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They do not merely collect texts; they must also gather
by Alan Dundes

They do not merely collect texts; they must also gather
data about the context and the informant and,
above all, write an analysis of the items based upon
the course readings and lecture material on folklore theory and method.
- Alan Dundes

Americans do believe in progress and there is almost
certainly a kernel of truth in the joke.
- Alan Dundes

Americans often have trouble enjoying the present moment.
- Alan Dundes

Light travels faster than sound.
This is why some people appear bright until you hear them speak.
- Alan Dundes

 

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

There is more to folklore research than fieldwork.
This is why in all of my other upper-division courses
I require a term paper involving original research.
- Alan Dundes

Future orientation is combined with a notion and expectation of progress,
and nothing is impossible.
- Alan Dundes

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Americans have a penchant for the future and tend to disregard the past.
- Alan Dundes

Life, it seems, is nothing if not a series of initiations,
transitions, and incorporations.
- Alan Dundes

Ancestor worship, or filial piety so characteristic of Asian cultures,
for example, does not really resonate with Americans who favor children,
not grandparents.
- Alan Dundes

My academic identity is that of a folklorist,
and for many years I have taught only folklore courses.
- Alan Dundes

Polls are frequently taken to try to tease out or determine
likely directions and trends,
but once taken, they belong to the past,
requiring that new polls be taken.
- Alan Dundes

I mentioned that one of the tripartite formulas in
American worldview involves time:
past,
present, and future.
- Alan Dundes

In the light of our culture, these are not unreasonable questions and tactics,
but if once again, we try to see the lens through which we look,
we can see that there is far too great an emphasis placed on the future.
- Alan Dundes

I have a great advantage over many of my colleagues
inasmuch as my students bring with them to class their
own personal knowledge of national,
regional, religious, ethnic, occupational,
and family folklore traditions.
- Alan Dundes

If a student takes the whole series of my folklore
courses including the graduate seminars,
he or she should learn something about fieldwork,
something about bibliography, something about how to
carry out library research,
and something about how to publish that research.
- Alan Dundes

Their term project consists of a fieldwork collection
of folklore that they create by interviewing family members,
friends, or anyone they can manage to persuade to serve as an informant.
- Alan Dundes

The class has become over the years fairly large,
running to three hundred or more, but I always insist
upon reading all the student folklore collections myself.
Although this is a tall order, I look forward to it
because I learn so much from it.
- Alan Dundes

Cities all over the world are getting bigger as more
and more people move from rural to urban sites,
but that has created enormous problems with respect
to environmental pollution and the general quality of life.
- Alan Dundes

Everything has beauty,
but not everyone sees it.
- Confucius

To know yet to think that one does not know is best;
Not to know yet to think that one knows
will lead to difficulty.
- Lao Tzu

The beauty does not live out there;
the beauty's in my eyes.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The essence of life is not in
the great victories and grand failures,
but in the simple joys.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

You will not be punished for your anger,
you will be punished by your anger.
- The Buddha

The mind is not a vessel to be filled
but a fire to be kindled.
- Plutarch

The world is perfect. It's a mess.
It has always been a mess.
We are not going to change it.
Our job is to straighten out our own lives.
- Joseph Campbell

"Just living is not enough," said the butterfly,
"one must have sunshine, freedom and a little flower."
- Hans Christian Andersen

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our Light, not our Darkness, that most frightens us.
- Marianne Williamson

Love does not claim possession, but gives freedom.
- Rabindranath Tagore

The true meaning of life is to plant trees,
under whose shade you do not expect to sit.
- Nelson Henderson

The butterfly counts not months but moments, and has time enough.
- Rabindranath Tagore

A good traveler has no fixed plans,
and is not intent on arriving.
- Lao Tzu

Lord, grant that I might not so much
seek to be loved as to love.
- St. Francis of Assisi

Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.
- Lao Tzu

Every child comes with the message
that God is not yet discouraged of man.
- Rabindranath Tagore

Love one another but make not a bond of love.
Let it rather be a moving sea
between the shores of your souls.
- Khalil Gibran

