Margaret Mead

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Margaret Mead (December 16, 1901 – November 15, 1978) was an American cultural anthropologist who featured frequently as an author and speaker in the mass media during the 1960s and 1970s. She earned her bachelor's degree at Barnard College in New York City and her M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from Columbia University. Mead was a respected and often controversial academic who popularized the insights of anthropology in modern American and Western culture. Her reports detailing the attitudes towards sex in South Pacific and Southeast Asian traditional cultures influenced the 1960s sexual revolution. She was a proponent of broadening sexual mores within a context of traditional Western religious life.

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Margaret Mead #Time

Photo of Margaret Mead Life in the twentieth century is like a parachute jump: you have to get it right the first time.
Margaret Mead #Age #Learning #Work

Photo of Margaret Mead 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.
Margaret Mead #Age

Photo of Margaret Mead 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.
Margaret Mead #Age #Religion

Photo of Margaret Mead Instead of being presented with stereotypes by age, sex, color, class, or religion, children must have the opportunity to learn that within each range, some people are loathsome and some are delightful.
Margaret Mead #Love

Photo of Margaret Mead Prayer does not use up artificial energy, doesn't burn up any fossil fuel, doesn't pollute. Neither does song, neither does love, neither does the dance.
Margaret Mead #Change

Photo of Margaret Mead Never believe that a few caring people can't change the world. For, indeed, that's all who ever have.
Margaret Mead #Change

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

Photo of Margaret Mead Fathers are biological necessities, but social accidents.
Margaret Mead #Environmental #Society

Photo of Margaret Mead We won't have a society if we destroy the environment.
Margaret Mead #Family #Relationship

Photo of Margaret Mead Sister is probably the most competitive relationship within the family, but once the sisters are grown, it becomes the strongest relationship.
Margaret Mead #Family

Photo of Margaret Mead 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 #Funny

Photo of Margaret Mead Always remember that you are absolutely unique. Just like everyone else.
Margaret Mead #Change #Environmental

Photo of Margaret Mead Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world indeed, it's the only thing that ever has.
Margaret Mead #Home

Photo of Margaret Mead One of the oldest human needs is having someone to wonder where you are when you don't come home at night.
Margaret Mead #Learning #Work

Photo of Margaret Mead I learned the value of hard work by working hard.
Margaret Mead #Men #Women

Photo of Margaret Mead Women want mediocre men, and men are working to be as mediocre as possible.
Margaret Mead #Women

Photo of Margaret Mead Many societies have educated their male children on the simple device of teaching them not to be women.
Margaret Mead #Success

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

Photo of Margaret Mead Every time we liberate a woman, we liberate a man.
Margaret Mead #Women

Photo of Margaret Mead I do not believe in using women in combat, because females are too fierce.
Margaret Mead #Fear

Photo of 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 #Food

Photo of Margaret Mead 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 #History #Time

Photo of Margaret Mead For the very first time the young are seeing history being made before it is censored by their elders.
Margaret Mead #History #Thankful #Time

Photo of Margaret Mead Thanks to television, for the first time the young are seeing history made before it is censored by their elders.
Margaret Mead #Nature

Photo of Margaret Mead Human nature is potentially aggressive and destructive and potentially orderly and constructive.