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Quotes About Behavior

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“Guys always think tears are a sign of weakness. They’re a sign of FRUSTRATION. She’s only crying so she won’t cut your throat in your sleep. So make nice and be grateful.”
Donna Barr

Paulo Coelho
“Because you believed I was capable of behaving decently, I did.”
Paulo Coelho, The Devil and Miss Prym

Nora Ephron
“Whatever you choose, however many roads you travel, I hope that you choose not to be a lady. I hope you will find some way to break the rules and make a little trouble out there. And I also hope that you will choose to make some of that trouble on behalf of women."

[Commencement Address, Wellesley College, 1996]”
Nora Ephron

Carl Sagan
“Humans — who enslave, castrate, experiment on, and fillet other animals — have had an understandable penchant for pretending animals do not feel pain. A sharp distinction between humans and 'animals' is essential if we are to bend them to our will, make them work for us, wear them, eat them — without any disquieting tinges of guilt or regret. It is unseemly of us, who often behave so unfeelingly toward other animals, to contend that only humans can suffer. The behavior of other animals renders such pretensions specious. They are just too much like us.”
Carl Sagan

J.R.R. Tolkien
“Handsome is as handsome does”
J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring

Anna Godbersen
“Girls," their mother interjected, "you must both stop being strange - it is unattractive. And don't forget your hats. It would be absolutely the end for me if you two came down with freckles at a time like this.”
Anna Godbersen, The Luxe

Jillian Michaels
“Sometimes people will hear you and be able to change their behavior, but often their behavior has more to do with their own need for approval than with your need for support. No matter what their response, you need to be firm and hold your ground. At the end of the day, your health is your responsibility.”
Jillian Michaels, Winning by Losing: Drop the Weight, Change Your Life

Malcolm Gladwell
“Cultural legacies are powerful forces. They have deep roots and long lives. They persist, generation after generation, virtually intact, even as the economic and social and demographic conditions that spawned them have vanished, and they play such a role in directing attitudes and behavior that we cannot make sense of our world without them.”
Malcolm Gladwell, Outliers: The Story of Success

Henry Miller
“We create our fate every day . . . most of the ills we suffer from are directly traceable to our own behavior.”
Henry Miller

Jeff Kinney
“So I've started wearing sweatpants to bed because I really don't need Santa seeing me in my underwear.”
Jeff Kinney, Cabin Fever

O.R. Melling
“We considered behaving, but it's against our nature.”
O.R. Melling, The Book of Dreams

Thomas Pynchon
“All the animals, the plants, the minerals, even other kinds of men, are being broken and reassembled every day, to preserve an elite few, who are the loudest to theorize on freedom, but the least free of all.”
Thomas Pynchon, Gravity's Rainbow

Gabor Maté
“It is impossible to understand addiction without asking what relief the addict finds, or hopes to find, in the drug or the addictive behaviour.”
Gabor Maté, In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters with Addiction

Philip G. Zimbardo
“If you put good apples into a bad situation, you’ll get bad apples.”
Philip G. Zimbardo

Garrison Keillor
“It is a sin to believe evil of others but it is seldom a mistake.”
Garrison Keillor

P.J. O'Rourke
“The weirder you're going to behave, the more normal you should look. It works in reverse, too. When I see a kid with three or four rings in his nose, I know there is absolutely nothing extraordinary about that person.”
P.J. O'Rourke

Jacqueline Carey
“I can see patterns in events, and behaviors; in mathematics, I follow slower”
Jacqueline Carey, Kushiel's Chosen

Oscar Wilde
“Lady Bracknell. Good afternoon, dear Algernon, I hope you are behaving very well.

Algernon. I’m feeling very well, Aunt Augusta.

Lady Bracknell. That’s not quite the same thing. In fact the two things rarely go together.”
Oscar Wilde, The Importance of Being Earnest

J.D. Stroube
“It wasn’t that she necessarily wanted to “socialize” at the bonfire, but she wanted to broadcast to the general population that her antisocial behavior was a personal choice not a sentence to social leprosy.”
J.D. Stroube, Caged in Darkness

Mildred Armstrong Kalish
“Without knowing it, the adults in our lives practiced a most productive kind of behavior modification. After our chores and household duties were done we were give "permission" to read. In other words, our elders positioned reading as a privilege - a much sought-after prize, granted only to those goodhardworkers who earned it. How clever of them.”
Mildred Armstrong Kalish, Little Heathens: Hard Times and High Spirits on an Iowa Farm During the Great Depression

C.S. Lewis
“When you are behaving as if you loved someone, you will presently come to love him. If you injure someone you dislike, you will find yourself disliking him more. If you do him a good turn, you will find yourself disliking him less.”
C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity

Boyd K. Packer
“The study of doctrine and the teaching of doctrine will change behavior more than the study of behavior will change behavior.”
Boyd K. Packer

Arthur C. Clarke
“Excessive interest in pathological behavior was itself pathological”
Arthur C. Clarke, 3001: The Final Odyssey

Criss Jami
“If you're capable of despising your own behavior, you might just love yourself.”
Criss Jami, Killosophy

Hal Herzog
“The inconsistencies that haunt our relationships with animals also result from the quirks of human cognition. We like to think of ourselves as the rational species. But research in cognitive psychology and behavioral economics shows that our thinking and behavior are often completely illogical. In one study, for example, groups of people were independently asked how much they would give to prevent waterfowl from being killed in polluted oil ponds. On average, the subjects said they would pay $80 to save 2,000 birds, $78 to save 20,000 birds, and $88 to save 200,000 birds. Sometimes animals act more logically than people do; a recent study found that when picking a new home, the decisions of ant colonies were more rational than those of human house-hunters.
What is it about human psychology that makes it so difficult for us to think consistently about animals? The paradoxes that plague our interactions with other species are due to the fact that much of our thinking is a mire of instinct, learning, language, culture, intuition, and our reliance on mental shortcuts.”
Hal Herzog, Some We Love, Some We Hate, Some We Eat: Why It's So Hard to Think Straight About Animals

Catherynne M. Valente
“You only had to choose which me to talk to, for, you know, we all change our manners, depending on who has come to chat. One doesn’t behave at all the same way to a grandfather as to a bosom friend, to a professor as to a curious niece.”
Catherynne M. Valente, The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland and Led the Revels There

Jane Austen
“...the pleasantness of an employment does not always evince its propriety.”
Jane Austen, Sense and Sensibility

Josh Stern
“I've always been a poor sport and a sore loser...any other behavior might encourage a repeat performance”
Josh Stern, And That’s Why I’m Single

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