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Edward Thorndike Quotes and Sayings
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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 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

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

 

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

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

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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Intellectual growth should commence at birth
and cease only at death.
- Albert Einstein

The intellect is a cold thing
and a merely intellectual idea
will never stimulate thought
in the same manner that a spiritual idea does.
- Ernest Holmes

God is a metaphor for that which transcends
all levels of intellectual thought.
It's as simple as that.
- Joseph Campbell

Our family life was certainly not intellectual.
- Douglass North

The forces that are driving mankind toward unity and
peace are deep-seated and powerful.
They are material and natural, as well as moral and intellectual.
- Arthur Henderson

The march of science and technology does not imply
growing intellectual complexity in the lives of most people.
It often means the opposite.
- Thomas Sowell

An intellectual is someone whose mind watches itself.
- Albert Camus

People disparage knowing and the intellectual life,
and urge doing.
I am content with knowing, if only I could know.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

The avoidance of taxes is the only intellectual pursuit
that still carries any reward.
- John Maynard Keynes

Those who desire to rise as high as our human condition allows,
must renounce intellectual pride, the omnipotence of clear thinking,
belief in the absolute power of logic.
- Alexis Carrel

Wit - the salt with which the American humorist spoils
his intellectual cookery by leaving it out.
- Ambrose Bierce

To be wholly devoted to some intellectual exercise
is to have succeeded in life.
- Robert Louis Stevenson

Mad, adj.
Affected with a high degree of intellectual independence.
- Ambrose Bierce

Being an intellectual creates a lot of questions and no answers.
- Janis Joplin

Law is vulnerable to the winds of intellectual or moral fashion,
which it then validates as the commands of our most basic concept.
- Robert Bork

Although I was not aware of it at the time,
the experience of growing up during the Great Depression
was to have a profound impact on my intellectual and professional career.
- Lawrence R. Klein

People tend not to use this word beauty because it's not intellectual -
but there has to be an overlap between beauty and intellect.
- Tadao Ando

Intellectual comradeship requires that you think your
thoughts through to the place where you can make the complex seem simple,
the obscure quite clear.
- David Seabury

The few bright meteors in man's intellectual horizon
could well be matched by women,
were she allowed to occupy the same elevated position.
- Ernestine Rose

The questions of philosophy proper are human desires
and fears and aspirations -
human emotions -
taking an intellectual form.
- Chauncey Wright

What we call National-Socialism is the poisonous perversion
of ideas which have a long history in German intellectual life.
- Thomas Mann

Investors should start with a view of skepticism.
They should become intellectual investors rather than emotional investors.
They should be careful, and they should be skeptical.
- Arthur Levitt

Linux is a cancer that attaches itself in an intellectual
property sense to everything it touches.
- Steve Ballmer

Christianity is the greatest intellectual system the
mind of man has ever touched.
- Francis Schaeffer

The true traveller is the one urged to move about for physical,
aesthetic, intellectual as well as spiritual reasons.
- Ella Maillart

I've never been an intellectual but I have this look.
- Woody Allen

I wanted to do something far from my intellectual and physical home,
so I went to live in Beijing for eight months and took Mandarin Chinese.
- Mira Sorvino

Yeah, the New York Times is very intellectual and very,
very prestigious, but it doesn't reach the market that People magazine does.
- Edward James Olmos

The colour of the skin is in no way connected with
strength of the mind or intellectual powers.
- Benjamin Banneker

Interpretation is the revenge of the intellectual upon art.
- Susan Sontag

Intellectual property is an important legal and cultural issue.
Society as a whole has complex issues to face here:
private ownership vs. open source, and so on.
- Tim Berners-Lee

The intellectual architecture means focusing on doing
great work instead of focusing on agency politics.
- Jay Chiat

Humor is perhaps a sense of intellectual perspective:
an awareness that some things are really important,
others not; and that the two kinds are most oddly jumbled in everyday affairs.
- Christopher Morley

We really want to see how the idea of an intellectual
action movie is received by the world.
- Larry Wachowski

To label me an intellectual is a misunderstanding of what that is.
- Dick Cavett

We bring together the best ideas - turning the meetings
of our top managers into intellectual orgies.
- Jack Welch

Tennis doesn't encourage any kind of intellectual development.
- Jim Courier

No great intellectual thing was ever done by great effort.
- Theodore Roosevelt

The delusions of self-love cannot be prevented,
but intellectual misconceptions as to the means of
achieving success may be corrected.
- George Henry Lewes

I suppose one has a greater sense of intellectual degradation
after an interview with a doctor than from any human experience.
- Alice James

Intellectual honesty is the quality that the public
in free countries always has expected of historians;
much more than that it does not expect,
nor often get.
- Samuel E. Morison

Cynicism is intellectual treason.
- Norman Cousins

I was not naturally intellectual, but somebody whose
interest had to be whetted,
still the case sadly.
- Jeremy Irons

I try to be feminine, yet intellectual and smart at the same time.
You don't see enough of that.
- Portia de Rossi

I'm not known for my intellectual range and tricks have been played on me.
- William Sanderson

The teacher who would be true to his mission and accomplish the most good,
must give prominence to moral as well as intellectual instruction.
- Sheldon Jackson


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