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If I remember correctly, a writer is someone who ...
by Clifford Geertz

If I remember correctly, a writer is someone who wants to convey information.
Language or writing is a code.
- Clifford Geertz

My instincts are always against people who want to
fasten some sort of hegemony onto things.
- Clifford Geertz

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

I do think the attempt to raise consciousness has succeeded.
People are very aware of gender concerns now.
- Clifford Geertz

 

I think what's known about neurology is still scattered and uncertain.
- Clifford Geertz

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

I'm an inveterate fox and not a hedgehog,
so I always think you should try everything.
- Clifford Geertz

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I had a hard time convincing students that they were
going to North Africa to understand the North Africans,
not to understand themselves.
- Clifford Geertz

I don't think things are moving toward an omega point;
I think they're moving toward more diversity.
- Clifford Geertz

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

Most anthropologists are doing straightforward ethnography,
and should.
- Clifford Geertz

I don't have the notion that everybody has to write
in some single academic style.
- 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

I think the American university system still seems
to be the best system in the world.
- Clifford Geertz

The North African mule talks always of his mother's brother,
the horse, but never of his father, the donkey,
in favor of others supposedly more reputable.
- Clifford Geertz

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

I agree with Chomsky in almost nothing.
When it comes to innate structures and so on,
I'm very skeptical.
- Clifford Geertz

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

We're getting closer to our nature.
- Clifford Geertz

I think the perception of there being a deep gulf between
science and the humanities is false.
- Clifford Geertz

I never leave a sentence or a paragraph until I'm satisfied with it.
- Clifford Geertz

Two people have been really liberating in my mind;
one is Wittgenstein and the other is Burke.
I read Burke before he was a secular saint,
before everyone was reading him.
- Clifford Geertz

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

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 was trained in the '50s as a New Critic.
I remember what literature was like before the New Critics,
when people stood up and talked about Shelley's soul and such things.
- Clifford Geertz

I think of myself as a writer who happens to be doing
his writing as an anthropologist.
- Clifford Geertz

I don't feel that an atmosphere of debate and total
disagreement and argument is such a bad thing.
It makes for a vital and alive field.
- Clifford Geertz

Meaning is socially, historically, and rhetorically constructed.
- Clifford Geertz

I've written a lot of books which are written from the moon -
the view from nowhere.
- Clifford Geertz

I don't write drafts.
I write from the beginning to the end,
and when it's finished, it's done.
- Clifford Geertz

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

I'm writing a review of three books on feminism and science,
and it's about social constructionism.
So I would say I'm a social constructionist,
whatever that means.
- Clifford Geertz

Younger anthropologists have the notion that anthropology is too diverse.
The number of things done under the name of anthropology is just infinite;
you can do anything and call it anthropology.
- Clifford Geertz

Has feminism made us all more conscious? I think it has.
Feminist critiques of anthropological masculine bias
have been quite important,
and they have increased my sensitivity to that kind of issue.
- Clifford Geertz

The way in which mathematicians and physicists and
historians talk is quite different,
and what a physicist means by physical intuition and
what a mathematician means by beauty or elegance are
things worth thinking about.
- Clifford Geertz

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

If I feel depressed I will sing.
If I feel sad I will laugh.
If I feel ill I will double my labor.
If I feel fear I will plunge ahead.
If I feel inferior I will wear new garments.
If I feel uncertain I will raise my voice.
If I feel poverty I will think of wealth to come.
If I feel incompetent I will think of past success.
If I feel insignificant I will remember my goals.
Today I will be the master of my emotions.
- Og Mandino

Remember, no matter where you go, there you are.
- Confucius

When dealing with people, remember you are
not dealing with creatures of logic,
but creatures of emotion.
- Dale Carnegie

We who lived in concentration camps can remember the men
who walked through the huts comforting others,
giving away their last piece of bread...
They offer sufficient proof that everything
can be taken from a man but one thing:
to choose one's attitude in any given set of circumstances,
to choose one's own way.
- Viktor E. Frankl

In Iroquois society, leaders are encouraged to
remember seven generations in the past and
consider seven generations in the future
when making decisions that affect the people.
- Wilma Mankiller

