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Margaret Mead
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We end up with the contradictory picture of a society that appears to throw its doors wide open to women, but translates her every step towards success as having been damaging. Margaret Mead

Ninety-nine percent of the time humans have lived on this planet we've lived in tribes, groups of 12 to 36 people. Only during times of war, or what we have now, which is the psychological equivalent of war, does the nuclear family prevail, because it's the most mobile unit that can ensure the survival of the species. But for the full flowering of the human spirit we need groups, tribes. Margaret Mead

I don't consider my marriages as failures! It's idiotic to assume that because a marriage ends, it's failed. Margaret Mead

The most extraordinary thing about a really good teacher is that he or she transcends accepted educational methods. Such methods are designed to help average teachers approximate the performance of good teachers. Margaret Mead

The most intractable problem today is not pollution or technology or war; but the lack of belief that the future is very much in the hands of the individual. Margaret Mead

Pigs and cows and chickens and people are all competing for grain. Margaret Mead

Between friends there is no bribery. ... the relationship of friends is intrinsically fair and equal. Neither feels stronger or more clever or more beautiful than the other. Margaret Mead

I suddenly realized that through no act of my own I had become biologically related to a new human being. Margaret Mead

Sometimes, instead of helping people to advance, a discovery or an invention holds them back. Margaret Mead

We know of no culture that has said, articulately, that there is no difference between men and women except in the way they contribute to the creation of the next generation. Margaret Mead

For the human species to evolve, the conversation must deepen. Margaret Mead

We are at a point in history where a proper attention to space, and especially near space, may be absolutely crucial in bringing the world together. Margaret Mead

Historically our own culture has relied for the creation of rich and contrasting values upon many artificial distinctions, the most striking of which is sex.... 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. Margaret Mead

Female animals defending their young are notoriously ferocious and lack the playful delight in combat which characterizes the mock combats of males of the same species. There seems very little ground for claiming that the mother of young children is more peaceful, more responsible, and more thoughtful for the welfare of the human race than is her husband or brother. Margaret Mead

[In Bali] life is a rhythmic, patterned unreality of pleasant, significant movement, centered in one's own body to which all emotions long ago withdrew. Margaret Mead

In every human society of which we have any record, there are those who teach and those who learn, for learning a way of life is implicit in all human culture as we know it. But the separation of the teacher's role from the role of all adults who inducted the young into the habitual behavior of the group, was a comparatively late invention. Furthermore, when we do find explicit and defined teaching, in primitive societies we find it tied in with a sense of the rareness or the precariousness of some human tradition. Margaret Mead

Orientation in time, space, and status are the essentials of social existence, and the Balinese, although they make very strong spirits for ceremonial occasions, with a few startling exceptions resist alcohol, because if one drinks one loses one's orientation. Orientation is felt as a protection rather than as a strait jacket and its loss provokes extreme anxiety. Margaret Mead

The first step in the direction of a world rule of law is the recognition that peace no longer is an unobtainable ideal but a necessary condition of continued human existence. But to take even this step we must return to a calm and responsible frame of mind in which we can face the long patient tasks ahead. Margaret Mead

Women should be permitted to volunteer for non-combat service, [...] We have no real way of knowing whether the kinds of training that teach men both courage and restraint would be adaptable to women or effective in a crisis. But the evidence of history and comparative studies of other species suggest that women as a fighting body might be far less amenable to the rules that prevent war from becoming a massacre and, with the use of modern weapons, that protect the survival of all humanity. That is what I meant by saying that women in combat might be too fierce. Margaret Mead

I learned the value of hard work by working hard. Margaret Mead

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

If one cannot state a matter clearly enough so that even an intelligent twelve-year-old can understand it, one should remain within the cloistered walls of the university and laboratory until one gets a better grasp of one's subject matter. Margaret Mead

It was not until we saw the picture of the earth, from the moon, that we realized how small and how helpless this planet is - something that we must hold in our arms and care for. Margaret Mead

Because of their age long training in human relations for that is what feminine intuition really is women have a special contribution to make any group enterprise. Margaret Mead

The atmosphere is the key symbol of global interdependence. Margaret Mead

There is no lonelier person than the one who lives with a spouse with whom he or she cannot communicate. Margaret Mead

With the exception of the few cases to be discussed in the next chapter, adolescence represented no period of crisis or stress, but was instead an orderly developing of a set of slowly maturing interests and activities. Margaret Mead

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

Human beings do not carry civilization in their genes. All that we do carry in our genes are certain capacities- the capacity to learn to walk upright, to use our brains, to speak, to relate to our fellow men, to construct and use tools, to explore the universe, and to express that exploration in religion, in art, in science, in philosophy. Margaret Mead

as the traveler who has once been from home is wiser than he who has never left his own doorstep,so a knowledge of one other culture should sharpen our ability to scrutinize more steadily , to appreciate more lovingly , our own. Margaret Mead