I am not afraid of storms
for I am learning how to sail my ship.
- Louisa May Alcott

Self-respect is not a function of size, age, or wealth.
Breathe deep, sing loud and sweet,
"I am me, I am unique, I am magnificent."
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I do not need anyone's permission to be my true self.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Treat those who are good with goodness,
and also treat those who are not good with goodness.
Thus goodness is attained.
Be honest to those who are honest,
and be also honest to those who are not honest.
Thus honesty is attained.
- Lao Tzu

Everything is a miracle,
not just the beautiful and lovely things.
- Anonymous

Do not allow obligation or immediacy to
bind you to physical things or specific actions.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Do not blame the thistle that you see no beauty.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

One can not reflect in streaming water.
Only those who know internal peace can give it to others.
- Lao Tzu

We are not held back by the love we didn't receive in the past,
but by the love we're not extending in the present.
- Marianne Williamson

Riches do not exhilarate us so much with their possession
as they torment us with their loss.
- Epicurus

It's not whether you get knocked down;
it's whether you get back up.
- Vince Lombardi

Circumstance does not make the man: it reveals him to himself.
- James Allen

The wise man does not lay up his own treasures.
The more he gives to others, the more he has for his own.
- Lao Tzu

Peace is not merely a distant goal that we seek,
but a means by which we arrive at that goal.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Far away there in the sunshine are my highest aspirations.
I may not reach them, but I can look up and see their beauty,
believe in them, and try to follow where they lead.
- Louisa May Alcott

Treat the earth well.
It was not given to you by your parents,
it was loaned to you by your children.
We do not inherit the Earth from our Ancestors,
we borrow it from our Children.
- Native American traditional

The true mystery of the world is the visible, not the invisible.
- Oscar Wilde

The possession of knowledge does not
kill the sense of wonder and mystery.
There is always more mystery.
- Anais Nin

Thousands of candles can be lit from a single candle,
and the life of the candle will not be shortened.
Happiness never decreases by being shared.
- The Buddha

Do not let Sunday be taken from you.
If your soul has no Sunday, it becomes an orphan.
- Albert Schweitzer

Not everything that casts a long shadow is to be feared.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Sometimes we need the fog to remind ourselves
that all of life is not black and white.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Let us not pray to be sheltered from dangers
but to be fearless when facing them.
- Rabindranath Tagore

Don't underestimate the value of Doing Nothing,
of just going along,
listening to all the things you can't hear,
and not bothering.
- A. A. Milne (Winnie-The-Pooh)

It is not the easy or convenient life
for which I search,
but life lived to the edge
of all that I may be.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

The worst sin toward our fellow creatures
is not to hate them,
but to be indifferent to them:
that's the essence of inhumanity.
- George Bernard Shaw

Our greatest glory is not in never falling,
but in rising every time we fall.
- Confucius

Life is NOT "Supposed to be Fair."
Know that there is no single way that life is "supposed" to be.
Demanding that life meet our expectations
is a sure fire recipe for a miserable existence.
Life is a game with no rules.
Life just happens to us regardless of our best intentions.
Our only path to happiness lies in being open
to receiving whatever life throws at us -
with Gratitude. Have NO Expectations of life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The full measure of a man is
not to be found in the man himself,
but in the colors and textures that
come alive in others because of him.
- Albert Schweitzer

The opposite of courage in our society
is not cowardice, it is conformity.
- Rollo May

A bird does not sing because it has an answer.
It sings because it has a song.
- Chinese Proverb

We are what we repeatedly do.
Excellence then is not an act, but a habit.
- Will Durant (commonly attributed to Aristotle)

Trust in the Light.
Darkness is not a force -
it is merely the absence of light.
Observe that when a light is brought to a dark place,
the darkness disappears.
Sadness is similar -
when joy is brought to suffering,
the sadness disappears.
Open yourself to the Light!
Hold back nothing,
Trust in the Light.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

If things are not as you wish,
wish them as they are.
- Yiddish Proverb

Do not let what you cannot do
interfere with what you can do.
- John Wooden


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