. Men are under as strong a compulsion to invent an ethical setting for their behavior as spiders are to weave themselves webs."
- John Dos Passos
(Related: Men, Behavior, Chaos, Mind, Spiders, Support)

"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."
- Pope Paul VI
(Related: Change, Nature, Power, Science, Behavior, Man, Physics, World, Yield)

"Whenever we seek to avoid the responsibility for our own behavior, we do so by attempting to give that responsibility to some other individual or organization or entity. But this means we then give away our power to that entity."
- M. Scott Peck
(Related: Power, Behavior, Responsibility)

"The difficulty we have in accepting responsibility for our behavior lies in the desire to avoid the pain of the consequences of that behavior."
- M. Scott Peck
(Related: Behavior, Consequences, Desire, Difficulty, Lies, Pain, Responsibility)

"As for me, even though I have been accused of anti-Semitism countless times, no one has ever heard me make anti-Semitic statements or engage in anti-Semitic behavior."
- Jean-Marie Le Pen
(Related: Behavior)

"I think it's going to be a very important, unique data set in terms of measuring the behavior of your lower body in space and trying to figure out what we can do to preserve bone and muscle density."
- John L. Phillips
(Related: Behavior, Body, Space, Trying)

"If language did not affect behavior, it could have no meaning."
- Kenneth L. Pike
(Related: Behavior, Language, Meaning)

"That a society controls, to a greater or lesser extent, the behavior of its members is a universal; but the methods, the particulars of that control, vary from one culture to another."
- Kenneth L. Pike
(Related: Society, Control, Behavior, Culture)

"Normal social behavior requires that we be able to recognize identities in spite of change. Unless we can do so, there can be no human society as we know it."
- Kenneth L. Pike
(Related: Society, Change, Behavior)

"Language is not merely a set of unrelated sounds, clauses, rules, and meanings; it is a total coherent system of these integrating with each other, and with behavior, context, universe of discourse, and observer perspective."
- Kenneth L. Pike
(Related: Behavior, Language, Perspective, Rules, Universe)

"Human behavior flows from three main sources: desire, emotion, and knowledge."
- Plato
(Related: Knowledge, Behavior, Desire, Emotion)

"There was no difference between the behavior of a god and the operations of pure chance."
- Thomas Pynchon
(Related: God, Behavior, Chance, Difference)

"I think that Americans should gradually begin to adopt positive behavior rather than doing evil. They should not expect an immediate reaction in return for their positive measures. It will take time."
- Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani
(Related: Time, Positive, Americans, Behavior, Evil, Will)

"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."
- Ayn Rand
(Related: Control, Animals, Behavior, Learning, Man, May, Plants)

"So to hope to be able to have peace, to be able to have justice and environmental balance, are consequences of our behavior, not just our intentions."
- Godfrey Reggio
(Related: Environmental, Peace, Hope, Balance, Behavior, Consequences, Intentions, Justice)

"Most good actors have a huge intelligence about the human condition and a real open heart to different kinds of people and behavior."
- Tim Robbins
(Related: Intelligence, People, Heart, Actors, Behavior, Open)

"The truth is that we can learn to condition our minds, bodies, and emotions to link pain or pleasure to whatever we choose. By changing what we link pain and pleasure to, we will instantly change our behaviors."
- Tony Robbins
(Related: Change, Truth, Emotions, Pain, Pleasure, Will)

"Perfect behavior is born of complete indifference."
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld
(Related: Behavior, Indifference)

"Which, the first meeting with anybody is, you know, everybody is on their best behavior. It's only after you get to know them for a while that you figure out."
- Arthur Rock
(Related: Behavior, First, Meeting)

"Campaign behavior for wives: Always be on time. Do as little talking as humanly possible. Lean back in the parade car so everybody can see the president."
- Eleanor Roosevelt
(Related: Car, Time, Behavior, President, Talking)

"The orbs create feedback loops that can influence either personal of employee behavior."
- David Rose
(Related: Behavior, Influence)

"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 Rosen
(Related: Acting, Dogs, End, Will)

"So one of the most unique things on screen in American movies today is everyday behavior."
- Alan Rudolph
(Related: Movies, American, Behavior, Today)

"The biological factors underlying race differences in sports have consequences for educational achievement, crime and sexual behavior."
- J. Philippe Rushton
(Related: Sports, Achievement, Behavior, Consequences, Crime, Race)

"Each race (or variety) is characterized by a more or less distinct combination of inherited morphological, behavioral, physiological traits."
- J. Philippe Rushton
(Related: Race)

"When you're the victim of the behavior, it's black and white; when you're the perpetrator, there are a million shades of gray."
- Laura Schlessinger
(Related: Behavior)

"It is with great disappointment that I call on Representative Anthony Weiner to resign. The behavior he has exhibited is indefensible and Representative Weiner's continued service in Congress is untenable."
- Debbie Wasserman Schultz
(Related: Behavior, Congress, Disappointment, Service)

"Genocide is an attempt to exterminate a people, not to alter their behavior."
- Jack Schwartz
(Related: People, Behavior, Genocide)

