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Anthropology demands the open-mindedness
by Margaret Mead

Anthropology demands the open-mindedness
with which one must look and listen,
record in astonishment
and wonder that which one would not have been able to guess.
- Margaret Mead

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Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful,
committed people can change the world.
Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.
- Margaret Mead

Never believe that a few caring people can't change the world.
For, indeed, that's all who ever have.
- Margaret Mead

I was brought up to believe that the only thing worth doing
was to add to the sum of accurate information in the world.
- Margaret Mead

 

What people say, what people do,
and what they say they do
are entirely different things.
- Margaret Mead

Nobody has ever asked the nuclear family to live
all by itself in a box the way we do.
With no relatives, no support,
we've put it in an impossible situation.
- Margaret Mead

The solution to adult problems tomorrow
depends in large measure upon
how our children grow up today.
- Margaret Mead

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We are now at a point where we must educate our children
in what no one knew yesterday,
and prepare our schools for what no one knows yet.
- Margaret Mead

Sister is probably the most competitive
relationship within the family,
but once the sisters are grown,
it becomes the strongest relationship.
- Margaret Mead

Human nature is potentially aggressive and destructive
and potentially orderly and constructive.
- Margaret Mead

As long as any adult thinks that he,
like the parents and teachers of old,
can become introspective,
invoking his own youth to understand
the youth before him,
he is lost.
- Margaret Mead

For the very first time the young are
seeing history being made
before it is censored by their elders.
- Margaret Mead

And when our baby stirs and struggles to be born
it compels humility: what we began is now its own.
- Margaret Mead

Many societies have educated their male children
on the simple device of teaching them not to be women.
- Margaret Mead

Instead of needing lots of children,
we need high-quality children.
- Margaret Mead

Instead of being presented with stereotypes
by age, sex, color, class, or religion,
children must have the opportunity
to learn that within each range,
some people are loathsome and some are delightful.
- Margaret Mead

I was wise enough to never grow up
while fooling most people into believing I had.
- Margaret Mead

The way to do fieldwork is never to
come up for air until it is all over.
- Margaret Mead

Always remember that you are absolutely unique.
Just like everyone else.
- Margaret Mead

It may be necessary temporarily to accept a lesser evil,
but one must never label a necessary evil as good.
- Margaret Mead

Man's role is uncertain, undefined, and perhaps unnecessary.
- Margaret Mead

It is an open question whether any behavior
based on fear of eternal punishment
can be regarded as ethical
or should be regarded as merely cowardly.
- Margaret Mead

Fathers are biological necessities, but social accidents.
- Margaret Mead

I must admit that I personally measure success
in terms of the contributions
an individual makes to her or his fellow human beings.
- Margaret Mead

I do not believe in using women in combat,
because females are too fierce.
- Margaret Mead

Women want mediocre men,
and men are working to be as mediocre as possible.
- Margaret Mead

It is utterly false and cruelly arbitrary
to put all the play and learning into childhood,
all the work into middle age,
and all the regrets into old age.
- Margaret Mead

I learned the value of hard work by working hard.
- Margaret Mead

One of the oldest human needs is having someone
to wonder where you are when you don't come home at night.
- Margaret Mead

Every time we liberate a woman, we liberate a man.
- Margaret Mead

Having two bathrooms ruined the capacity to co-operate.
- Margaret Mead

Life ... is like a parachute jump:
you have to get it right the first time.
- Margaret Mead

The pains of childbirth were altogether different
from the enveloping effects of other kinds of pain.
These were pains one could follow with one's mind.
- Margaret Mead

I have a respect for manners as such,
they are a way of dealing with people
you don't agree with or like.
- Margaret Mead

Life in the twentieth century is like a parachute jump:
you have to get it right the first time.
- Margaret Mead

Our humanity rests upon a series of learned behaviors,
woven together into patterns that are infinitely fragile
and never directly inherited.
- Margaret Mead

Sooner or later I'm going to die, but I'm not going to retire.
- Margaret Mead

Prayer does not use up artificial energy,
doesn't burn up any fossil fuel, doesn't pollute.
Neither does song, neither does love, neither does the dance.
- Margaret Mead

