behavior Quotes

67 of the best book quotes about behavior
  1. #1
    “There are only the pursued, the pursuing, the busy and the tired.”
  2. #2
    “Human beings can be awful cruel to one another.”
  3. #3
    “Who has not, a hundred times, found himself committing a vile or a silly action for no other reason than because he knows he should not?”
  4. #4
    “True, nervous, very, very dreadfully nervous I had been and am, but why will say that I am mad?! The disease had sharpened my senses, not destroyed, not dulled them. Above all was the sense of hearing acute.”
  5. #5
    ″As human beings, we are responsible for our own lives. Our behavior is a function of our decisions, not our conditions. We can subordinate feelings to values. We have the initiative and the responsibility to make things happen.″
  6. #6
    Grown men, he told himself, in flat contradiction of centuries of accumulated evidence about the way grown men behave, do not behave like this.
  7. #7
    “A toxically shamed person has an adversarial relationship with himself. Toxic shame — the shame that binds us — is the basis for both neurotic and character disordered syndromes of behavior.”
  8. #8
    “Neurotic shame is the root and fuel of all compulsive/addictive behaviors.”
  9. #9
    “Obviously, as an adult I realize this girl-on-girl sabotage is the third worst kind of female behavior, right behind saying ‘like’ all the time and leaving your baby in a dumpster.”
  1. #10
    “You can’t help what you feel, but you can help how you behave.”
  2. #11
    “We spend too much time teaching girls to worry about what boys think of them. But the reverse is not the case. We don’t teach boys to care about being likeable.”
  3. #12
    “The great secret, Eliza, is not having bad manners or good manners or any other particular sort of manners, but having the same manner for all human souls: in short, behaving as if you were in Heaven, where there are no third-class carriages, and one soul is as good as another.”
  4. #13
    “She’s kind of like a baby. She didn’t know she was supposed to grow up, and that makes her more fun than other grown-up people.”
  5. #14
    “The difference between a lady and a flower girl is not how she behaves, but how she’s treated.”
  6. #15
    “Morality cannot be legislated, but behavior can be regulated. Judicial decrees may not change the heart, but they can restrain the heartless. The law cannot make an employer love an employee, but it can prevent him from refusing to hire me because of the color of my skin.”
  7. #16
    “Things happen to people by accident … A lot of nice accidents have happened to me. It just happened that I always liked lessons and books, and could remember things when I learned them. It just happened that I was born with a father who was beautiful and nice and clever, and could give me everything I liked.
    Perhaps I have not really a good temper at all, but if you have everything you want and everyone is kind to you, how can you help but be good-tempered? I don’t know … how I shall ever find out whether I am really a nice child or a horrid one. Perhaps I’m a hideous child, and no one will ever know, just because I never have any trials.”
  8. #17
    “There is so much good in the worst of us, and so much bad in the best of us, that it ill behaves any of us to find fault with the rest of us.”
  9. #18
    “We shall all have to be judged according to our works, whether they be towards man or towards beast.”
  1. #19
    “It’s impossible to undo fifteen or twenty years of learned behavior with a mother in only a few months. If it takes nine months to bring a life into this world, what makes us think we can let go of someone in less?”
  2. #20
    “The people had done it so many times that they only half listened to the directions; most of them were quiet, wetting their lips, not looking around.”
  3. #21
    “If I could tell my colleagues in the media four things, they would be: 1.Everyone hates you. 2.No one is afraid of you. 3.No one believes what you say. 4.Nobody owes you anything. If every journalist in America realized those four things, their behavior would transform overnight, immeasurably for the better.”
  4. #22
    “Gottman, it turns out, can teach us a great deal about the critical part of rapid cognition known as thin-slicing. Thin slicing refers to the ability of our unconscious to find patterns in situations and behavior based on very narrow slices of experience.”
  5. #23
    “Kinds of behavior that work in a specialized environment, such as a prison, can fail to work and in fact become harmful when used outside such an environment.”
  6. #24
    “Would you say you behave differently when you know you’re being watched?”
  7. #25
    “Age is just a number, not a state of mind or a reason for any type of particular behaviour.”
  8. #26
    “Let your need guide your behavior.”
  9. #27
    “I hope she’ll be a fool—that’s the best thing a girl can be in this world, a beautiful little fool.”
  1. #28
    “That’s my Middle West . . . the street lamps and sleigh bells in the frosty dark. . . . I see now that this has been a story of the West, after all—Tom and Gatsby, Daisy and Jordan and I, were all Westerners, and perhaps we possessed some deficiency in common which made us subtly unadaptable to Eastern life.”
  2. #29
    “If personality is an unbroken series of successful gestures, then there was something gorgeous about him.”
  3. #30
    “The average man don’t like trouble and danger.”
  4. #31
    “He was sunshine most always-I mean he made it seem like good weather.”
  5. #32
    “All kings is mostly rapscallions, as fur as I can make out.”
  6. #33
    “You ought never to “sass” old people—unless they “sass” you first.”
  7. #34
    “Nothing so needs reforming as other people’s habits.”
