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I was brought up to believe that the only thing worth doing
by Margaret Mead

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

Related topics: Values Purpose

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

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful,
committed people can change the world.
Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.
- Margaret Mead

And when our baby stirs and struggles to be born
it compels humility: what we began is now its own.
- Margaret Mead

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

Instead of needing lots of children,
we need high-quality children.
- Margaret Mead

What people say, what people do,
and what they say they do
are entirely different things.
- Margaret Mead


 

For the very first time the young are
seeing history being made
before it is censored by their elders.
- Margaret Mead

Many societies have educated their male children
on the simple device of teaching them not to be women.
- 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

The solution to adult problems tomorrow
depends in large measure upon
how our children grow up today.
- 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

Nobody has ever 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

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

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.
- Margaret Mead

The way to do fieldwork is never to
come up for air until it is all over.
- 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

Always remember that you are absolutely unique.
Just like everyone else.
- Margaret Mead

I learned the value of hard work by working hard.
- 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

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

I was wise enough to never grow up
while fooling most people into believing I had.
- 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

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

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

Life ... is like a parachute jump:
you have to get it right the first time.
- Margaret Mead

I have a respect for manners as such,
they are a way of dealing with people
you don't agree with or like.
- Margaret Mead

We have nowhere else to go... this is all we have.
- Margaret Mead

We won't have a society if we destroy the environment.
- 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

Women want mediocre men,
and men are working to be as mediocre as possible.
- Margaret Mead

Life in the twentieth century is like a parachute jump:
you have to get it right the first time.
- 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

Fathers are biological necessities, but social accidents.
- Margaret Mead

Man's role is uncertain, undefined, and perhaps unnecessary.
- Margaret Mead

The pains of childbirth were altogether different
from the enveloping effects of other kinds of pain.
These were pains one could follow with one's mind.
- Margaret Mead

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

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

I do not believe in using women in combat,
because females are too fierce.
- Margaret Mead

Sooner or later I'm going to die, but I'm not going to retire.
- 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

Having two bathrooms ruined the capacity to co-operate.
- 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

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

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

Trust in the Light.
Darkness is not a force -
it is merely the absence of light.
Observe that when a light is brought to a dark place,
the darkness disappears.
Sadness is similar -
when joy is brought to suffering,
the sadness disappears.
Open yourself to the Light!
Hold back nothing,
Trust in the Light.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Darkness is not a force -
it is merely the absence of light.
Observe that when a light
is brought to a dark place,
the darkness disappears.
Sadness is similar -
when joy is brought to suffering,
the sadness disappears.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I Am One With Spirit and All Creation -
I give thanks for the unity of all creation
and for everything that has brought me to this moment.
I release my entire being to the gentle nurture of Spirit.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I have Gratitude for Everything
that has brought me to this moment.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

You are today where your thoughts have brought.
- James Allen

The Universe is one great kindergarten for man.
Everything that exists has brought
with it its own peculiar lesson.
- Orison Swett Marden

I thank Spirit for EVERYTHING
that has brought me to this moment,
and entrust my entire being
to the gentle nurture of Spirit.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

God is Within You!
You yourself are the creator.
If you find that place within you
from which you brought this thing about,
you will be able to live with it and affirm it,
perhaps even enjoy it, as your life.
- Joseph Campbell

Our life is composed greatly from dreams, from the unconscious,
and they must be brought into connection with action.
They must be woven together.
- Anais Nin

There are many truths of which the full meaning cannot
be realized until personal experience has brought it home.
- John Stuart Mill

Like religion, politics, and family planning,
cereal is not a topic to be brought up in public.
It's too controversial.
- Erma Bombeck

France is delighted at this new opportunity to show
the world that when one has the will one can succeed
in joining peoples who have been brought close by history.
- Francois Mitterrand

Justice and power must be brought together,
so that whatever is just may be powerful,
and whatever is powerful may be just.
- Blaise Pascal

History is an account, mostly false,
of events,
mostly unimportant, which are brought about by rulers,
mostly knaves, and soldiers, mostly fools.
- Ambrose Bierce

No real social change has ever been brought about without a revolution...
revolution is but thought carried into action.
- Emma Goldman

The world hates change, yet it is the only thing that has brought progress.
- Charles Kettering

Those who play with the devil's toys
will be brought by degrees to wield his sword.
- R. Buckminster Fuller

Imagination has brought mankind through the dark ages
to its present state of civilization.
Imagination led Columbus to discover America.
Imagination led Franklin to discover electricity.
- L. Frank Baum

All of us grow up in particular realities -
a home,
family, a clan, a small town, a neighborhood.
Depending upon how we're brought up,
we are either deeply aware of the particular reading
of reality into which we are born,
or we are peripherally aware of it.
- Chaim Potok

I try to stay focused on my life and do try not to
be brought into the Hollywood fantasy.
- Jennifer Connelly

Star Trek has brought so much of what I want within my grasp.
- DeForest Kelley

I didn't come to New York to be a star,
I brought my star with me.
- Reggie Jackson

Some of the French surrealists at the beginning of
the war had come over to New York and they brought out this magazine.
It was a big, glossy magazine full of surrealist things.
- Kenneth Koch

The question was heatedly debated of how much Western
culture should be brought into China.
- Chen Ning Yang

Another night, I dreamed I saw my father sweeping out the barn floor clean,
and would not suffer the wheat to be brought in the barn.
He appeared to me to be in anger.
- Joanna Southcott

There are stories that people don't want to talk about
that brought this music through.
- Ruth Brown


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