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Franz Boas Quotes and Sayings

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If we were to select the most intelligent,
imaginative, energetic, and emotionally stable third of mankind,
all races would be present.
- Franz Boas

Related topics: Equality

In France, that let down the barriers more than a hundred years ago,
the feeling of antipathy is still strong enough to
sustain an anti-Jewish political party.
- Franz Boas

The historical development of the work of anthropologists
seems to single out clearly a domain of knowledge that
heretofore has not been treated by any other science.
- Franz Boas

I object to teaching of slogans intended to befog the mind,
of whatever kind they may be.
- Franz Boas

 

We all know scientists who in private life do not come
up to the standard of truthfulness,
but who, nevertheless, would not consciously falsify
the results of their researches.
- Franz Boas

My parents had broken through the shackles of dogma.
- Franz Boas

Not so the scientist.
The very essence of his life is the service of truth.
- Franz Boas

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The disease of mutual distrust among nations is the
bane of modern civilization.
- Franz Boas

My father had retained an emotional affection for the
ceremonial of his parental home,
without allowing it to influence his intellectual freedom.
- Franz Boas

Remember that in every single case in history the process
of adaptation has been one of exceeding slowness.
Do not look for the impossible, but do not let your
path deviate from the quiet and steadfast insistence
on full opportunities for your powers.
- Franz Boas

This idea was also brought out very clearly by Wallace,
who emphasized that apparently reasonable activities
of man might very well have developed without an actual
application of reasoning.
- Franz Boas

Furthermore, the study of the present surroundings is insufficient:
the history of the people,
the influence of the regions through which it has passed on its migrations,
and the people with whom it came into contact,
must be considered.
- Franz Boas

In other words, we are interested in the anatomical
and mental characteristics of men living under the same biological,
geographical, and social environment,
and as determined by their past.
- Franz Boas

It is our task to inquire into the causes that have
brought about the observed differentiation,
and to investigate the sequence of events that have
led to the establishment of the multifarious forms of human life.
- Franz Boas

I hope I may have succeeded in presenting to you,
however imperfectly, the currents of thought due to
the work of the immortal Darwin which have helped to
make anthropology what it is at the present time.
- Franz Boas

We do not discuss the anatomical, physiological,
and mental characteristics of man considered as an individual;
but we are interested in the diversity of these traits
in groups of men found in different geographical areas
and in different social classes.
- Franz Boas

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 PHOTO

Win as if you were used to it,
lose as if you enjoyed it for a change.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

When you are in any contest,
you should work as if there were -
to the very last minute - a chance to lose it.
This is battle, this is politics, this is anything.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

So your father, or your mother,
never thought you were good enough - SO WHAT?
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

We act as though comfort and luxury
were the chief requirements of life,
when all that we need to make us really happy
is something to be enthusiastic about.
- Charles Kingsley

The greatest hazard of all, losing one's self,
can occur very quietly in the world, as if it were nothing at all.
- Soren Kierkegaard

Begin each day as if it were on purpose.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

The problems of the world cannot possibly
be solved by skeptics or cynics
whose horizons are limited by the obvious realities.
We need men who can dream of things that never were.
- John F. Kennedy

Who were you before you put yourself last.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

While they were saying among themselves
it cannot be done, it was done.
- Helen Keller

Look at everything as though you were seeing it
either for the first or last time.
Then your time on earth will be filled with glory.
- Betty Smith

The journey between what you once were
and who you are now becoming
is where the dance of Life really takes place.
- Barbara De Angelis

Forgive and give as if it were your last opportunity.
Love like there's no tomorrow, and if tomorrow comes, love again.
- Max Lucado

You see things and you say, Why?
But I dream things that never were and say, Why not
- George Bernard Shaw

When you were born, you cried and the world rejoiced.
Live your life so that when you die,
the world cries and you rejoice.
- Indian Proverb

Act as if it were impossible to fail.
- Dorthea Brande

If we all worked on the assumption that what is accepted as true
were really true, there would be little hope of advance.
- Orville Wright

Half of everything you were ever taught is wrong;
the question is which half.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Many of life's failures are people who did not realize
how close they were to success when they gave up.
- Thomas Edison

Hide not your talents,
they for use were made.
What's a sundial in the shade?
- Benjamin Franklin

Forgiveness is unlocking the door to set someone free
and realizing you were the prisoner!
- Max Lucado

We would never have a word for Joy
if there were no suffering.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

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.
We ask ourselves,
Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?
Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God.
Your playing small does not serve the world.
There is nothing enlightened about shrinking
so that other people won't feel insecure around you.
We are all meant to shine, as children do.
We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us.
It is not just in some of us; it is in everyone.
And as we let our own light shine,
we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.
As we are liberated from our own fear,
our presence automatically liberates others.
- Marianne Williamson