  8. #35
    “That’s just the way: a person does a low-down thing, and then he don’t want to take no consequences of it. Thinks as long as he can hide it, it ain’t no disgrace. That was my fix exactly.”
  9. #36
    “When we Christians behave badly, or fail to behave well, we are making Christianity unbelievable to the outside world.”
  1. #37
    “What struck me – with her and with many other female American friends I have – is how invested they are in being ‘liked’. How they have been raised to believe that their being likeable is very important and that this ‘likeable’ trait is a specific thing. And that specific thing does not include showing anger or being aggressive or disagreeing too loudly.”
  2. #38
    “[Benjamin Franklin]identified thirteen virtues he wanted to cultivate--temperance, silence, order, resolution, frugality, industry, sincerity, justice, moderation, cleanliness, tranquility, chastity and humility--and made a chart with those virtues plotted against the days of the week. Each day, Franklin would score himself on whether he practiced those thirteen virtues.”
  3. #39
    I always deserve the best treatment, because I never put up with any other.
    Jane Austen
    Emma Woodhouse
  4. #40
    The Herdmans were absolutely the worst kids in the history of the world. They lied and stole and smoked cigars (even the girls) and talked dirty and hit little kids and cussed their teachers and took the name of the Lord in vain and set fire to Fred Shoemaker’s old broken-down toolhouse.
  5. #41
    “If they strain me up tight, why, let ‘em look out! I can’t bear it, and I won’t.”
  6. #42
    “If we could act a little more according to common sense, and a good deal less according to fashion, we should find many things work easier.”
  7. #43
    “My behavior is nonetheless, deplorable. Unfortunately, I’m quite prone to such bouts of deplorability--take for instance, my fondness for reading books at the dinner table.”
  8. #44
    “Men rarely see their own actions as unjustified.”
  9. #45
    “If you’re always on time, it implies that you never have anything better you should be doing.”
  1. #46
    “Let’s enjoy the beautiful things we can see, my dear, and not think about those we cannot.”
  2. #47
    “Ah, love may be strong, but a habit is stronger,
    And I knew when I loved by the way I behaved.”
  3. #48
    “Among other things, you’ll find that you’re not the first person who was ever confused and frightened and even sickened by human behavior. You’re by no means alone on that score, you’ll be excited and stimulated to know. Many, many men have been just as troubled morally and spiritually as you are right now. Happily, some of them kept records of their troubles. You’ll learn from them—if you want to. Just as someday, if you have something to offer, someone will learn something from you. It’s a beautiful reciprocal arrangement. And it isn’t education. It’s history. It’s poetry.”
  4. #49
    We don’t have to be embarrassed if someone we love chooses to behave inappropriately.
  5. #50
    Each person is responsible for his or her behavior.
  6. #51
    “He’s so well brought up. I can tell just by looking at how he behaves during dinner. Such lovely manners, and he always offers me the best part of the meat, like the fish cheek or the juiciest piece of duck.”
  7. #52
    “Well, you really are your own worst critic. I’m sure it’s amazing. I remember that paper that you wrote in school about synaptic behavioral routines. It made me cry.”
  8. #53
    “Love can be a tremendous deterrent to destructive behavior; it gives the individual the support she needs to change her life.”
  9. #54
    “But eventually you will find you return to your original behavior and attitudes. This is because your life is determined, insofar as it is a law of nature for you, to take the path of least resistance.”

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  1. #55
    “Suddenly, a new image had risen up before me, a lofty and cherished image. And no need, no urge was as deep or as fervent within me as the craving to worship and admire. I gave her the name Beatrice….”
  2. #56
    “To get along with God, consider the consequences of your behavior”
  3. #57
    “A biological conscience is better than no conscience at all”
  4. #58
    “Actually, I am a failed anorexic. I have anorexic thinking, but I can’t seem to muster the behavior”
  5. #60
    “There is always a good fit when parents accept their children for who they are. (...) A good fit is a family and school environment that supports and encourages a child’s natural way of behaving.”
  6. #61
    “Realize that your child’s unusual behaviors are not your fault and not your child’s fault. Highly sensitive children are not being difficult on purpose.”
  7. #62
    “Loving behaviour nourishes your emotional well-being. When someone is being loving to you, you feel accepted, cared for, valued, and respected. Genuine love creates feelings of warmth, pleasure, safety, stability, and inner peace.”
  8. #63
    “Perhaps I am pretentious in saying so, but I would like to think that I am not “many men,” and that I dinna necessarily place my behavior at the lowest common denominator.”
  9. #64
    “We have then a public execution and a timetable. They do not punish the same type of crimes or the same type of delinquent. But they each define a certain penal style.”
  10. #65
    Raven does come across as the typical bad boy at the beginning, but there is definitely a lot more to his character when you see how he behaves around his brothers and his family in general.
  11. #66
    ″‘Well, dear me, I never thought we would have a penguin for a pet,’ said Mrs. Popper. ‘Still, he behaves pretty well, on the whole, and he is so nice and clean that perhaps he will be a good example to you and the children.‘”
  12. #67
    “When there is wind on the moon, you must be very careful how you behave. Because if it is an ill-wind, and you behave badly, it will blow straight into your heart, and then you will behave badly for a long time to come.”
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