Quotations From MARGARET MEAD

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  • 1.
    Sisters is probably the most competitive relationship within the family, but once the sisters are grown, it becomes the strongest relationship.
    Margaret Mead (1901-1978), U.S. anthropologist. As quoted in Woman to Woman by Julia Gilden and Mark Riedman (1994).

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  • 2.
    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.
    Margaret Mead (1901-1978), U.S. anthropologist. World Enough, ch. 2 (1975).

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    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.
    Margaret Mead (1901-1978), U.S. anthropologist. Quoted in New Realities (June 1978).

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    If I were to be taken hostage, I would not plead for release nor would I want my government to be blackmailed. I think certain government officials, industrialists and celebrated persons should make it clear they are prepared to be sacrificed if taken hostage. If that were done, what gain would there be for terrorists in taking hostages?
    Margaret Mead (1901-1978), U.S. anthropologist. Quoted in Parade (New York, May 20, 1979).
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    If you associate enough with older people who do enjoy their lives, who are not stored away in any golden ghettos, you will gain a sense of continuity and of the possibility for a full life.
    Margaret Mead (1901-1978), U.S. anthropologist. Quoted in Family Circle (July 26, 1977).

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  • 6.
    I was brought up to believe that the only thing worth doing was to add to the sum of accurate information in the world.
    Margaret Mead (1901-1978), U.S. anthropologist. New York Times (August 9, 1964).

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  • 7.
    The mind is not sex-typed.
    Margaret Mead (1901-1978), U.S. anthropologist. Blackberry Winter, ch. 5 (1972).
  • 8.
    The negative cautions of science are never popular. If the experimentalist would not commit himself, the social philosopher, the preacher, and the pedagogue tried the harder to give a short- cut answer.
    Margaret Mead (1901-1978), U.S. anthropologist. Coming of Age in Samoa, ch. 1 (1928).

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  • 9.
    The liberals have not softened their view of actuality to make themselves live closer to the dream, but instead sharpen their perceptions and fight to make the dream actuality or give up the battle in despair.
    Margaret Mead (1901-1978), U.S. anthropologist. Male and Female, ch. 12 (1949).

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  • 10.
    People in America, of course, live in all sorts of fashions, because they are foreigners, or unlucky, or depraved, or without ambition; people live like that, but Americans live in white detached houses with green shutters. Rigidly, blindly, the dream takes precedence.
    Margaret Mead (1901-1978), U.S. anthropologist. Male and Female, ch. 12 (1949).

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