26 Margaret Mead Quotes
1901 - 1978
Find words of wisdom in these famous Margaret Mead quotes. She
was born in Philadelphia, PA, USA. She was an
cultural anthropologist and an author on the topic.
Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens
can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has.
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To understand personality it is necessary to study character formation.
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I do not believe in using women in combat, because females are too fierce.
Always remember that you are absolutely unique. Just like everyone else.
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In the contemporary world we face a crisis which man must
surmount if he is to survive. On every hand there are loud cries
that solutions to our present dilemma should be sought consciously
and energetically. Many of those who make such demands have
little understanding of the ways in which the search for solutions
can be undertaken, and they fail to recognize that innovations
in the field of human behavior require conditions which are
different from those necessary for innovations in the natural
sciences or in technology.
I argue that among the conditions which make it possible for a man
of exceptional ability, that type of exceptional ability which we call genius,
to make a contribution to cultural change is the special composition of
the cluster of individuals with whom he interacts and through whom he
interacts also with others.
We, mankind, stand at the center of an evolutionary crisis, with a
new evolutionary device, our consciousness of the crisis, as our unique
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The choice of problem in science is never entirely free from influences
from the wider world of public opinion. As science becomes
more a recognized part of life and less a separate compartment for
the private and special inquiries of those who are mysteriously
dedicated to their esoteric endeavors, the connection between
scientific direction and society will become greater.
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.
Unlike a report on a piece of field work, which stands forever as a
valuable record if carried out with fidelity to the scientific canons of the day,
an adventure in theory which really relies on materials and is not merely
imposed upon them is, in one sense, only as good as the original materials.
In the year 2010 we will still be asking new questions,
questions raised by the other human sciences, questions grown
urgent in the light of new forms of social organization,
on this earth and perhaps on other planets. There will be no primitive
peoples left to study: there will be a few anthropologists who studied
primitive cultures in their youth, who can be asked to help reorganize
the existing materials in a way that may be fruitful.
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.
Theory cannot be read backwards. It is as much a task to place
oneself intellectually twenty-five years back as it is to place oneself
within another culture, and it is an activity which is equally anthropological
in the intellectual elasticity it requires. But if one learns to do this,
then the struggles of an earlier age become available at another level,
and as students learn from the history of the natural sciences,
so also they can learn from the youth of the human sciences.
I learned the value of hard work by working hard.
One of the pleasant by-products of publication in paperbacks is the
opportunity it provides for second thoughts.
In fact, anthropology is a field in which the original statements
describing primitive peoples can stand forever; for the peoples we
have described will have changed so much that no restudy of their lives
can introduce very many corrections into the record of what they once were.
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 Korean War marked a turning point in American attitudes
towards marriage and the family and established as a permanent
trend what we had regarded as a Second World War adjustment.
While a few of us were aware of the tremendous alterations
in man's relationship to man that had been set in motion by the
new forms of communication, the discovery and use of nuclear weapons,
the growing strength of communist evangelism, and the growth of population
all over the world, public opinion had not yet reckoned with these problems.
Sister is probably the most competitive relationship within the family,
but once the sisters are grown, it becomes the strongest relationship.
The solution to adult problems tomorrow depends on large measure
upon how our children grow up today.
What the world needs is not romantic lovers who are sufficient unto
themselves, but husbands and wives who live in communities,
relate to other people, carry on useful work and willingly give time
and attention to their children.
The young, free to act on their initiative, can lead their elders
in the direction of the unknown... The children, the young,
must ask the questions that we would never think to ask,
but enough trust must be re-established so that the elders
will be permitted to work with them on the answers.
We won't have a society if we destroy the environment.
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?
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In each age there is a series of pressing questions which
must be asked and answered. On the correctness of the questions
depends the survival of those who ask; on the quality of the answers
depends the quality of the life those survivors will lead.
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