110+ Margaret Mead Quotes On Education, Civilization And Death

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  1. Always remember that you are absolutely unique. Just like everyone else.
  2. Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has.
  3. Always remember that you are absolutely unique. Just like everybody else.
  4. Prayer does not use up artificial energy, doesn't burn up any fossil fuel, doesn't pollute. Neither does song, neither does love, neither does the dance.
  5. Children must be taught how to think, not what to think.
  6. I do not believe in using women in combat, because females are too fierce.
  7. If you associate enough with older people who do enjoy their lives, who are not stored away in any golden ghettos, you will gain a sense of continuity and of the possibility for a full life.
  8. Never depend upon institutions or government to solve any problem. All social movements are founded by, guided by, motivated and seen through by the passion of individuals.
  9. Every time we liberate a woman, we liberate a man.
  10. A small group of thoughtful people could change the world.

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Always remember that you are absolutely unique. Just like everybody else. — Margaret Mead

 quote Children must be taught how to think, not what to think.
Children must be taught how to think, not what to think.
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I do not believe in using women in combat, because females are too fierce. — Margaret Mead

 quote Children must be taught how to think, not what to think.
Children must be taught how to think, not what to think.
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Every time we liberate a woman, we liberate a man. — Margaret Mead

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A small group of thoughtful people could change the world. — Margaret Mead

Margaret Mead Short Quotes

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  • We won't have a society if we destroy the environment.
  • I've been married three times -- and each time I married the right person.
  • The way to do fieldwork is never to come up for air until it is all over.
  • Man's role is uncertain, undefined, and perhaps unnecessary.
  • Human nature is potentially aggressive and destructive and potentially orderly and constructive.
  • Sooner or later I'm going to die, but I'm not going to retire.
  • Women want mediocre men, and men are working to be as mediocre as possible.
  • We have nowhere else to go... this is all we have.
  • If a fish were an anthropologist, the last thing it would discover would be water.
  • Having two bathrooms ruined the capacity to co-operate.
 quote Never doubt a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world
Never doubt a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has.

Margaret Mead Quotes On Education

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Many societies have educated their male children on the simple device of teaching them not to be women. — Margaret Mead

My grandmother wanted me to get a good education, so she kept me as far away from schools as possible. — Margaret Mead

We are now at a point where we must educate our children in what no one knew yesterday, and prepare our schools for what no one knows yet. — Margaret Mead

The most extraordinary thing about a really good teacher is that he or she transcends accepted educational methods. Such methods are designed to help average teachers approximate the performance of good teachers. — Margaret Mead

Man's most human characteristic is not his ability to learn, which he shares with many other species, but his ability to teach and store what others have developed and taught him. — Margaret Mead

I approached the idea of college with the expectation of taking part in an intellectual feast. ... In college, in some way that I devoutly believed in but could not explain, I expected to become a person. — Margaret Mead

An education not founded on Art will never succeed. — Margaret Mead

Children not only have to learn what their parents learned in school, but also have to learn how to learn. This has to be recognized as a new problem which is only partly solved. — Margaret Mead

Margaret Mead Quotes On Civilization

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we came to realize that a civilization which rode roughshod over the way of life of other peoples was incorporating evil in its own way of life. — Margaret Mead

I have tried to answer the question which sent me to Samoa: Are the disturbances which vex our adolescents due to the nature of adolescence itself or to the civilization? Under different conditions does adolescence present a different picture? — Margaret Mead

Because our civilization is woven of so many diverse strands, the ideas which any one group accepts will be found to contain numerous contradictions. — Margaret Mead

Margaret Mead Quotes On Change

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Never believe that a few caring people can't change the world. For, indeed, that's all who ever have. — Margaret Mead

Never underestimate the ability of a small group of committed individuals to change the world. — Margaret Mead

In the modern world we have invented ways of speeding up invention, and people's lives change so fast that a person is born into one kind of world, grows up in another, and by the time his children are growing up, lives in still a different world — Margaret Mead

It is easier to change a man's religion than to change his diet. — Margaret Mead

Never ever depend on governments or institutions to solve any major problems. All social change comes from the passion of individuals. — Margaret Mead

A small group of thoughtful people could change the world. Indeed, it's the only thing that ever has. — Margaret Mead

All social change comes from the passion of individuals. — Margaret Mead

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has. — Margaret Mead

No one will live all his life in the world into which he was born and no one will die in the world in which he worked in his maturity. — Margaret Mead

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has. — Margaret Mead

Margaret Mead Quotes On Love

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What is new is not bisexuality, but rather the widening of our awareness and acceptance of human capacities for sexual love. — Margaret Mead

What the world needs is not romantic lovers who are sufficient unto themselves, but husbands and wives who live in communities, relate to other people, carry on useful work and willingly give time and attention to their children. — Margaret Mead

