Margaret Mead Quotes

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Every time we liberate a woman, we liberate a man.
— Margaret Mead

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


No matter how many communes anybody invents, the family always creeps back.
— Margaret Mead


Women want mediocre men, and men are working hard to become as mediocre as possible.
— Margaret Mead


Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world.
— Margaret Mead

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

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


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


Keeping even the most humble talent wrapped in a napkin becomes the more reprehensible the greater the emergency.


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


Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world... it is the thing that ever has.
— Margaret Mead

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Never doubt that a small group of committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.
— Margaret Mead
Jealousy is not a barometer by which the depth of love can be read. It merely records the degree of the lover's insecurity.

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


The contempt for law and the contempt for the human consequences of lawbreaking go from the bottom to the top of American society.


American society is very like a fish society...the only thing which determines order of dominance is length of time in the fish-bowl.


Extrasensory perception is a scientifically inept term. By suggesting that forms of human perception exist beyond the sense, it prejudges the question.
— Margaret Mead
A neurotic person can be most simply described as someone who, while he was growing up, learned ways of behaving that are self-defeating in his society.
— Margaret Mead

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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

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The task of each family is also the task of all humanity. This is to cherish the living, remember those who have gone before, and prepare for those who are not yet born.


Maleness in America is not absolutely defined; it has to be kept and re-earned every day, and one essential element in the definition is beating women in every game that both sexes play.

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Of all the people whom I have studied, from city dwellers to cliff dwellers, I always find that at least 50 percent would prefer to have at least one jungle between themselves and their mothers-in-law.
— Margaret Mead


What the world needs is not romantic lovers who are sufficient unto themselves, but husbands and wives who live in communities, relate to other people, carry on useful work and willingly give time and attention to their children.
— Margaret Mead

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Laughter is man's most distinctive emotional expression. Man shares the capacity for love and hate, anger and fear, loyalty and grief, with other living creatures. But humor, which has an intellectual as well as an emotional element, belongs to man.


Sisters, while they are growing up, tend to be very rivalrous and as young mothers they are given to continual rivalrous comparisons of their several children.  But once the children grow older, sisters draw closer together and often, in old age, they become each other's chosen and most happy companions.