Saturday, July 18, 2009

Margaret Mead Quotes

Margaret Mead was an American cultural anthropologist. Born in 1901, she died in NYC in 1978. She was both respected and controversial. An adademic, a writer. Here are some of her most popular quotes

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

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

There is no greater insight into the future than recognizing...when we save our children, we save ourselves.

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.

We are continually faced with great opportunities which are brilliantly disguised as unsolvable problems.

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

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.

You know you love someone when you cannot put into words how they make you feel.

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

If the future is to remain open and free, we need people who can tolerate the unknown, who will not need the support of completely worked out systems or traditional blueprints from the past.

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

I learned to observe the world around me, and to note what I saw.

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

Women have an important contribution to make.

I used to say to my classes that the ways to get insight are: to study infants; to study animals; to study primitive people; to be psychoanalyzed; to have a religious conversion and get over it; to have a psychotic episode and get over it; or to have a love affair with an old Russian. And I stopped saying that when a little dancer in the front row put up her hand and said, 'Does he have to be old?'

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

1 comment:

  1. Some great collection about Margaret Mead quotes. I have collected many quotes from you. Thanks for sharing!!