Any town that doesn't have sidewalks doesn't love its children. — Margaret Mead

As the traveler who has once been from home is wiser than he who has never left his own doorstep, so a knowledge of one other culture should sharpen our ability to scrutinize more steadily, to appreciate more lovingly, our own. — Margaret Mead

The closest friends I made all through life have been people who also grew up close to a loved and loving grandmother or grandfather. — Margaret Mead

Jealousy is not a barometer by which the depth of love can be read, it merely records the degree of the lover's insecurity. — Margaret Mead

Monogamous heterosexual love is probably one of the most difficult, complex and demanding of human relationships. — Margaret Mead

Love is the invention of a few high cultures ... it is cultural artifact. To make love the requirement of a lifelong marriage is exceedingly difficult, and only a few people can achieve it. I don't believe in setting universal standards that a large proportion of people can't reach. — Margaret Mead

Loving you is just like breathing, as effortless, and as lovely. — Margaret Mead

Laughter is man's most distinctive emotional expression. Man shares the capacity for love and hate, anger and fear, loyalty and grief, with other living creatures. But humour, which has an intellectual as well as an emotional element belongs to man — Margaret Mead

Margaret Mead Quotes On People

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We are living beyond our means. As a people we have developed a life-style that is draining the earth of its priceless and irreplaceable resources without regard for the future of our children and people all around the world. — Margaret Mead

...recognize and respect Earth's beautiful systems of balance, between the presence of animals on land, the fish in the sea, birds in the air, mankind, water, air, and land. Most importantly there must always be awareness of the actions by people that can disturb this precious balance. — Margaret Mead

What people say, what people do, and what they say they do are entirely different things. — Margaret Mead

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. — Margaret Mead

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. — Margaret Mead

I have a respect for manners as such, they are a way of dealing with people you don't agree with or like. — Margaret Mead

Young people are moving away from feeling guilty about sleeping with somebody to feeling guilty if they are *not* sleeping with someone. — Margaret Mead

I was wise enough to never grow up while fooling most people into believing I had. — Margaret Mead

Somehow, we have to get older people back close to growing children if we are to restore a sense of community, acquire knowledge of the past, and provide a sense of the future. — Margaret Mead

The young, free to act on their initiative, can lead their elders in the direction of the unknown... The children, the young, must ask the questions that we would never think to ask, but enough trust must be re-established so that the elders will be permitted to work with them on the answers. — Margaret Mead

Margaret Mead Quotes On World

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I was brought up to believe that the only thing worth doing was to add to the sum of accurate information in the world. — Margaret Mead

There is no more creative force in the world than the menopausal woman with zest. — Margaret Mead

There is no greater power in the world than the zest of a postmenopausal woman. — Margaret Mead

Living in the modern world, clothed and muffled, forced to convey our sense of our bodies in terms of remote symbols like walking sticks and umbrellas and handbags, it is easy to lose sight of the immediacy of the human body plan. — Margaret Mead

All of us who grew up before World War II are immigrants in time, immigrants from an earlier world, living in an age essentially different from anything we knew before. — Margaret Mead

Life is in one of its smoother phases ... I've no responsibilities in the world except friends and students and cherishing the life of the world -- and the belief that there is enough love to go round. — Margaret Mead

Wonder is very important, because if we never wondered, we would never get to the point of asking questions. Yet wonder may lead people to write poetry or to paint pictures or to pray, as well as to ask the kinds of questions about the world and themselves that can be answered by science. — Margaret Mead

In our contemporary world, no one can think or work with a single picture of what a family is. No one can fit all human behavior, all thought and feeling, into a single pattern. — Margaret Mead

Where we choose to put our attention changes our brain, which in time can change how we see and interact with the world. — Margaret Mead

We are at a point in history where a proper attention to space, and especially near space, may be absolutely crucial in bringing the world together. — Margaret Mead

Margaret Mead Quotes On Children

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Everyone needs to have access both to grandparents and grandchildren in order to be a full human being. — Margaret Mead

The solution to adult problems tomorrow depends on large measure upon how our children grow up today. — Margaret Mead

Samoa culture demonstrates how much the tragic or the easy solution of the Oedipus situation depends upon the inter-relationship between parents and children, and is not created out of whole cloth by the young child's biological impulses. — Margaret Mead

Our human situation no longer permits us to make armed dichotomies between those who are good and those who are evil, those who are right and those who are wrong. The first blow dealt to the enemy's children will sign the death warrant of our own. — Margaret Mead

Instead of needing lots of children, we need high-quality children. — Margaret Mead

One of the most dangerous things that can happen to a child is to kill or torture an animal and get away with it. — Margaret Mead

