David Keirsey Quotes

Who is David Keirsey?

David West Keirsey was an American psychologist, a professor emeritus and author of several books including 'Please Understand Me'.

Born August 31, 1921
Died July 30, 2013

Books by David Keirsey

Best 7 Quotes by David Keirsey

Please Understand Me Quotes

“Artisans ought to be enjoyed for what they are instead of condemned for what they are not, something that can also be said of the other three temperaments.”

Please Understand Me

“Artisans prefer not to get too serious about things, and will try to keep everyone smiling — to keep the party going — as long as possible.”

Please Understand Me

“If you do not want what I want, please try not to tell me that my want is wrong. Or if my beliefs are different from yours, at least pause before you set out to correct them. Or if my emotion seems less or more intense than yours, given the same circumstances, try not to ask me to feel other than I do. Or if I act, or fail to act, in the manner of your design for action, please let me be. I do not, for the moment at least, ask you to understand me. That will come only when you are willing to give up trying to change me into a copy of you.”

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“In the word 'technology,' however, the suffix, 'logy' modifies the stem 'techno' so as to make it an abstract word meaning "the logic of building.”

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“Our attempts to reshape others may produce change, but the change is distortion rather than transformation.”

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“The abstract and the concrete side of operations are opposites, but you can't have one without the other, if, that is, you want get the job done well.”

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“Time exists not as a continuous line, but as an interval, a segment confined to and defined by an event. Only events possess time, all else is timeless.”

Please Understand Me

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“If we define a miracle as an effect of which the cause is unknown to us, then we make our ignorance the source of miracles! And the universe itself would be a standing miracle. A miracle might be perhaps defined more exactly as an effect which is not the consequence or effect of any known laws of nature.”

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