Margaret Mead Quotes

Old age is like flying through a storm. Once you're aboard, there's nothing you can do.
Margaret Mead
We won't have a society if we destroy the environment.
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 (Culture and Commitment, 1970)
Fathers are biological necessities, but social accidents. 
Margaret Mead
What people say, what people do, and what they say they do are entirely different things. 
Margaret Mead
I was wise enough to never grow up while fooling most people into believing I had. 
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
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.
Margaret Mead
I learned the value of hard work by working hard. 
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 (World Enough - Chapter 2, 1975)
Women want mediocre men, and men are working to be as mediocre as possible. 
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
Even though the ship may go down, the journey goes on.
Margaret Mead
Our humanity rests upon a series of learned behaviors, woven together into patterns that are infinitely fragile and never directly inherited.
Margaret Mead (Male and Female: A Study of the Sexes in a Changing World, 1949)
For the very first time the young are seeing history being made before it is censored by their elders. 
Margaret Mead
Children must be taught how to think, not what to think.
Margaret Mead (Coming of Age in Samoa, 1928)
No society that feeds its children on tales of successful violence can expect them not to believe that violence in the end is rewarded.
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
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 (Quoted in Margaret Mead, A Life, 1984)
Everyone needs to have access both to grandparents and grandchildren in order to be a full human being. 
Margaret Mead (Blackberry Winter: My Earlier Years, 1972)
The solution to adult problems tomorrow depends on large measure upon how our children grow up today.
Margaret Mead
As the traveler who has once been from home is wiser than he who has never left his own doorstep, so a knowledge of one other culture should sharpen our ability to scrutinize more steadily, to appreciate more lovingly, our own.
Margaret Mead (Coming of Age in Samoa, 1928)
Human nature is potentially aggressive and destructive and potentially orderly and constructive.
Margaret Mead (Quoted in And Keep Your Powder Dry - If We Are to go On, 2000)
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.
Margaret Mead (Sex and Temperament in Three Primitive Societies, 1935)
I was brought up to believe that the only thing worth doing was to add to the sum of accurate information in the world. 
Margaret Mead (New York Times interview, 1963)
Every time we liberate a woman, we liberate a man. 
Margaret Mead (Quoted in Margaret Mead: A Voice for the Century, 1982)
If one cannot state a matter clearly enough so that even an intelligent twelve-year-old can understand it, one should remain within the cloistered walls of the university and laboratory until one gets a better grasp of one's subject matter.
Margaret Mead
The prophet who fails to present a bearable alternative and yet preaches doom is part of the trap that he postulates. Not only does he picture us caught in a tremendous man-made or God-made trap from which there is no escape, but we must also listen to him day in, day out, describe how the trap is inexorably closing. To such prophecies the human race, as presently bred and educated and situated, is incapable of listening. So some dance and some immolate themselves as human torches; some take drugs and some artists spill their creativity in sets of randomly placed dots on a white ground.
Margaret Mead (Culture and Commitment, 1970)
A small group of thoughtful people could change the world. Indeed, it's the only thing that ever has. 
Margaret Mead (Quoted in The World Ahead, 2005)

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Margaret Mead Biography

Born: December 16, 1901
Died: November 15, 1978

Margaret Mead was an American anthropologist and scientist. She was a popular writer and speaker in the 1960's and 1970's.

Notable Works

Coming of Age in Samoa (1928)
Growing Up in New Guinea (1930)
Male and Female (1949)
Culture and Commitment (1970)