I discovered when I had a child of my own that I had become a biased observer of small children. Instead of looking at them with affectionate but nonpartisan eyes, I saw each of them as older or younger, bigger or smaller, more or less graceful, intelligent, or skilled than my own child. — Margaret Mead

If we are to give our utmost effort and skill and enthusiasm, we must believe in ourselves, which means believing in our past and in our future, in our parents and in our children, in that particular blend of moral purpose and practical inventiveness which is the American character. — Margaret Mead

[Among the Arapeh... both father and mother are held responsible for child care by the entire community...] If one comments upon a middle-aged man as good-looking, the people answer: 'Good-looking? Ye-e-e-s? But you should have seen him before he bore all those children'. — Margaret Mead

to the extent that either sex is disadvantaged, the whole culture is poorer, and the sex that, superficially, inherits the earth, inherits only a very partial legacy. The more whole the culture, the more whole each member, each man, each woman, each child will be. — Margaret Mead

Margaret Mead Quotes On Life

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[In Bali] life is a rhythmic, patterned unreality of pleasant, significant movement, centered in one's own body to which all emotions long ago withdrew. — Margaret Mead

A city must be a place where groups of women and men are seeking and developing the highest things they know. — Margaret Mead

Life in the twentieth century is like a parachute jump; you have to get it right the first time. — Margaret Mead

In each age there is a series of pressing questions which must be asked and answered. On the correctness of the questions depends the survival of those who ask; on the quality of the answers depends the quality of the life those survivors will lead. — Margaret Mead

Through a grandmother's voice and hands the end of life is known at the beginning. — Margaret Mead

People are still encouraged to marry as if they could count on marriage being for life, and at the same time they are absorbing a knowledge of the great frequency of divorce. — Margaret Mead


It has been a woman's task throughout history to go on believing in life when there was almost no hope. — Margaret Mead

If sports are the toy department of life, then the NFL is the FAO Schwartz of sports. — Margaret Mead

I have spent most of my life studying the lives of other peoples - faraway peoples - so that Americans might better understand themselves. — Margaret Mead

Margaret Mead Famous Quotes And Sayings

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Always remember that you are absolutely unique. Just like everybody else. — Margaret Mead

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. — Margaret Mead

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I do not believe in using women in combat, because females are too fierce. — Margaret Mead

quote by Margaret Mead

Every time we liberate a woman, we liberate a man. — Margaret Mead

quote by Margaret Mead

A small group of thoughtful people could change the world. — Margaret Mead

Sister is probably the most competitive relationship within the family, but once the sisters are grown, it becomes the strongest relationship. — Margaret Mead

No country that permits firearms to be widely and randomly distributed among its population - especially firearms that are capable of wounding and killing human beings - can expect to escape violence, and a great deal of violence. — Margaret Mead

We may say that many, if not all, of the personality traits which we have called masculine or feminine are as lightly linked to sex as are the clothing, the manners, and the form of headdress that a society at a given period assigns to either sex. — Margaret Mead

There is no hierarchy of values by which one culture has the right to insist on all its own values and deny those of another. — Margaret Mead

A woman, even a brilliant woman, must have two qualities in order to fulfill her promise: more energy than mere mortals, and the ability to outwit her culture. — Margaret Mead

It is an open question whether any behavior based on fear of eternal punishment can be regarded as ethical or should be regarded as merely cowardly. — 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. — Margaret Mead

I must admit that I personally measure success in terms of the contributions an individual makes to her or his fellow human beings. — Margaret Mead

Everybody's suffering is mine but not everybody's murdering ... I do not distinguish for one moment whether my child is in danger or a child in central Asia. But I will not accept responsibility for what other people do because I happen to belong to that nation or that race or that religion. I do not believe in guilt by association. — Margaret Mead

Our humanity rests upon a series of learned behaviors, woven together into patterns that are infinitely fragile and never directly inherited. — Margaret Mead

One of the oldest human needs is having someone wonder where you are when you don't come home at night. — Margaret Mead

The time has come, I think, when we must recognize bisexuality as a normal form of human behavior... we shall not really succeed in discarding the straitjacket of our cultural beliefs about sexual choice if we fail to come to terms with the well-documented, normal human capacity to love members of both sexes. — Margaret Mead

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. — Margaret Mead

The assumption that men were created equal, with an equal ability to make an effort and win an earthly reward, although denied every day by experience, is maintained every day by our folklore and our daydreams. — Margaret Mead

What we lack is not so much leisure to do as time to reflect and time to feel. What we seldom "take" is time to experience the things that have happened, the things that are happening, the things that are still ahead of us. — Margaret Mead

Don't depend on governments or corporations to fix problems. Social revolutions are led by passionate individuals and that's what makes the difference. — Margaret Mead

