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.

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