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I think of myself as a writer who happens to be doing
by Clifford Geertz

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

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

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

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

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

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

I don't think things are moving toward an omega point;
I think they're moving toward more diversity.
- 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 the American university system still seems
to be the best system in the world.
- Clifford Geertz

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

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

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

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

We're getting closer to our nature.
- 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

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

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

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

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

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

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 think feminism has had a major impact on anthropology.
- 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What we think, we become.
All that we are arises with our thoughts.
With our thoughts, we make the world.
- The Buddha

Life is as easy or as hard as you think it is.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

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

Every thought we think is creating our future.
- Louise L. Hay

Tolerance is the first principle of community;
it is the spirit which conserves
the best that all men think.
- Helen Keller

Think big thoughts but relish small pleasures.
- H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

Truth is not defined by
how many people believe something.
Ask. Question. Think.
Decide - for yourself.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

People should think things out fresh
and not just accept conventional terms
and the conventional way of doing things.
- R. Buckminster Fuller

I don't think of all the misery
but of the beauty that still remains.
- Anne Frank

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

It isn't what you have, or who you are, or where you are,
or what you are doing that makes you happy or unhappy.
It is what you think about.
- Dale Carnegie

We should not pretend to understand the world
only by the intellect.
The judgment of the intellect
is only part of the truth.
- Carl Jung

The eyes are not responsible when the mind does the seeing.
- Publilius Syrus

To kill an error is as good a service as,
and sometimes even better than,
the establishing of a new truth or fact.
- Charles Darwin

If a million people say a foolish thing,
it is still a foolish thing.
- Anatole France

When you keep getting the wrong answers,
try asking better questions.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The most incomprehensible thing about the world
is that it is comprehensible.
- Albert Einstein

If a problem cannot be solved, enlarge it.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

The most important thing about Spaceship Earth -
an instruction book didn't come with it.
- R. Buckminster Fuller

The problem with making assumptions
is that we believe they are the truth
- don Miguel Ruiz

The greatest harm can result from the best intentions.
- Terry Goodkind

Excellence is the result of
caring more than others think wise,
risking more than other's think safe,
dreaming more than others think practical,
and expecting more than others think possible.
- Anonymous

The most important things in life
are seldom the most obvious.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The great enemy of the truth is very often not the lie,
deliberate, contrived and dishonest,
but the myth, persistent, persuasive and unrealistic.
- John F. Kennedy

The important thing is not to stop questioning.
Curiosity has its own reason for existing.
- Albert Einstein

People hardly ever make use of the freedom which they have,
for example, freedom of thought;
instead they demand freedom of speech as a compensation.
- Soren Kierkegaard

The simplest questions are the most profound.
Where were you born?
Where is your home?
Where are you going?
What are you doing?
Think about these once in a while
and watch your answers change.
- Richard Bach

Men and women are not prisoners of fate,
but only prisoners of their own minds.
- Franklin D. Roosevelt

You become what you think about.
- Earl Nightingale

Know that life is as easy or as hard as you think it is.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Character is higher than intellect.
A great soul will be strong to live as well as think.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

The presence of those seeking the truth
is infinitely to be preferred
to the presence of those who think they've found it.
- Terry Pratchett

I cannot teach anybody anything.
I can only make them think.
- Socrates

The mind is everything.
What you think you become.
- The Buddha

Live so that when your children think of fairness,
caring and integrity, they think of you.
- H. Jackson Brown, Jr.


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