Follow your bliss and doors will open
where there were no doors before.
- Joseph Campbell

All that is necessary to break the spell
of inertia and frustration is this:
Act as if it were impossible to fail.
- Dorthea Brande

There are those that look at things
the way they are, and ask "Why?"
I dream of things that never were, and ask "Why not?"
- Robert F. Kennedy paraphrase of George Bernard Shaw

Whenever you do a thing,
act as if all the world were watching.
- Thomas Jefferson

Naturally, every age thinks that all ages before it were prejudiced,
and today we think this more than ever, and are just as wrong
as all previous ages that thought so.
How often have we not seen the truth condemned!
It is sad but unfortunately true that man learns nothing from history.
- Carl Jung

The world moves, and ideas that were
once good are not always good.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

It is only when we truly know and understand
that we have a limited time on earth
and that we have no way of knowing when our time is up
that we will begin to live each day to the fullest,
as if it were the only one we had.
- Elizabeth Kubler-Ross

You are a child of God.
Your playing small does not serve the world.
There is nothing enlightened about shrinking
so that other people won't feel insecure about you.
We were born to manifest the glory of God that is within us.
- Marianne Williamson

I long to accomplish a great and noble task,
but it is my chief duty to accomplish small tasks
as if they were great and noble.
- Helen Keller

Nine-tenths of the people were created
so you would want to be with the other tenth.
- Horace Walpole

Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back
and realize they were the big things.
- Robert Brault

If I were to wish for anything,
I should not wish for wealth and power,
but for the passionate sense of potential -
for the eye which, ever young and ardent, sees the possible.
Pleasure disappoints; possibility never.
- Soren Kierkegaard

We could never learn to be brave and patient,
if there were only joy in the world.
- Helen Keller

Live as if you were to die tomorrow.
Learn as if you were to live forever.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

I was born on the prairies where the wind blew free
and there was nothing to break the light of the sun.
I was born where there were no enclosures.
- Geronimo

Love is what we were born with.
Fear is what we learned here.
Miracles occur naturally as expressions of love.
The real miracle is the love that inspires them.
In this sense everything that comes from love is a miracle.
- Marianne Williamson

The word "happiness" would lose its meaning
if it were not balanced by sadness.
- Carl Jung

When we hate our enemies, we are
giving them power over us:
power over our sleep, our appetites,
our blood pressure, our health, and our happiness.
Our enemies would dance with joy if only
they knew how they were worrying us,
lacerating us, and getting even with us!
Our hate is not hurting them at all,
but our hate is turning our own days
and nights into a hellish turmoil.
- Dale Carnegie

Children aren't happy with nothing to ignore,
and that's what parents were created for.
- Ogden Nash

Do you remember the things you were worrying about a year ago?
Didn't you waste a lot of fruitless energy
on account of most of them?
Didn't most of them turn out all right after all?
- Dale Carnegie

The formula for achieving a successful relationship is simple:
you should treat all disasters as if they were trivialities
but never treat a triviality as if it were a disaster.
- Quentin Crisp

What if it were only an illusion?
Perhaps life is not as threatening as it appears.
Perhaps the greatest threat to our serenity
is our fear of the future -
our fear of the unknown.
Perhaps, as Franklin D. Roosevelt said,
"The Only Thing We Have to Fear Is Fear Itself."
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The good news is that you aren't
as important as you thought you were.
Relax. The weight of the world
is not on your shoulders.
Take a day off.
Go for a long silent walk in the woods.
The world will still be there tomorrow -
as good and as bad as ever.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

We will not be driven by fear into an age of unreason
if we dig deep in our history and remember
that we are not descended from fearful men,
not from men who feared to write, to speak,
to associate and to defend causes
which were for the moment unpopular.
- Edward R. Murrow

If you were a warrior,
you would know that the worst thing
one can do is confront human beings directly.
- Carlos Castaneda

"I wonder what Piglet is doing," thought Pooh.
"I wish I were there to be doing it, too."
- A. A. Milne (Winnie-The-Pooh)

Beginning today, treat everyone you meet
as if they were going to be dead by midnight.
Extend to them all the care,
kindness and understanding you can muster,
and do with no thought of any reward.
Your life will never be the same again.
- Og Mandino

There's no tragedy in life like the death of a child.
Things never get back to the way they were.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

How true Daddy's words were when he said:
all children must look after their own upbringing.
Parents can only give good advice
or put them on the right paths,
but the final forming of a person's character
lies in their own hands.
- Anne Frank

If self-validation were our
most significant societal measure -
we would give trophies to ourselves.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

People say conversation is a lost art;
how often I have wished it were.
- Edward R. Murrow

Maybe I could have loved you better.
Maybe you should have loved me more.
Maybe our hearts were just next in line.
Maybe everything breaks sometime.
- Jewel


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