Margaret Mead

Margaret Mead

Margaret Mead (December 16, 1901 – November 15, 1978) was an American cultural anthropologist who featured frequently as an author and speaker in the mass media during the 1960s and 1970s. Mead was a respected and often controversial academic who popularized the insights of anthropology in modern American and Western culture.

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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.

And when our baby stirs and struggles to be born it compels humility: what we began is now its own.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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

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

Fathers are biological necessities but social accidents.

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

I learned the value of hard work by working hard.

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

Man's role is uncertain undefined and perhaps unnecessary.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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.

Having two bathrooms ruined the capacity to co-operate.

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

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

Every time we liberate a woman we liberate a man.

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.