The United States has the power to destroy the world, but not the power to save it alone Margaret Mead

It has been a woman's task throughout history to go on believing in life when there was almost no hope. Margaret Mead

Humanity . . . lies in man's capacity to question the known and imagine the unknown. Margaret Mead

I had no reason to doubt that brains were suitable for a woman. Margaret Mead

where families suffer from disasters that are preventable, this is a measure of a whole nation's neglect. A society imperils its own future when, out of negligence or contempt, it overlooks the need of children to be reared in a family ... or when, in the midst of plenty, some families cannot give their children adequate food and shelter, safe activity and rest, and an opportunity to grow into full adulthood as people who can care for and cherish other human beings like themselves. Margaret Mead

The anonymity of the city is one of its strengths as well as - carried too far - one of its weaknesses. Margaret Mead

Cynicism is the other thing that goes with sentimentality ... Margaret Mead

An occupation that has no basis in sex-determined gifts can now recruit its ranks from twice as many potential artists. Margaret Mead

Our human situation no longer permits us to make armed dichotomies between those who are good and those who are evil, those who are right and those who are wrong. The first blow dealt to the enemy's children will sign the death warrant of our own. Margaret Mead

Sisters, while they are growing up, tend to be very rivalrous and as young mothers they are given to continual rivalrous comparisons of their several children. But once the children grow older, sisters draw closer together and often, in old age, they become each other's chosen and most happy companions. In addition to their shared memories of childhood and of their relationship to each other's children, they share memories of the same home, the same homemaking style, and the same small prejudices about housekeeping that carry the echoes of their mother's voice ... Margaret Mead

We must bear in mind the possibility that the greater opportunities open in the twentieth century to women may be quite withdrawn, and that we may return to stricter regimentation of women ... Margaret Mead

... some veil between childhood and the present is necessary. If the veil is withdrawn, the artistic imagination sickens and dies, the prophet looks in the mirror with a disillusioned and cynical sneer, the scientist goes fishing. Margaret Mead

Where we choose to put our attention changes our brain, which in time can change how we see and interact with the world. Margaret Mead

Between the layman's 'Naturally no human society' and the anthropologist's 'No known human society' lie thousands of detailed and painstaking studies, made by hurricane-lamp and firelight, by explorer and missionary and modern scientists, in many parts of the world. Margaret Mead

The time has come, I think, when we must recognize bisexuality as a normal form of human behavior... we shall not really succeed in discarding the straitjacket of our cultural beliefs about sexual choice if we fail to come to terms with the well-documented, normal human capacity to love members of both sexes. Margaret Mead

I have tried to answer the question which sent me to Samoa: Are the disturbances which vex our adolescents due to the nature of adolescence itself or to the civilization? Under different conditions does adolescence present a different picture? Margaret Mead

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

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

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

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

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

There is no hierarchy of values by which one culture has the right to insist on all its own values and deny those of another. Margaret Mead

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

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. Margaret Mead

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

In this country, some people start being miserable about growing old while they are still young. Margaret Mead

The problem with America today is that too many people know too much about not enough. Margaret Mead

The protection of a ten-year-old girl from her father's advances is a necessary condition of social order, but the protection of the father from temptation is a necessary condition of his continued social adjustment. The protections that are built up in the child against desire for the parent become the essential counterpart to the attitudes in the parent that protect the child. Margaret Mead

Man's most human characteristic is not his ability to learn, which he shares with many other species, but his ability to teach and store what others have developed and taught him. Margaret Mead

Humanity... lies in man's capacity to question the known and imagine the unknown. Margaret Mead

No matter how many communes anybody invents, the family always creeps in. Margaret Mead

Warfare... is just an invention, older and more widespread than the jury system, but none the less an invention. Margaret Mead

The capacity for friendship usually goes with highly developed civilizations. The ability to cultivate people differs by culture and class; but on the whole, educated people have more ways to make friends... . In England, for instance, you find everyone in your class has read the same books. Here, people grope for something in common-like a newly engaged girl who came to me and said, "It's absolutely wonderful! His uncle and my cousin were on the same football team. Margaret Mead

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. Margaret Mead

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. Margaret Mead

The Samoan puts the burden of amatory success upon the man and believes that women need more initiating, more time for maturing of sexual feeling. A man who fails to satisfy a woman is looked upon as a clumsy, inept blunderer. Margaret Mead


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

We must recognize that beneath the superficial classifications of sex and race the same potentialities exist, recurring generation after generation, only to perish because society has no place for them. Margaret Mead

Contentment can be bought at a price that one can not possibly pay. Margaret Mead

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