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When a woman gives birth to a child,
by Marvin Harris

When a woman gives birth to a child,
the child needs to be able to digest the mother's milk;
but when this child is old enough to begin to eat other foods,
there is some switching off of this ability to consume milk.
- Marvin Harris

Pigs prefer to wallow in clean mud, but if nothing else is available,
they will frequently wallow in their own urine,
giving rise to the notion that they are dirty animals.
- Marvin Harris

If I can bring some light to bear on problems like that,
I feel that people will be enlightened not only on
the question but also on a way of approaching such questions.
- Marvin Harris

Food, like sex, is one of the principal kinds of human
activity that engage people when they wonder about
how to account for different kinds of human behaviour.
- Marvin Harris

 

The commandment 'Thou shalt not kill' does not say it's O.K.
to kill some people and not others.
- Marvin Harris

Unfortunately, the food industry has not yet faced
this situation and begun taking measures to avoid exploiting
our weakness for not knowing when we have had enough.
- Marvin Harris

Pigs eat grass if they are very hungry,
but they can't use it as a regular source of food.
- Marvin Harris

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Yes, a general principle that comes out of research
behind Good to Eat is that there are no world religions
that have acted to decrease the potential for the nutritional
well-being of their followers.
- Marvin Harris

Now we are in a situation in which for a significant
part of the industrial world too much could become a danger,
especially too much of the things which are really
not good for us in such large quantities.
- Marvin Harris

The general proposition is that the resources that
will be utilized are the ones that contribute most
to the overall efficiency of the production system.
The third parameter has to do with our commercial world,
our search for profits.
- Marvin Harris

The answer has to be sought in the material conditions
of the production and utilization of cattle in India
compared with the production and utilization of cattle
in other parts of the world.
- Marvin Harris

But with the Industrial Revolution and introduction
of various industrial techniques for purifying sugar,
we have a situation in which what we are consuming
is not good nutritionally or ecologically.
- Marvin Harris

However, further research has shown that it is the
normal condition for humans and for most other mammals.
It seems pretty clear why this is the case for most
mammals and for most human beings.
- Marvin Harris

I think that by following the route that I have tried to outline,
one gets into a much more interesting and productive
series of questions than those that result from saying
simply that Chinese don't like milk because they don't like milk.
- Marvin Harris

I don't know of any cases where as a result of religious
precepts a population have found themselves enjoying
less food than they would have if they didn't follow
this particular religion.
- Marvin Harris

Every theory presented as a scientific concept is just that;
it's a theory that tries to explain more about the
world than previous theories have done.
It is open to being challenged and to being proven incorrect.
- Marvin Harris

Like most North Americans, I'd been raised on the notion
that milk is the first food,
and everybody must like it because it's so good and
so important for growing up and for being healthy.
- Marvin Harris

There are very important and practical issues raised
by following this alternative route which says,
let's look to material conditions, to the systems of production,
to the needs that human beings have,
and to competing alternative solutions to the satisfaction of those needs.
- Marvin Harris

Here you do have forests, where pigs could be raised
by letting them root about in the forests for a good part of the year.
Therefore, you have a different attitude toward them
compared with what continues to exist in the Middle East.
- Marvin Harris

Every man and woman is born into the world
to do something unique and something distinctive;
and if he or she does not do it,
it will never be done.
- Benjamin E. Mays

It doesn't matter how long my hair is
or what color my skin is
or whether I'm a woman or a man.
- John Lennon

Why does a woman work ten years to change a man's habits
and then complain that he's not the man she married?
- Barbra Streisand

Once made equal to man, woman becomes his superior.
- Socrates

The age of a woman doesn't mean a thing.
The best tunes are played on the oldest fiddles.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

What is the appropriate behavior for a man or a woman
in the midst of this world,
where each person is clinging to his piece of debris?
What's the proper salutation between people
as they pass each other in this flood?
- The Buddha

A man never knows how to say goodbye;
a woman never knows when to say it.
- Helen Rowland

A blessed thing it is for any man or woman to have a friend,
one human soul whom we can trust utterly,
who knows the best and worst of us,
and who loves us in spite of all our faults.
- Charles Kingsley

A woman can take care of the family.
It takes a man to provide structure,
to provide stability.
- Tom DeLay

