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Their term project consists of a fieldwork collection
by 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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The future belongs to those
who believe in the beauty of their dreams.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

No one was ever named "Hero" for following the crowd.
Heroes set their own course.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

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

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

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

For some of us, the world appears to provide
only a fixed quantity of each resource -
a limited amount of food, of money,
of love, of success, of appreciation.
For others, life is unlimited.
Their world expands with the generosity, compassion,
inventiveness, and service that they contribute.
In this world-view, money that is spent
or given away returns multiplied.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

People are like stained glass windows,
they sparkle and shine when the sun is out,
but when darkness sets in their true beauty
is revealed only if there is a light from within.
- Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

Let parents bequeath to their children
not riches, but the spirit of reverence.
- Plato

The essence of all religions is one.
Only their approaches are different.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Eagles come in all shapes and sizes,
but you will recognize them chiefly by their attitudes.
- E. F. Schumacher

Our grandchildren's grandchildren will shake their heads in shame
at some of the beliefs that we hold most dear today -
the question is, which ones?
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

A moral being is one who is capable of reflecting
on his past actions and their motives -
of approving of some and disapproving of others.
- Charles Darwin

When men are easy in their circumstances,
they are naturally enemies to innovations.
- Joseph Addison

Search others for their virtues, thyself for thy vices.
- Benjamin Franklin

The most common way people give up their power
is by thinking they don't have any.
- Alice Walker

Never tell people how to do things.
Tell them what to do and they will
surprise you with their ingenuity.
- George S. Patton

People are just as happy
as they make up their minds to be.
- Abraham Lincoln

Wise men put their trust in ideas
and not in circumstances
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

People seem not to see that
their opinion of the world
is also a confession of character.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

As many raindrops join to form a great river of water,
many souls join their highest intent to form
the river of evolved consciousness.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Progress is impossible without change,
and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.
- George Bernard Shaw

Great indeed is the sublimity of the Creative,
to which all beings owe their beginning
and which permeates all heaven.
- Lao Tzu

Ordinary people seem not to realize
that those who really apply themselves
in the right way to philosophy
are directly and of their own accord
preparing themselves for dying and death.
- Socrates

Envy comes from people's ignorance of,
or lack of belief in, their own gifts.
- Jean Vanier

The envious person grows lean
with the fatness of their neighbor.
- Socrates

I challenge you to make your life a masterpiece.
I challenge you to join the ranks of those people
who live what they teach, who walk their talk.
- Tony Robbins

A small body of determined spirits
fired by an unquenchable faith
in their mission
can alter the course of history.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Most folks are about as happy as they make their minds up to be.
- Abraham Lincoln

The final forming of a person's character
lies in their own hands.
- Anne Frank

All difficult things have
their origin in that which is easy,
and great things in that which is small.
- Lao Tzu

Your informed, "no," to a particular service
allows another to offer their
gifted and unreserved, "yes."
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Cowards die many times before their deaths;
The valiant never taste of death but once.
- William Shakespeare

All endeavors which are directed to a purely worldly end,
contain within themselves the seeds of their own corruption.
- Theodore H. White

In the sky, there is no distinction of east and west;
people create distinctions out of their own minds
and then believe them to be true.
- The Buddha

Kind words can be short and easy to speak,
but their echoes are truly endless.
- Mother Teresa

Most people don't CHOOSE their value system -
they simply inherit the beliefs of their parents and community.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The majority of men meet with failure
because of their lack of persistence
in creating new plans to take
the place of those which fail.
- Napoleon Hill

Today, when the winds of adversity blow strong,
redirect their force into the
service of your highest intention.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Thinkers do not accept the inevitable;
they turn their efforts toward changing it.
- Paramahansa Yogananda

We must teach our children to resolve
their conflicts with words, not weapons.
- William J. Clinton

I have a dream that my four little children will one day
live in a nation where they will
not be judged by the color of their skin,
but by the content of their character.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

If only the people who worry about their liabilities
would think about the riches they do possess,
they would stop worrying.
- Dale Carnegie

People generally complain about only two things:
when they have less than yesterday,
and when they have less than their neighbor.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

We get to CHOOSE the meaning for our lives.
Our lives mean exactly what we say they do - no more, no less.
Each of us chooses their path in life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

People in their handlings of affairs
often fail when they are about to succeed.
If one remains as careful at the end
as he was at the beginning,
there will be no failure.
- Lao Tzu

If you want to be heroic,
Don't emulate your heroes,
learn from them.
Heroes don't follow anyone,
they set their own course.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

'Tis the business of little minds to shrink,
but they whose heart is firm,
and whose conscience approves their conduct,
will pursue their principles unto death.
- Thomas Paine

Habits age men before their time.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Small is the number of people who
see with their eyes
and think with their minds.
- Albert Einstein

Ones best success comes after their greatest disappointments.
- Henry Ward Beecher

Even the rich are hungry for love,
for being cared for, for being wanted,
for having someone to call their own.
- Mother Teresa

The greater the difficulty the more glory in surmounting it.
Skillful pilots gain their reputation from storms and tempests.
- Epictetus


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