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I was wise enough to never grow up while fooling most people into believing I had.
– Margaret Mead
Sister is probably the most competitive relationship within the family, but once the sisters are grown, it becomes the strongest relationship.
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.
Many societies have educated their male children on the simple device of teaching them not to be women.
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.
Fathers are biological necessities, but social accidents.
We have nowhere else to go… this is all we have.
The solution to adult problems tomorrow depends on large measure upon how our children grow up today.
Sooner or later I’m going to die, but I’m not going to retire.
Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.
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.
Man’s role is uncertain, undefined, and perhaps unnecessary.
I have a respect for manners as such, they are a way of dealing with people you don’t agree with or like.
For the very first time the young are seeing history being made before it is censored by their elders.
I was brought up to believe that the only thing worth doing was to add to the sum of accurate information in the world.
I learned the value of hard work by working hard.
I must admit that I personally measure success in terms of the contributions an individual makes to her or his fellow human beings.
I do not believe in using women in combat, because females are too fierce.
Always remember that you are absolutely unique. Just like everyone else.
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.
Never believe that a few caring people can’t change the world. For, indeed, that’s all who ever have.
Life in the twentieth century is like a parachute jump: you have to get it right the first time.
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.
What people say, what people do, and what they say they do are entirely different things.
Anthropology demands the open-mindedness with which one must look and listen, record in astonishment and wonder that which one would not have been able to guess.
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.