"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."
"Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power."Edward Thorndike on Abraham Lincoln
"Being powerful is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, you aren't."Edward Thorndike on Margaret Thatcher
"Knowledge will give you power, but character respect."Edward Thorndike on Bruce Lee
"All things are subject to interpretation whichever interpretation prevails at a given time is a function of power and not truth."Edward Thorndike on Friedrich Nietzsche
"Character is power."Edward Thorndike on Booker T. Washington
"Just as the science and art of agriculture depend upon chemistry and botany, so the art of education depends upon physiology and 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."
"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."
"Human folk are as a matter of fact eager to find intelligence in animals."
"From the lowest animals of which we can affirm intelligence up to man this type of intellect is found."