Margaret Mead

(1901_1978 / Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)

Margaret Mead Quotes

  • ''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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  • ''The mind is not sex-typed.''
    Margaret Mead (1901-1978), U.S. anthropologist. Blackberry Winter, ch. 5 (1972).
  • ''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).
  • ''A society which is clamoring for choice, which is filled with many articulate groups, each urging its own brand of salvation, its own variety of economic philosophy, will give each new generation no peace until all have chosen or gone under, unable to bear the conditions of choice. The stress is in our civilization.''
    Margaret Mead (1901-1978), U.S. anthropologist. Coming of Age in Samoa, ch. 14 (1928).
  • ''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 (1901-1978), U.S. anthropologist. Coming of Age in Samoa, introduction (1928).
  • ''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).
  • ''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).
  • ''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).
  • ''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).
  • ''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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Remember Me

Remember Me:
To the living, I am gone.
To the sorrowful, I will never return.
To the angry, I was cheated,
But to the happy, I am at peace,
And to the faithful, I have never left.
I cannot be seen, but I can be heard.
So as you stand upon a shore, gazing at a beautiful sea - remember me.
As you look in awe at a mighty forest and its grand majesty - remember me.
As you look upon a flower and admire its simplicity - remember me.
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Remember Me

Remember Me:
To the living, I am gone.
To the sorrowful, I will never return.
To the angry, I was cheated,
But to the happy, I am at peace,
And to the faithful, I have never left.
I cannot be seen, but I can be heard.
So as you stand upon a shore, gazing at a beautiful sea - remember me.
As you look in awe at a mighty forest and its grand majesty - remember me.

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