"To understand why dictators have a problem with making peace - or at least a genuine peace - the link between the nature of a regime and its external behavior must be understood."
- Natan Sharansky
(Related: Nature, Peace, Behavior, Dictators)

"To reject even one major tenet of the religion or to violate one major rule of behavior is enough to get one kicked out - or worse."
- Robert Shea
(Related: Religion, Behavior)

"Anything that changes your values changes your behavior."
- George A. Sheehan
(Related: Values, Behavior)

"We must not demonstrate any arrogance, and we must refrain from any irrational or undemocratic behavior."
- Chen Shui-bian
(Related: Arrogance, Behavior)

"But some actors I have met possess an intelligence that I can only dream of. It's about character, it's about behavior. They understand things about people that I simply don't see."
- Ron Silver
(Related: Intelligence, People, Dream, Character, Actors, Behavior)

"You have to think an awful lot about your motivations or people's behavioral intentions or what their body language can indicate or what's really going on or what makes people sometimes do, sometimes, the irrational things they do."
- Ron Silver
(Related: People, Body, Intentions, Language)

"Human beings, viewed as behaving systems, are quite simple. The apparent complexity of our behavior over time is largely a reflection of the complexity of the environment in which we find ourselves."
- Herbert Simon
(Related: Time, Behavior, Complexity, Environment, Reflection)

"Well, what is acting but the study of human behavior? And that's so fascinating to me."
- Amy Smart
(Related: Acting, Behavior, Study)

"Our names are labels, plainly printed on the bottled essence of our past behavior."
- Logan P. Smith
(Related: Behavior, Names, Past)

"The behavior of men to the lower animals, and their behavior to each other, bear a constant relationship."
- Herbert Spencer
(Related: Men, Animals, Behavior)

"We can't just have mainstream behavior on television in a free society, we have to make sure we see the whole panorama of human behavior."
- Jerry Springer
(Related: Society, Behavior, Television)

"For the president to resign now would be wrong. President Clinton may have debased himself with his behavior, but we shouldn't debase the office with an impulsive overreaction."
- George Stephanopoulos
(Related: Behavior, May, Now, Office, President, Wrong)

"The delicate and intricate pattern of competition and cooperation in the economic behavior of the hundreds of thousands of citizens of Stockholm offers a challenge to the economist that is perhaps as complex as the challenges of the physicist and the chemist."
- George Stigler
(Related: Behavior, Challenge, Competition, Cooperation)

"I like analyzing human behavior. It's complex. That's what keeps me going."
- Julia Stiles
(Related: Behavior)

"People don't change their behavior unless it makes a difference for them to do so."
- Sharon Stone
(Related: Change, People, Behavior, Difference)

"My mother moved abroad when I was 11, my dad wasn't around from the time that I was a baby, so I was not the product of a family, but a product of observation - of watching what went on around me, of watching who I liked, what I didn't like, what I thought was good behavior and what I thought was bad behavior and tailoring myself accordingly."
- Mark Strong
(Related: Dad, Time, Family, Mother, Thought, Baby, Behavior, Observation)

"Today's society will ignore almost any form of public behavior except getting in the express line with two extra items."
- Paul Sweeney
(Related: Society, Behavior, Public, Today, Will)

"The most perfect expression of human behavior is a string quartet."
- Jeffrey Tate
(Related: Behavior, Expression)

"Many working mothers feel guilty about not being at home. And when they are there, they wish it could be perfect. This pressure to make every minute happy puts working parents in a bind when it comes to setting limits and modifying behavior."
- Cathy Rindner Tempelsman
(Related: Home, Behavior, Being, Limits, Mothers, Parents, Pressure)

"Behaviors are a choice. Feelings are sometimes out of our control. Behavior has to do with choices."
- Randall Terry
(Related: Feelings, Control, Behavior, Choice, Choices)

"Most of the Ten Commandments are negative. The purpose of law is not to mandate good behavior. That concept comes from the French Revolution."
- Randall Terry
(Related: Negative, Purpose, Behavior, Revolution, Law)

"We must consider the distinctive characters and the general nature of plants from the point of view of their morphology , their behavior under external conditions, their mode of generation, and the whole course of their life."
- Theophrastus
(Related: Life, Nature, Behavior, Plants)

"While there have been terrific advances in the state of technology around heuristics, behavior blocking, and things like that, technology is only a part of the approach to solving the problem with the more important aspect involving putting the right process in place."
- John W. Thompson
(Related: Technology, Behavior, Right, State)

"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
(Related: Life, Behavior, Concern, states)

"Psychology is the science of the intellects, characters and behavior of animals including man."
- Edward Thorndike
(Related: Science, Animals, Behavior, Man, Psychology)

"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
(Related: Education, Men, Behavior, Being, Problems)

"Eccentric behavior is not routinely noticed around a movie set."
- Gene Tierney
(Related: Behavior)

"You won't get sued for anticompetitive behavior."
- Linus Torvalds
(Related: Behavior)

"The contradictions are what make human behavior so maddening and yet so fascinating, all at the same time."
- Joan D. Vinge
(Related: Time, Behavior)