We won't have a society if we destroy the environment.
- Margaret Mead

A small group of thoughtful people could change the world.
Indeed, it's the only thing that ever has.
- Margaret Mead

Nobody has ever before asked the nuclear family to
live all by itself in a box the way we do.
With no relatives, no support, we've put it in an impossible situation.
- Margaret Mead

Thanks to television, for the first time
the young are seeing history made
before it is censored by their elders.
- Margaret Mead

We have nowhere else to go... this is all we have.
- Margaret Mead

If we are to achieve a richer culture, rich in contrasting values,
we must recognize the whole gamut of human potentialities,
and so weave a less arbitrary social fabric,
one in which each diverse human gift will find a fitting place.
- Margaret Mead

A city is a place where there is no need to
wait for next week to get the answer to a question,
to taste the food of any country,
to find new voices to listen to and familiar ones to listen to again.
- Margaret Mead

Anthropology was the science that gave her the platform from which she surveyed,
scolded and beamed at the world.
- Jane Howard

We need to think more about the nature of rhetoric in anthropology.
There isn't a body of knowledge and thought to fall back on in this regard.
- Clifford Geertz

I learned much more about acting from philosophy courses,
psychology courses, history and anthropology than I
ever learned in acting class.
- Tim Robbins

Every historian has informally an anthropology,
without ever using the word.
- Peter Gay

Studying anthropology, I developed a kind of holistic view of human existence,
in which the dichotomies you listed are all necessary
and vital aspects of life.
- Joan D. Vinge

Anthropology in general has always been fairly hospitable to female scholars,
and even to feminist scholars.
- Clifford Geertz

Gender consciousness has become involved in almost
every intellectual field:
history,
literature, science, anthropology.
There's been an extraordinary advance.
- Clifford Geertz

Theology is anthropology.
- Anselm Feuerbach

Cultural anthropology is more and more rapidly getting
to realize itself as a strictly historical science.
- Edward Sapir

People keep asking how anthropology is different from sociology,
and everybody gets nervous.
- Clifford Geertz

If there were a science of human beings it would be
anthropology that aims at understanding the totality
of experience through structural context.
- Wilhelm Dilthey

Anthropology never has had a distinct subject matter,
and because it doesn't have a real method,
there's a great deal of anxiety over what it is.
- Clifford Geertz

Here I was into astronomy, and here into anthropology,
and there I go into geology.
It was much more fun to be able to research and write
about whatever I wanted to.
- Octavia Butler

The point of literary criticism in anthropology is not to replace research,
but to find out how it is that we are persuasive.
- Clifford Geertz

History is, strictly speaking, the study of questions;
the study of answers belongs to anthropology and sociology.
- W. H. Auden

In my introductory course, Anthropology 160,
the Forms of Folklore, I try to show the students what
the major and minor genres of folklore are,
and how they can be analyzed.
- Alan Dundes

If there's ever a place where you can't argue that
you can put the facts over here and the text over there and see if they fit,
it is surely in anthropology.
- Clifford Geertz

I've often been accused of making anthropology into literature,
but anthropology is also field research.
Writing is central to it.
- Clifford Geertz

Anthropology is the science which tells us that people
are the same the whole world over except when they are different.
- Nancy Banks-Smith

The purpose of anthropology is to make the world safe for human differences.
- Ruth Benedict

There is no shorter path for joining a neutral existential anthropology,
according to philosophy, with the existential decision before God,
according to the Bible.
- Paul Ricoeur

I think feminism has had a major impact on anthropology.
- Clifford Geertz

Anthropology is the most humanistic of the sciences
and the most scientific of the humanities.
- Alfred L. Kroeber

Learn about the world, the way it works,
any kind of science and anthropology,
it's really an interesting place we live in.
Evolution is a really fantastic idea,
even more than the idea of God I think.
- Randy Newman

When the first fossils began to be found in eastern Africa,
in the late 1950s, I thought, what a wonderful marriage this was,
biology and anthropology.
I was around 16 years old when I made this particular
choice of academic pursuit.
- Donald Johanson

It's always amusing to look at how something early
in the 20th century was written in anthropology and how it's written now.
There's been an enormous shift in how it's done,
but yet you can't put your finger on someone who actually did it.
- Clifford Geertz


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