Gordon Allport quotes

  • People who are aware of, and ashamed of, their prejudices are well on the road to eliminating them.
    -- Gordon Allport

    #People #Justice #Prejudice

  • Thwarted lives have the most character-conditioned hate
    -- Gordon Allport

    #Hate #Character

  • The specific goals we set for ourselves are almost always subsidiary to our long range intentions. A good parent, a good neighbour, a good citizen, is not good because his specific goals are acceptable, but because his successive goals are ordered to a dependable and socially desirable set of values. (1947)
    -- Gordon Allport

    #Goal #Long #Parent

  • Each person is an idiom unto himself, an apparent violation of the syntax of the species.
    -- Gordon Allport

    #Science #Syntax #Violation

  • The theist is persuaded that while nothing that contradicts science is likely to be true, still nothing that stops with science can be the whole truth.
    -- Gordon Allport

    #Science #Being True #Theist

  • Prejudgments become prejudices only if they are not reversible when exposed to new knowledge.
    -- Gordon Allport

    #Thinking #Prejudice #Exposed

  • Personality is and does something...It is what lies behind specific acts and within the individual
    -- Gordon Allport

    #Lying #Personality #Doe

  • If there is a purpose in life at all, there must be a purpose in suffering and in dying. But no man can tell another what this purpose is. Each must find out for himself, and must accept the responsibility that his answer prescribes. If he succeeds he will continue to grow in spite of all indignities.
    -- Gordon Allport

    #Adversity #Responsibility #Men

  • There is a story of an Oxford student who once remarked, "I despise all Americans, but have never met one I didn't like."
    -- Gordon Allport

    #Hate #Oxford #Stories

  • The dog [in Pavlov's experiments] does not continue to salivate whenever it hears a bell unless sometimes at least an edible offering accompanies the bell. But there are innumerable instances in human life where a single association, never reinforced, results in the establishment of a life-long dynamic system. An experience associated only once with a bereavement, an accident, or a battle, may become the center of a permanent phobia or complex, not in the least dependent on a recurrence of the original shock.
    -- Gordon Allport

    #Dog #Offering #Long

  • Given a thimbleful of [dramatic] facts we rush to make generalizations as large as a tub.
    -- Gordon Allport

    #Tubs #Facts #Dramatic

  • The scientist, by the very nature of his commitment, creates more and more questions, never fewer. Indeed the measure of our intellectual maturity, one philosopher suggests, is our capacity to feel less and less satisfied with our answers to better problems.
    -- Gordon Allport

    #Commitment #Maturity #Intellectual

  • The mature religious sentiment is ordinarily fashioned in the workshop of doubt.
    -- Gordon Allport

    #Faith #Religious #Doubt

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