Margaret Mead Quotes

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

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

Everyone needs to have access both to grandparents and grandchildren in order to be a full human being.

Margaret Mead

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

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

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

Anthropology requires the open-mindedness with which one must look and listen, record in astonishment and wonder that which one would not have been able to guess.

Margaret Mead

It may be necessary temporarily to accept a lesser evil, but one must never label a necessary evil as good.

Margaret Mead

Man's role is uncertain, undefined, and perhaps unnecessary.

Margaret Mead

Leisure and the cultivation of human capacities are inextricably interdependent.

Margaret Mead
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