Margaret Mead

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Margaret Mead

Margaret Mead

A city is a place where there is no need to wait for next week to get the answer to a question, to taste the food of any country, to find new voices to listen to and familiar ones to listen to again.More Margaret Mead [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The suffering of either sex -- of the male who is unable, because of the way in which he was reared, to take the strong initiating or patriarchal role that is still demanded of him, or of the female who has been given too much freedom of movement as a child to stay placidly within the house as an adult -- this suffering, this discrepancy, this sense of failure in an enjoined role, is the point of leverage for social change.More Margaret Mead [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
If I were to be taken hostage, I would not plead for release nor would I want my government to be blackmailed. I think certain government officials, industrialists and celebrated persons should make it clear they are prepared to be sacrificed if taken hostage. If that were done, what gain would there be for terrorists in taking hostages?More Margaret Mead [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The liberals have not softened their view of actuality to make themselves live closer to the dream, but instead sharpen their perceptions and fight to make the dream actuality or give up the battle in despair.More Margaret Mead [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The institution of marriage in all societies is a pattern within which the strains put by civilization on males and females alike must be resolved, a pattern within which men must learn, in return for a variety of elaborate rewards, new forms in which sexual spontaneity is still possible, and women must learn to discipline their receptivity to a thousand other considerations.More Margaret Mead [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
If we are to achieve a richer culture, rich in contrasting values, we must recognize the whole gamut of human potentialities, and so weave a less arbitrary social fabric, one in which each diverse human gift will find a fitting place.More Margaret Mead [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Much of the ill-tempered railing against women that has characterized the popular writing of the last two years is a half-hearted attempt to find a way back to a more balanced relationship between our biological selves and the world we have built. So women are scolded both for being mothers and for not being mothers, for wanting to eat their cake and have it too, and for not wanting to eat their cake and have it too.More Margaret Mead [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Our humility rest upon a series of learned behaviors, woven together into patterns that are infinitely fragile and never directly inherited.More Margaret Mead [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
People in America, of course, live in all sorts of fashions, because they are foreigners, or unlucky, or depraved, or without ambition; people live like that, but Americans live in white detached houses with green shutters. Rigidly, blindly, the dream takes precedence.More Margaret Mead [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
A small group of thoughtful people could change the world. Indeed, it's the only thing that ever has.More Margaret Mead [07/07/2011 11:07:47]
Always remember that you are absolutely unique. Just like everyone else.More Margaret Mead [07/07/2011 11:07:59]
Anthropology demands the open-mindedness with which one must look and listen, record in astonishment and wonder that which one would not have been able to guess.More Margaret Mead [07/07/2011 11:07:41]
Fathers are biological necessities, but social accidents.More Margaret Mead [07/07/2011 11:07:14]
Having two bathrooms ruined the capacity to co-operate.More Margaret Mead [07/07/2011 11:07:40]
Human nature is potentially aggressive and destructive and potentially orderly and constructive.More Margaret Mead [07/07/2011 11:07:51]
I do not believe in using women in combat, because females are too fierce.More Margaret Mead [07/07/2011 11:07:12]
I have a respect for manners as such, they are a way of dealing with people you don't agree with or like.More Margaret Mead [07/07/2011 11:07:23]
I must admit that I personally measure success in terms of the contributions an individual makes to her or his fellow human beings.More Margaret Mead [07/07/2011 11:07:47]
Instead of being presented with stereotypes by age, sex, color, class, or religion, children must have the opportunity to learn that within each range, some people are loathsome and some are delightful.More Margaret Mead [07/07/2011 11:07:59]
It is utterly false and cruelly arbitrary to put all the play and learning into childhood, all the work into middle age, and all the regrets into old age.More Margaret Mead [07/07/2011 11:07:41]
It may be necessary temporarily to accept a lesser evil, but one must never label a necessary evil as good.More Margaret Mead [07/07/2011 11:07:02]
Man's role is uncertain, undefined, and perhaps unnecessary.More Margaret Mead [07/07/2011 11:07:27]
Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has.More Margaret Mead [07/07/2011 11:07:02]
Nobody has ever before asked the nuclear family to live all by itself in a box the way we do. With no relatives, no support, we've put it in an impossible situation.More Margaret Mead [07/07/2011 11:07:27]
Our humanity rests upon a series of learned behaviors, woven together into patterns that are infinitely fragile and never directly inherited.More Margaret Mead [07/07/2011 11:07:08]

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