We must recognize that beneath the superficial classifications of sex and race the same potentialities exist, recurring generation after generation, only to perish because society has no place for them. — Margaret Mead

We will be a better country when each religious group can trust its members to obey the dictates of their own religious faith without assistance from the legal structure of the country. — Margaret Mead

It may be necessary temporarily to accept a lesser evil, but one must never label a necessary evil as good. — Margaret Mead

Between friends there is no bribery. ... the relationship of friends is intrinsically fair and equal. Neither feels stronger or more clever or more beautiful than the other. — Margaret Mead

human beings seem to hold on more tenaciously to a cultural identity that is learned through suffering than to one that has been acquired through pleasure and delight. — Margaret Mead

This is a precious possession which we cannot afford to tarnish, but society always is attempting to make the physician into a killer to kill the defective child at birth, to leave the sleeping pills beside the bed of the cancer patient ... It is the duty of society to protect the physicians from such requests. — Margaret Mead

The important thing about women today is, as they get older, they still keep house. It's one reason why they don't die, but men die when they retire. Women just polish the teacups. — Margaret Mead

Because of their age long training in human relations for that is what feminine intuition really is women have a special contribution to make any group enterprise. — Margaret Mead

Our first and most pressing problem is how to do away with warfare as a method of solving conflicts between national groups within a society who have different views about how the society is to run. — Margaret Mead

Dear Math, please grow up and solve your own problems. I'm tired of solving them for you. Always remember that you are absolutely unique. Just like everyone else. — Margaret Mead

Grandparents are given a second chance to enjoy parenthood with fewer of its tribulations and anxieties. — Margaret Mead

Earth Day is the first holy day...and is devoted to the harmony of nature... The celebration offends no historical calendar, yet it transcends them all. — Margaret Mead

It was not until we saw the picture of the earth, from the moon, that we realized how small and how helpless this planet is - something that we must hold in our arms and care for. — Margaret Mead

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

No matter how many communes anybody invents, the family always creeps back. — Margaret Mead

For the very first time the young are seeing history being made before it is censored by their elders. — Margaret Mead

The anonymity of the city is one of its strengths as well as - carried too far - one of its weaknesses. — Margaret Mead

The pains of childbirth were altogether different from the enveloping effects of other kinds of pain. These were pains one could follow with one's mind. — Margaret Mead

The way in which each human infant is transformed into the finished adult, into the complicated individual version of his city and his century is one of the most fascinating studies open to the curious minded. — Margaret Mead

Blackberry winter, the time when the hoarforst lies on the blackberry blossoms; without this frost the berries will not set. It is the forerunner of a rich harvest. — Margaret Mead

The prophet who fails to present a bearable alternative and yet preaches doom is part of the trap that he postulates. — Margaret Mead

Leisure and the cultivation of human capacities are inextricably interdependent. — Margaret Mead

Each suburban housewife spends her time presiding over a power plant sufficient to have staffed the palace of a Roman emperor with a hundred slaves. — Margaret Mead

Of all the peoples whom I have studied, from city dwellers to cliff dwellers, I always find that at least 50 percent would prefer to have at least one jungle between themselves and their mothers-in-law. — Margaret Mead

Contentment can be bought at a price that one can not possibly pay. — Margaret Mead

Fathers are biological necessities, but social accidents. — Margaret Mead

The atmosphere is the key symbol of global interdependence. — Margaret Mead

EARTH DAY uses one of humanity's great discoveries, the discovery of anniversaries by which, throughout time, human beings have kept their sorrows and their joys, their victories, their revelations and their obligations alive, for re-celebration and re-dedication another year, another decade, another century, another eon. — Margaret Mead

I had no reason to doubt that brains were suitable for a woman. — Margaret Mead

It is typical, in America, that a person's hometown is not the place where he is living now but is the place he left behind. — Margaret Mead

American society is very like a fish society. . . . Among certain species of fish, the only thing which determines order of dominance is length of time in the fishbowl. The oldest resident picks on the newest resident, and if the newest resident is removed to a new bowl, he, as oldest resident, will pick on the newcomers. — Margaret Mead

laughter, that distinctively human emotion, laughter which springs from trust in the other, from willingness to put oneself momentarily in the other's place, even at one's own expense, is the special emotional basis of democratic procedures, just as pride is the emotion of an aristocracy, shame of a crowd that rules, and fear of a police state. — Margaret Mead

I think rigid heterosexuality is a perversion of nature. — Margaret Mead

Life Lessons by Margaret Mead

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  1. Margaret Mead taught us to be open-minded and to challenge conventional wisdom. She demonstrated that it is possible to make a difference through research and activism.
  2. Through her work, she showed us the importance of understanding different cultures and respecting the diversity of human experience.
  3. She also encouraged us to think critically and to use our knowledge to make positive changes in the world.

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