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Walden Two | Quotes


A lot of things about the way we're all living now ... are completely insane.

Rogers, Chapter 1

Rogers uses a statement he remembers Burris making to argue a new society is necessary.


A lawn mower ... the stupidest machine ever invented—for one of the stupidest of purposes.

Frazier, Chapter 3

With this statement Frazier begins to show he is critical of the world outside of Walden Two. He also emphasizes the conservationist methods of the community.


To get along without doing physical work ... would mean trouble.

Frazier, Chapter 8

Frazier boasts even the brightest in Walden Two realize the value of physical labor for a healthy community and to eliminate social stratification.


We practice the Thoreauvian principle of avoiding unnecessary possessions.

Frazier, Chapter 8

Frazier is emphasizing the self-sufficiency of the community and the lack of competition, which can lead to desiring material objects.


In a cooperative society there's no jealousy because there's no need for jealousy.

Frazier, Chapter 13

Frazier continues to support his noncompetitive community by claiming the inhabitants of Walden Two do not have undesirable emotions.


Behavior ... has been shaped according to revelations of 'good conduct,' never ... experimental study.

Frazier, Chapter 14

Frazier critiques civilization up to this point and the lack of objectivity in modifying human behavior.


We are only just beginning to understand the power of love ... the weakness of force.

Frazier, Chapter 14

This is Frazier's comparison of Walden Two's emphasis on nonviolence to the teachings of Jesus. He stresses the science of behavior supports the claim.


The grade is an administrative device which does violence to the nature of the developmental process.

Frazier, Chapter 15

Frazier is explaining how grades are a detrimental aspect of school standardization in the outside world.


The majority of people ... want to be free of the responsibility of planning.

Frazier, Chapter 20

Frazier is stressing to Castle how the community at Walden Two emphasizes the day-to-day enjoyment of life without long-term expectations.


As the science of behavioral engineering advances, less and less is left to personal judgment.

Frazier, Chapter 27

This is Frazier's counter to Castle's question of why one person could not simply start up another Walden. Frazier is saying to establish more Waldens, specific training is necessary.


The world is trying to adjust to a new conception of man in relation to men.

Frazier, Chapter 29

Frazier is attempting to explain the world's struggles, which even two world wars could not overcome.


The determining forces may be subtle but they are inexorable.

Frazier, Chapter 29

Frazier is countering Castle's notion the world centers on free will. He is saying there are determining forces, paths we are inevitably fated to follow even if their influence is small.


Science in general emerged from a competitive culture.

Frazier, Chapter 33

This admission somewhat undercuts Frazier's argument with Burris, who questions Frazier's noncompetitive claim in his behavioral research.


There is more day to dawn. The sun is but a morning-star.

Burris, Chapter 35

Burris repeats the last few lines from Thoreau's Walden. He has resolved to return to the Walden Two community, so this reference refers to his new beginning, his enlightenment.


Frazier was not in his heaven. All was right with the world.

Burris, Chapter 36

The last two lines of the story indicate the pleasure Burris feels with being a new inhabitant of Walden Two. He does not feel as if Frazier is lording over the community.

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