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  1. Always remember that you are absolutely unique. Just like everybody else.


  2. Always remember that you are absolutely unique. Just like everyone else.


  3. Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has.


  4. I've been married three times -- and each time I married the right person.




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


  6. 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.


  7. We won't have a society if we destroy the environment.


  8. Instead of needing lots of children, we need high-quality children.


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


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


  11. What people say, what people do, and what they say they do are entirely different things.


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


  13. 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.


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


  15. 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.


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


  17. We have nowhere else to go... this is all we have.


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


  19. The way to do fieldwork is never to come up for air until it is all over.


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


  21. 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.

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  22. Sooner or later I'm going to die, but I'm not going to retire.


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


  24. Women want medicore men. and men are working hard to become as medicore as possible.


  25. 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.


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


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

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  28. Man's role is uncertain, undefined, and perhaps unnecessary.


  29. 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.


  30. Thanks to television, for the first time the young are seeing history made before it is censored by their elders.



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    Children must be taught how to think, not what to think.


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    Children must be taught how to think, not what to think.


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What are the best people quotes by Margaret Mead?


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

    • different

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

    • change

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

    • change

    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.

    • age

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

    • respect

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


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What are the best children quotes by Margaret Mead?


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

    • children

    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.

    • children

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


    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.

    • age

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


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What are the best world quotes by Margaret Mead?


    Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has.

    • environmental

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

    • change

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

    • change

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


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What are the best change quotes by Margaret Mead?


    Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has.

    • environmental

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

    • change

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

    • change

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

    • activism

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    Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has.

    • environmental

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

    • change

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

    • change

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Our treatment of both older people and children reflects the value we place on independence and autonomy. We do our best to make our children independent from birth. We leave them all alone in rooms with the lights out and tell them, Go to sleep by yourselves. And the old people we respect most are the ones who will fight for their independence, who would sooner starve to death than ask for help.


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

  • women

Fathers are biological necessities, but social accidents.


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




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.


Many women, particularly young women, have claimed the right to use the most explicit sex terms, including extremely vulgar ones, in public as well as private. But it is men, far more than women, who have been liberated by this change. For now that women use these terms, men no longer need to watch their own language in the presence of women. But is this a gain for women?

  • women

Women want mediocre men, and men are working to be as mediocre as possible.

  • women

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

  • family

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.


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

  • wise

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

  • adult

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


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.

  • age

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.

  • marriage

Human nature is potentially aggressive and destructive and potentially orderly and constructive.


Having someone wonder where you are when you don't come home at night is a very old human need.


Every time we liberate a woman, we liberate a man.


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.


Having two bathrooms ruined the capacity to co-operate.


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.


Coming to terms with the rhythms of women's lives means coming to terms with life itself, accepting the imperatives of the body rather than the imperatives of an artificial, man-made, perhaps transcendentally beautiful civilization. Emphasis on the male work-rhythm is an emphasis on infinite possibilities; emphasis on the female rhythms is an emphasis on a defined pattern, on limitation.


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.


The city as a center where, any day in any year, there may be a fresh encounter with a new talent, a keen mind or a gifted specialist -- this is essential to the life of a country. To play this role in our lives a city must have a soul -- a university, a great art or music school, a cathedral or a great mosque or temple, a great laboratory or scientific center, as well as the libraries and museums and galleries that bring past and present together. A city must be a place where groups of women and men are seeking and developing the highest things they know.


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

  • activism

The negative cautions of science are never popular. If the experimentalist would not commit himself, the social philosopher, the preacher, and the pedagogue tried the harder to give a short-cut answer.

  • science

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

  • women

When human beings have been fascinated by the contemplation of their own hearts, the more intricate biological pattern of the female has become a model for the artist, the mystic, and the saint. When mankind turns instead to what can be done, altered, built, invented, in the outer world, all natural properties of men, animals, or metals become handicaps to be altered rather than clues to be followed.


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.

  • age

Each home has been reduced to the bare essentials -- to barer essentials than most primitive people would consider possible. Only one woman's hands to feed the baby, answer the telephone, turn off the gas under the pot that is boiling over, soothe the older child who has broken a toy, and open both doors at once. She is a nutritionist, a child psychologist, an engineer, a production manager, an expert buyer, all in one. Her husband sees her as free to plan her own time, and envies her; she sees him as having regular hours and envies him.


The prophet who fails to present a bearable alternative and yet preaches doom is part of the trap that he postulates. Not only does he picture us caught in a tremendous man-made or God-made trap from which there is no escape, but we must also listen to him day in, day out, describe how the trap is inexorably closing. To such prophecies the human race, as presently bred and educated and situated, is incapable of listening. So some dance and some immolate themselves as human torches; some take drugs and some artists spill their creativity in sets of randomly placed dots on a white ground.


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.

  • city

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.


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.

  • women

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?


Our humility rest upon a series of learned behaviors, woven together into patterns that are infinitely fragile and never directly inherited.


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