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Ruth Benedict Quotes and Sayings

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I long to speak out the intense inspiration that comes
to me from the lives of strong women.
- Ruth Benedict

I have always used the world of make-believe with a certain desperation.
- Ruth Benedict

I haven't strength of mind not to need a career.
- Ruth Benedict

The purpose of anthropology is to make the world safe for human differences.
- Ruth Benedict

 

Culture is not a biologically transmitted complex.
- Ruth Benedict

Our faith in the present dies out long before our faith in the future.
- Ruth Benedict

A man's indebtedness is not virtue; his repayment is.
Virtue begins when he dedicates himself actively to the job of gratitude.
- Ruth Benedict

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If we justify war, it is because all peoples always
justify the traits of which they find themselves possessed,
not because war will bear an objective examination of its merits.
- Ruth Benedict

The trouble with life isn't that there is no answer,
it's that there are so many answers.
- Ruth Benedict

No man ever looks at the world with pristine eyes.
He sees it edited by a definite set of customs and
institutions and ways of thinking.
- Ruth Benedict

I gambled on having the strength to live two lives,
one for myself and one for the world.
- Ruth Benedict

We grow in time to trust the future for our answers.
- Ruth Benedict

The life history of the individual is first and foremost
an accommodation to the patterns and standards traditionally
handed down in his community.
- Ruth Benedict

Racism is an ism to which everyone in the world today is exposed;
for or against,
we must take sides.
And the history of the future will differ according
to the decision which we make.
- Ruth Benedict

The adequate study of culture, our own and those on
the opposite side of the globe,
can press on to fulfillment only as we learn today
from the humanities as well as from the scientists.
- Ruth Benedict

Not everything that casts a long shadow is to be feared.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

When one door closes, another opens.
But often we look so long, so regretfully,
upon the closed door,
that we fail to see the one that is opened for us.
- Helen Keller

One does not discover new lands without consenting
to lose sight of the shore for a very long time.
- Andre Gide PHOTO

May love and laughter light your days,
and warm your heart and home.
May good and faithful friends be yours,
wherever you may roam.
May peace and plenty bless your world
with joy that long endures.
May all life's passing seasons
bring the best to you and yours.
- Irish Blessing

Just stop it. Seriously.
Whatever it is. Just stop it.
If only for an hour, a day, a week.
Stop doing it long enough to get a glimpse
of what the change would actually look like.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

How you think when you lose
determines how long it will be until you win.
- Gilbert (G. K.) Chesterton

Stop wishing and fearing the future
long enough to be fully present in TODAY.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Avoiding danger is no safer
in the long run than outright exposure.
he fearful are caught as often as the bold.
- Helen Keller

In the long run, men hit only what they aim at.
Therefore, they had better aim at something high.
- Henry David Thoreau

We are not afraid to follow truth
wherever it may lead,
nor to tolerate any error
so long as reason is left free to combat it.
- Thomas Jefferson

One movement toward light becomes a clear signpost on a long road.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

It had long since come to my attention
that people of accomplishment
rarely sat back and let things happen to them.
They went out and happened to things.
- Leonardo da Vinci

Life is a long lesson in humility.
- James M. Barrie

Give me a lever long enough
and a fulcrum on which to place it,
and I shall move the world.
- Archimedes

In the long run, we shape our lives, and we shape ourselves.
The process never ends until we die.
And the choices we make are ultimately our own responsibility.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

In order to discover new lands,
one must be willing to lose sight
of the shore for a very long time.
- Anonymous

As long as a man stands in his own way,
everything seems to be in his way.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

As long as one keeps searching, the answers come.
- Joan Baez

We can do anything we want to
if we stick to it long enough.
- Helen Keller

Brief is life but love is long.
- Alfred Lord Tennyson

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

Make your important choices in life
based on your values and your long-term objectives
rather than on a need for approval.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Everything deep is also simple
and can be reproduced simply
as long as its reference
to the whole truth is maintained.
But what matters is not what is witty
but what is true.
- Albert Schweitzer

A man is what he thinks about all day long.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Life is not about perfection -
or a quest for perfection.
Life is about enjoying what we have -
for as long as we have it.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Since it is not granted to us to live long,
let us transmit to posterity some memorial that we have at least lived.
- E. Joseph Cossman

Time stays long enough for anyone who will use it.
- Leonardo da Vinci

Just smiling goes a long way toward
making you feel better about life.
And when you feel better about life, your life is better.
- Art Linkletter

I think we dream so we don't have to be apart for so long.
If we're in each other's dreams, we can be together all the time.
- A. A. Milne (Winnie-The-Pooh)

There are risks and costs to action.
But they are far less than the long range
risks of comfortable inaction.
- John F. Kennedy

So long as you have courage and a sense of humor,
it is never too late to start life afresh.
- Freeman Dyson

Three things cannot be long hidden:
the sun, the moon, and the truth.
- The Buddha

Relax. 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

Pick up a stone that feels good to you
and is small enough to hold in one hand.
Consider how long that stone has been around
and what enormous pressure it has experienced.
Draw strength from its long history.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

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)

If I had no sense of humor,
I would long ago have committed suicide.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

So long as we are loved by others,
I would almost say that we are indispensable;
and no man is useless while he has a friend.
- Robert Louis Stevenson

I would rather try to persuade a man to go along,
because once I have persuaded him, he will stick.
If I scare him, he will stay just as long
as he is scared, and then he is gone.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

As long as any adult thinks that he,
like the parents and teachers of old,
can become introspective,
invoking his own youth to understand
the youth before him,
he is lost.
- Margaret Mead

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

People travel to wonder at the height of mountains,
at the huge waves of the sea,
at the long courses of rivers,
at the vast compass of the ocean,
at the circular motion of the stars;
and they pass by themselves without wondering.
- St. Augustine

The highest result of education is tolerance.
Long ago men fought and died for their faith;
but it took ages to teach them the other kind of courage, -
the courage to recognize the faiths of their brethren
and their rights of conscience.
- Helen Keller

In the long history of humankind (and animal-kind, too)
those who learned to collaborate and
improvise most effectively have prevailed.
- Charles Darwin

Every good relationship, especially marriage, is based on respect.
If it's not based on respect,
nothing that appears to be good will last very long.
- Amy Grant

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

Only good comes from being honest and true.
Only harm and suffering cone from falsehood.
It doesn't always feel as if good comes from truth and honesty,
but, in the long run, it does.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

It takes a long time to grow an old friend.
- John Leonard

So long as the memory of certain
beloved friends lives in my heart,
I shall say that life is good.
- Helen Keller

It takes discipline and compassion
to awaken the divine in ourselves long enough
to recognize the divine in another.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

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

It is more fun to talk with someone who doesn't use long, difficult words
but rather short, easy words like "What about lunch?"
- A. A. Milne (Winnie-The-Pooh)

It takes a long while for a naturally trustful person
to reconcile himself to the idea that
after all God will not help him
- H. L. Mencken

Nature puts no question and answers none which we mortals ask.
She has long ago taken her resolution.
- Henry David Thoreau

Every one desires to live long,
but no one would be old.
- Abraham Lincoln

Part of our essential humanity is paying respect to what God gave us
and what will be here a long time after we're gone.
- William J. Clinton

Security is mostly a superstition.
It does not exist in nature,
nor do the children of men as a whole experience it.
Avoiding danger is no safer
in the long run than outright exposure.
Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing.
- Helen Keller


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