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MARGARET MEAD
American anthropologist and author
(1901 - 1978)

Because of their age long training in human relations for that is what feminine intuition really is women have a special contribution to make any group enterprise.
      - [Intuition]

Having someone wonder where you are when you don't come home at night is a very old human need.
      - [Questions]

Having two bathrooms ruined the capacity to cooperate.
      - [Cooperation]

Humanity . . . lies in man's capacity to question the known and imagine the unknown.
      - [Humanity]

I have a respect for manners as such, they are a way of dealing with people you don't agree with or like.
      - [Manners]

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.
      - [Behavior]

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

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

Never doubt that a small, group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.
      - [Change]

No matter how many communes anybody invents, the family always creeps in.
      - [Family]

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

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.
      - [Potential]

We will be a better country when each religious group can trust its members to obey the dictates of their own religious faith without assistance from the legal structure of the country.
      - [Religion]

We won't have a society if we destroy the environment.
      - [Environment]

Women want mediocre men, and men are working hard to be as mediocre as possible.
      - [Mediocrity]

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.
      - Sex and Temperament in Three Primitive Societies
        [Society]


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