Those who cannot remember the past
are condemned to repeat it.
- George Santayana

Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer.
- Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama

Remember that not getting what you want
is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck.
- Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama

You know that place between sleeping and awake,
that place where you can still remember dreaming?
That's where I'll always think of you.
- James M. Barrie

It is well to remember that the
entire population of the universe,
with one trifling exception, is composed of others.
- Andrew J. Holmes

Remember that nurturing yourself is as important
(if not more so) as nurturing others.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

The more a man can forget, the greater the number
of metamorphoses which his life can undergo,
the more he can remember, the more divine his life becomes.
- Soren Kierkegaard

When I look back on all these worries,
I remember the story of the old man who said on his deathbed
that he had had a lot of trouble in his life,
most of which had never happened.
- Winston Churchill

When you feel the need to hurry,
remember that everything in life is a CHOICE.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

To love. To be loved. To never forget your own insignificance. To never get used to the unspeakable violence and the vulgar disparity of life around you. To seek joy in the saddest places. To pursue beauty to its lair. To never simplify what is complicated or complicate what is simple. To respect strength, never power. Above all, to watch. To try to understand. To never look away. And never, never, to forget.
- Arundhati Roy

When we remember we are all mad,
the mysteries disappear and life stands explained.
- Mark Twain

You remember lesson about balance?
Lesson not just karate only. Lesson for whole life.
Whole life have a balance. Everything be better. Understand?
- Miyagi: character in the movie Karate Kid

You can conquer almost any fear
if you will only make up your mind to do so.
For remember, fear doesn't exist
anywhere except in the mind.
- Dale Carnegie

Remember, there are no mistakes, only lessons.
Love yourself, trust your choices, and everything is possible.
- Cherie-Carter Scotts

Remember always that you have not only the right to be an individual,
you have an obligation to be one.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

Remember that life is an ADVENTURE, and cheer Whee...
all the way down the slippery razor-blade of life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Remember, upon the conduct of each depends the fate of all.
- Alexander the Great

I hear and I forget.
I see and I remember.
I do and I understand.
- Chinese proverb

To be wronged is nothing unless you continue to remember it.
- Confucius

If thy brother wrongs thee,
remember not so much his wrong-doing,
but more than ever that he is thy brother.
- Epictetus

Remember that the happiest people
are not those getting more, but those giving more.
- H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

May you never forget what is worth remembering,
or remember what is best forgotten.
- Anonymous

Farewell My Friend
It was beautiful as long as it lasted
The journey of my life.
I have no regrets whatsoever
save the pain I'll leave behind.
Those dear hearts who love and care...
And the strings pulling at the heart and soul...
The strong arms that held me up
When my own strength let me down.
At every turning of my life
I came across good friends,
Friends who stood by me,
Even when the time raced me by.
Farewell, farewell my friends
I smile and bid you goodbye.
No, shed no tears for I need them not
All I need is your smile.
If you feel sad do think of me
for that's what I'll like
when you live in the hearts
of those you love, remember then
you never die.
- Gitanjali Ghei

Seek always to do some good, somewhere.
Every man has to seek in his own way to realize his true worth.
You must give some time to your fellow man.
For remember, you don't live in a world all your own.
Your brothers are here too.
- Albert Schweitzer

Remember that children, marriages, and flower gardens
reflect the kind of care they get.
- H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

Remember, we all stumble, every one of us.
That's why it's a comfort to go hand in hand.
- Emily Kimbrough

If ever there is tomorrow when we're not together...
there is something you must always remember.
You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem,
and smarter than you think.
But the most important thing is, even if we're apart...
I'll always be with you.
- A. A. Milne (Winnie-The-Pooh)

Happiness comes when I remember that others' opinions of me
are just their opinions - nothing more.
I find happiness in moving toward my goals
regardless of the applause or the jeers of others.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

For as long as I can remember, I've been searching for something,
some reason why we're here. What are we doing here? Who are we?
If this is a chance to find out
even just a little part of that answer...
I don't know, I think it's worth a human life. Don't you?
- the Jodie Foster movie Contact (1997)

Remember, happiness is just a teardrop away.
- the movie Shrek 2


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