A family can develop only with a loving woman as its center.
- Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

It isn't tying himself to one woman that a man dreads
when he thinks of marrying;
it's separating himself from all the others.
- Helen Rowland

Beauty, n: the power by which a woman charms a lover and terrifies a husband.
- Ambrose Bierce

To be successful, a woman has to be much better at her job than a man.
- Golda Meir

A pregnant woman facing the most dire circumstances
must be able to count on her doctor to do what is medically
necessary to protect her from serious physical harm.
- Barbara Mikulski

Trust no friend without faults, and love a woman,
but no angel.
- Doris Lessing

I don't need plastic in my body to validate me as a woman.
- Courtney Love

Marriage, for a woman at least, hampers the two things
that made life to me glorious -
friendship and learning.
- Jane Harrison

An archaeologist is the best husband a woman can have.
The older she gets the more interested he is in her.
- Agatha Christie

A diplomat is a man who always remembers a woman's
birthday but never remembers her age.
- Robert Frost

I will far rather see the race of man extinct
than that we should become less than beasts
by making the noblest of God's creation,
woman, the object of our lust.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Some husbands are living proof that a woman can take a joke.
- Anonymous

There is a woman at the begining of all great things.
- Alphonse de Lamartine

Clearly, society has a tremendous stake in insisting
on a woman's natural fitness for the career of mother:
the alternatives are all too expensive.
- Ann Oakley

Nobody loves a woman because she is handsome or ugly,
stupid or intelligent.
We love because we love.
- Honore de Balzac

A beauty is a woman you notice; a charmer is one who notices you.
- Adlai E. Stevenson

A woman's life can really be a succession of lives,
each revolving around some emotionally compelling situation or challenge,
and each marked off by some intense experience.
- Wallis Simpson

A married woman has the same right to control her own
body as does an unmarried woman.
- Sol Wachtler

It is now quite lawful for a Catholic woman to avoid
pregnancy by a resort to mathematics,
though she is still forbidden to resort to physics or chemistry.
- H. L. Mencken

Do not let a flattering woman coax and wheedle you and deceive you;
she is after your barn.
- Hesiod

The woman is uniformly sacrificed to the wife and mother.
- Elizabeth Cady Stanton

It's all right for a woman to be, above all, human.
I am a woman first of all.
- Anais Nin

The world's biggest power is the youth and beauty of a woman.
- Chanakya

He's the kind of man a woman would have to marry to get rid of.
- Mae West

A particularly beautiful woman is a source of terror.
As a rule, a beautiful woman is a terrible disappointment.
- Carl Jung

A liberal is a man or a woman or a child who looks forward to a better day,
a more tranquil night, and a bright,
infinite future.
- Leonard Bernstein

I'm not talking about lust.
A woman in lust wants chocolate.
A woman in love wants diamonds.
- the movie How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days

A poet looks at the world the way a man looks at a woman.
- Wallace Stevens

As usual, there is a great woman behind every idiot.
- John Lennon

There are four stages in a marriage.
First there's the affair,
then the marriage,
then children
and finally the fourth stage,
without which you cannot know a woman, the divorce.
- Norman Mailer

Morality which depends upon the helplessness
of a man or woman has not much to recommend it.
Morality is rooted in the purity of our hearts.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

There are two times when a man doesn't understand a woman -
before marriage and after marriage.
- Anonymous

I love Mickey Mouse more than any woman I have ever known.
- Walt Disney

A woman uses her intelligence to find reasons to support her intuition.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

Sometimes it's hard to be a woman giving all your love to just one man.
- Tammy Wynette

I met an American woman and got married so I had to get a job.
- Walter Wager

Whoever has trusted a woman has trusted deceivers.
- Hesiod

For most of history, Anonymous was a woman.
- Virginia Woolf

No man succeeds without a good woman behind him.
Wife or mother, if it is both, he is twice blessed indeed.
- Harold MacMillan

The only time a woman really succeeds in changing a
man is when he is a baby.
- Natalie Wood

Instead of getting married again, I'm going to find
a woman I don't like and give her a house.
- Lewis Grizzard

Any woman who understands the problems of running a
home will be nearer to understanding the problems of running a country.
- Margaret Thatcher

Love is the delusion that one woman differs from another.
- H. L. Mencken


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