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The Best Quotes About Behavior

Updated June 14, 2019 265 votes 72 voters 16.0k views

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A list of the best behavior quotes and sayings, including the names of each speaker or author when available. This list is sorted by popularity, so only the most famous behavior quotes are at the top. The authors of these historic behavior quotes are displayed next to each quote, so if you see one you like be sure to check out other inspirational behavior quotes from that same writer.

This list answers the questions, "What are the best quotes about behavior?" and "What are inspirational behavior quotes?"

This list includes notable behavior quotes by various authors, writers, playwrights, speakers, politicians, athletes, poets, and more. Vote on your favorites so that the greatest behavior quotes rise to the top, as the order of the list changes dynamically based on votes. Don't let your favorite behavior sayings get to the bottom of the list.
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    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?

    Leonard Cohen
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    Be nice to people on your way up because you'll meet them on your way down.

    Wilson Mizner
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    To know what people really think, pay regard to what they do, rather than what they say.

    René Descartes
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    The wolf changes his coat, but not his disposition.

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    The test of one's behavior pattern; relationship to society, relationship to one's work, relationship to sex.

    Alfred Adler
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    We are all serving a life sentence, and good behavior is our only hope for a pardon.

    Doug Horton
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    Of course, behaviorism works. So does torture. Give me a no-nonsense, down-to-earth behaviorist, a few drugs, and simple electrical appliances, and in six months I will have him reciting the Athanasian Creed in public.

    W. H. Auden
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    With a gentleman I am always a gentleman and a half, and with a fraud I try to be a fraud and a half.

    Otto von Bismarck
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    Behavior is what a man does, not what he thinks, feels, or believes

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    Behave so the aroma of your actions may enhance the general sweetness of the atmosphere.

    Henry David Thoreau
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    It is the unseen and the spiritual in people that determines the outward and the actual.

    Thomas Carlyle
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    Suppose that humans happen to be so constructed that they desire the opportunity for freely undertaken productive work. Suppose that they want to be free from the meddling of technocrats and commissars, bankers and tycoons, mad bombers who engage in psychological tests of will with peasants defending their homes, behavioral scientists who can't tell a pigeon from a poet, or anyone else who tries to wish freedom and dignity out of existence or beat them into oblivion.

    Noam Chomsky
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    Though our conduct seems so very different from that of the higher animals, the primary instincts are much alike in them and in us.

    Albert Einstein
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    What ever is the natural propensity of a person is hard to overcome. If a dog were made a king, he would still gnaw at his shoes laces.

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    Live so that you can at least get the benefit of the doubt.

    Kin Hubbard
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    Still people are dangerous.

    Jean de La Fontaine
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    We like to see others, but don't like others to see through us.

    François de La Rochefoucauld
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    Our humility rest upon a series of learned behaviors, woven together into patterns that are infinitely fragile and never directly inherited.

    Margaret Mead
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    It's no use growing older if you only learn new ways of misbehaving yourself.

    Saki
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    Perfect behavior is born of complete indifference.

    Cesare Pavese
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    People who have little to do are excessive talkers.

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    Contraries are cured by contraries.

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    If I repent of anything, it is very likely to be my good behavior.

    Henry David Thoreau
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    What we are doing at the moment is more that just one thing added to the rest; it is a memoir.