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Margaret Mead

(1901 - 1978)


American Cultural Anthropologist and Psychologist

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.
A city must be a place where groups of women and men are seeking and developing the highest things they know.
A small group of thoughtful people could change the world. Indeed, it's the only thing that ever has.
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 t
All of us who grew up before the war are immigrants in time, immigrants from an earlier world, living in an age essentially different from anything we knew before. The young are at home here. Their eyes have always seen satellites in the sky. They have never known a world in which war did not mean annihilation.
Always remember that you are absolutely unique. Just like everyone else.
An ideal culture is one that makes a place for every human gift.
And when our baby stirs and struggles to be born it compels humility: what we began is now its own.
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.
Any woman can find a husband unless she is deaf, dumb or blind... She cannot always marry the ideal man of her choice.