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Margaret Mead
December 16, 1901 - November 15, 1978
Nationality: American
Category: Scientist
Subcategory: American Scientist

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


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


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


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


We are now at a point where we must educate our children in what no one knew yesterday, and prepare our schools for what no one knows yet.


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.


For the very first time the young are seeing history being made before it is censored by their elders.


A small group of thoughtful people could change the world. Indeed, it's the only thing that ever has.


Life in the twentieth century is like a parachute jump: you have to get it right the first time.


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


Many societies have educated their male children on the simple device of teaching them not to be women.


As long as any adult thinks that he, like the parents and teachers of old, can become introspective, invoking his own youth to understand the youth before him, he is lost.


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


Sooner or later I'm going to die, but I'm not going to retire.


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.


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.

    Topics: Age

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


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.


I do not believe in using women in combat, because females are too fierce.


I must admit that I personally measure success in terms of the contributions an individual makes to her or his fellow human beings.


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