"My theory was that what I had to do was make a study of human behavior."
- A. E. van Vogt
(Related: Behavior, Study, Theory)

"Generally, cars were not built to sit on dealer lots. It encourages the wrong kind of behavior in the whole system."
- Rick Wagoner
(Related: Behavior, Wrong)

"Desperate? That can be a justification for all kinds of behavior."
- Jessica Walter
(Related: Behavior, Justification)

"Parents should monitor their behavior, know who their friends are, and keep track of what they do."
- John Walters
(Related: Behavior, Friends, Parents)

"If I have a question about women and their behavior or attitudes, I always double check things with Lucy."
- Rob Walton
(Related: Women, Behavior, Question)

"You can't legislate or litigate good, healthy behavior but we must be willing to educate people at an early age about the affects of unhealthy living."
- Zack Wamp
(Related: Age, People, Behavior, Living)

"It is difficult to imagine how any behavior in the presence of another person can avoid being a communication of one's own view of the nature of one's relationship with that person and how it can fail to influence that person."
- Paul Watzlawick
(Related: Nature, Behavior, Being, Communication, Influence)

"Science attempts to analyze how things and people and animals behave; it has no concern whether this behavior is good or bad, is purposeful or not. But religion is precisely the quest for such answers: whether an act is right or wrong, good or bad, and why."
- Warren Weaver
(Related: Religion, Science, People, Act, Animals, Behavior, Concern, Quest, Right, Wrong)

"Aggression is the most common behavior used by many organizations, a nearly invisible medium that influences all decisions and actions."
- Margaret J. Wheatley
(Related: Actions, Aggression, Behavior, Decisions)

"But in due course it became evident that not only a physical situation qua physics, but the meaning of that situation to people, was sometimes a factor, through the behavior of people, in the start of a fire."
- Benjamin Whorf
(Related: People, Behavior, Fire, Meaning, Physics)

"A lot of comic actors derive their main force from childish behavior. Most great comics are doing such silly things; you'd say, 'That's what a child would do.'"
- Gene Wilder
(Related: Actors, Behavior, Force, Silly)

"A very Faustian choice is upon us: whether to accept our corrosive and risky behavior as the unavoidable price of population and economic growth, or to take stock of ourselves and search for a new environmental ethic."
- E. O. Wilson
(Related: Environmental, Growth, Behavior, Choice, Population)

"The Bible tells us to be like God, and then on page after page it describes God as a mass murderer. This may be the single most important key to the political behavior of Western Civilization."
- Robert Anton Wilson
(Related: God, Civilization, Bible, Behavior, Key, May)

"With animal behavior, they're all fine until you introduce some rogue element into the cage, and then they go crazy."
- Jeanette Winterson
(Related: Behavior)

"The common behavior of mankind is the system of reference by means of which we interpret an unknown language."
- Ludwig Wittgenstein
(Related: Behavior, Language, Mankind)

"For many my behavior has been a major disappointment, my behavior has caused considerable worry to my business partners, and everyone involved in my business, but most importantly to the young people we influence, I apologize."
- Tiger Woods
(Related: Business, People, Behavior, Disappointment, Influence, Worry)

"Government is an unnecessary evil. Human beings, when accustomed to taking responsibility for their own behavior, can cooperate on a basis of mutual trust and helpfulness."
- Fred Woodworth
(Related: Government, Trust, Behavior, Evil, Helpfulness, Responsibility)

"When we learn new behaviors and break through to higher levels of consciousness and love, we can fulfill the deeper spiritual hunger within."
- Judith Wright
(Related: Love, Consciousness, Hunger, Spiritual)

"A lot of the interesting issues and dynamics within a city occur over things such as socio-economic issues or ethnic issues. But they require a much more elaborate model of human behavior."
- Will Wright
(Related: Behavior)

"'m really proud of it. To me, it's a movie about character behavior and the pecking order of the pack, as well as the central character's massive survival guilt."
- Dwight Yoakam
(Related: Character, Survival, Behavior, Guilt, Order)

"I particularly don't want to play unmotivated behavior."
- Michael Zaslow
(Related: Behavior, Play, Want)

"Situational variables can exert powerful influences over human behavior, more so that we recognize or acknowledge."
- Philip Zimbardo
(Related: Behavior)

"Time perspective is one of the most powerful influences on all of human behavior. We're trying to show how people become biased to being exclusively past-, present- or future-oriented."
- Philip Zimbardo
(Related: Time, People, Behavior, Being, Future, Past, Perspective, Present, Trying)

"Human behavior is incredibly pliable, plastic."
- Philip Zimbardo
(Related: Behavior)

"The civilizing process has increased the distance between behavior and the impulse life of the animal body."
- Shoshana Zuboff
(Related: Life, Behavior, Body)

"Samurai culture did exist really, for hundreds of years and the notion of people trying to create some sort of a moral code, the idea that there existed certain behaviors that could be celebrated and that could be operative in a life."
- Edward Zwick
(Related: Life, People, Idea, Culture, Trying, Years)