If you can't swallow your pride, you can't lead. Even the highest mountain had animals that step on it.— Jack Weatherford
Scandalous Anthropology quotations
The essence of cross-cultural communication has more to do with releasing responses than with sending messages. It is more important to release the right response than to send the right message.
Everything that is really Mexican is either Aztec or Spanish.
There is no such thing as race. None. There is just a human race - scientifically, anthropologically. Racism is a construct, a social construct... it has a social function, racism.
The major problems in the world are the result of the difference between how nature works and the way people think.
The purpose of anthropology is to make the world safe for human differences.
The freedom to make and remake our cities and ourselves is, I want to argue, one of the most precious yet most neglected of our human rights.
The message is that all things are connected.
We have animal aspects, anthropological aspects, plant-animal aspects.
The least questioned assumptions are often the most questionable.
The last thing a fish would ever notice would be water.
Anthropology is the most humanistic of the sciences and the most scientific of the humanities.
Commitment, belief and positive attitude are all important if you're going to be a success, whether you're in sports, in business or, as in my case, anthropology.
Football is not a game but a religion, a metaphysical island of fundamental truth in a highly verbalized, disguised society, a throwback of 30,000 generations of anthropological time.
If we put together all that we have learned from anthropology and ethnography about primitive men and primitive society, we perceive that the first task of life is to live. Men begin with acts, not with thoughts.
Has feminism made us all more conscious? I think it has.
Feminist critiques of anthropological masculine bias have been quite important, and they have increased my sensitivity to that kind of issue
We can reproduce within our own minds the way that the world is put together for other people. This is the extraordinary privilege and adventure of anthropology.
If you want to be an anthropologist, you need to study physical anthropology specialized in bones. If you want to be a forensic chemist, get a degree in chemistry. Do you want to do DNA work? Get a degree in microbiology. And do well. Study hard and go to graduate school.
Anthropology is the science which tells us that people are the same the whole world over-except when they are different.
I find anthropology is a marvellous discipline to shock me out of my own world into another world.
History is, strictly speaking, the study of questions;
the study of answers belongs to anthropology and sociology.
Anthropology found its Galileo in Rivers, its Newton in Mauss.
Man is a multi-sensorial being. Occasionally he verbalizes … and we must seriously examine the implications of the fact that man does not communicate by word alone.
No contact with savage Indian tribes has ever daunted me more than the morning I spent with an old lady swathed in woolies who compared herself to a rotten herring encased in a block of ice.
If there were a science of human beings it would be anthropology that aims at understanding the totality of experience through structural context.
History is preoccupied with fundamental processes of change.
If you are allergic to these processes, you abandon history and take cover in the social sciences. Today anthropology, sociology, etc, flourish. History is sick. But then our society too is sick
Cultural anthropology is not valuable because it uncovers the archaic in the psychological sense. It is valuable because it is constantly rediscovering the normal.
The task of the modern era was the realization and humanization of God – the transformation and dissolution of theology into anthropology.
Anthropology never has had a distinct subject matter, and because it doesn't have a real method, there's a great deal of anxiety over what it is
Anthropology has reached that point of development where the careful investigation of facts shakes our firm belief in the far-reaching theories that have been built up. The complexity of each phenomenon dawns on our minds, and makes us desirous of proceeding more cautiously. Heretofore we have seen the features common to all human thought
Younger anthropologists have the notion that anthropology is too diverse.
The number of things done under the name of anthropology is just infinite; you can do anything and call it anthropology
In my introductory course, Anthropology 160, the Forms of Folklore, I try to show the students what the major and minor genres of folklore are, and how they can be analyzed.
I hope I may have succeeded in presenting to you, however imperfectly, the currents of thought due to the work of the immortal Darwin which have helped to make anthropology what it is at the present time
The magnificent title of the Functional School of Anthropology has been bestowed on myself, in a way on myself, and to a large extent out of my own sense of irresponsibility.
Social media is less about technology and more about anthropology, sociology, and ethnography.
Does the evolutionary doctrine clash with religious faith? It does not.
It is a blunder to mistake the Holy Scriptures for elementary textbooks of astronomy, geology, biology, and anthropology.