The idea is to die young as late as possible.

— Ashley Montagu

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The moments of happiness we enjoy take us by surprise.

It is not that we seize them, but that they seize us.


The Good Book - one of the most remarkable euphemisms ever coined.


The benefits to the mother of immediate breastfeeding are innumerable, not the least of which after the weariness of labor and birth is the emotional gratification, the feeling of strength, the composure, and the sense of fulfillment that comes with the handling and suckling of the baby.


The idea of "race" represents one of the most dangerous myths of our time.


The family unit is the institution for the systematic production of mental illness.


Intellect without humanity is not good enough.

..what the world is suffering from at the present time is not so much an overabundance of intellect as an insufficiency of humanity.


By virtue of being born to humanity, every human being has a right to the development and fulfillment of his potentialities as a human being.


Love is the supreme form of communication.

In the hierarchy of needs, love stands as the supreme developing agent of the humanity of the person. As such, the teaching of love should be the central core of all early childhood curriculum with all other subjects growing naturally out of such teaching.


Human beings are the only creatures who are able to behave irrationally in the name of reason.


The doctor has been taught to be interested not in health but in disease. What the public is taught is that health is the cure for disease.


It is work, work that one delights in, that is the surest guarantor of happiness. But even here it is a work that has to be earned by labor in one's earlier years. One should labor so hard in youth that everything one does subsequently is easy by comparison.


An intelligence that is not humane is the most dangerous thing in the world .


About Ashley Montagu

Quotes 62 sayings
Nationality English
Profession Scientist
Birthday October 16

All education should be directed toward the refinement of the individual's sensibilities in relation not only to one's fellow humans everywhere, but to all living things whatsoever.


The way I change my life is to act as if I am the person I really want to be.


Love, for too many men in our time, consists of sleeping with a seductive woman, one who is properly endowed with the right distribution of curves and conveniences and one upon whom a permanent lien has been acquired through the institution of marriage.


Girls marry for love. Boys marry because of a chronic irritation that causes them to gravitate in the direction of objects with certain curvilinear properties.


It's by what you do that you communicate to others that you are deeply involved in their well being.


The whole of life is a journey toward youthful old age, toward self-contemplation, love, gaiety, and, in a fundamental sense, the most gratifying time of our lives. . . . "Old age" should be a harvest time when the riches of life are reaped and enjoyed, while it continues to be a special period for self-development and expansion.


It is not the most lovable individuals who stand more in need of love, but the most unlovable


The world is so full of wonderful things we should all, if we were taught how to appreciate it, be far richer than kings.


One goes through school, college, medical school and one's internship learning little or nothing about goodness but a good deal about success.


Scientists do not believe in fundamental and absolute certainties.

For the scientist, certainty is never an end, but a search; not the ordering of certainty, but its exploration. For the scientist, certainty represents the highest degree of probability.


Hell has been described as a pocket edition of Chicago.


I want to die young at a ripe old age.


There have been some medical schools in which somewhere along the assembly line, a faculty member has informed the students, not so much by what he said but by what he did, that there is an intimate relation between curing and caring.


Man is the only 150 pound nonlinear servomechanism that can be wholly reproduced by unskilled labor.


The scientist believes in proof without certainty, the bigot in certainty without proof.


In Victorian times the purpose of life was to develop a personality once and for all and then stand on it.


Ircumcision, an archaic ritual mutilation that has no justification whatever and no place in a civilized society.


The cultured man is an artist, an artist in humanity.


Today, while the titular head of the family may still be the father, everyone knows that he is little more than chairman, at most, of the entertainment committee.


Because women live creatively, they rarely experience the need to depict or write about that which to them is a primary experience and which men know only at a second remove. Women create naturally, men create artificially.


The deepest personal defeat suffered by human beings is constituted by the difference between what one was capable of becoming and what one has in fact become.


Stand still, close your eyes and listen;

in the silence you can hear the cries of pain and low moans of anguish of animals waiting to die... do everything you can even if today it is just one small thing. There are no excuses for inaction, despair, egotism, or petulance that matter to the animals.


Without love, intelligence is dangerous; without intelligence, love is not enough.


The indifference, callousness and contempt that so many people exhibit toward animals is evil first because it results in great suffering in animals, and second because it results in an incalculably great impoverishment of the human spirit. All education should be directed toward the refinement of the individual's sensibilities in relation not only to one's fellow humans everywhere, but to all things whatsoever.


For the person and for the species love is the form of behavior having the highest survival value.


Do we have the right to rear animals in order to kill them so that we may feed appetites in which we have been artificially conditioned from childhood?


The basic fact is simple: life begins not at birth, but conception.


The measure of man's humanity is the extent and intensity of his love for mankind.


No one should be required to see America for the first time.


The majority of people believe in incredible things which are absolutely false.

The majority of people daily act in a manner prejudicial to their general well-being.


Psychosclerosis: the hardening of the attitude which causes a person to cease dreaming, seeing, thinking, and leading.


To admit ignorance is to exhibit wisdom.


The loving touch, like music, often utters the things that cannot be spoken.


The original mixed ancestry of the Jews and their subsequent history of intermixture with every people among whom they have lived and continue to live.


The indications are that swearing preceded the development of cursing.

That is, expletives, maledictions, exclamations, and imprecations of the immediately explosive or vituperative kind preceded the speechmaking and later rituals involved in the deliberate apportioning of the fate of an enemy. Swearing of the former variety is from the lips only, but the latter is from the heart. Damn it! is not that same as Damn you!


Children are the most learning-hungry beings in the world.


The only measure of what you believe is what you do.

If you want to know what people believe, don't read what they write, don't ask what they believe, just observe what they do.

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