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Margaret Mead Quote: “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”

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

— Margaret Mead



Margaret Mead Quote: “I learned the value of hard work by working hard.”

I learned the value of hard work by working hard.

— Margaret Mead


Margaret Mead Quote: “Children must be taught how to think, not what to think.”

Children must be taught how to think, not what to think.

— Margaret Mead


Margaret Mead Quote: “Always remember that you are absolutely unique. Just like everyone else.”

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

— Margaret Mead


Margaret Mead Quote: “We won’t have a society if we destroy the environment.”

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

— Margaret Mead


Margaret Mead Quote: “What people say, what people do, and what they say they do are entirely different things.”

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

— Margaret Mead


Margaret Mead Quote: “Never believe that a few caring people can’t change the world. For, indeed, that’s all who ever have.”

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

— Margaret Mead


Margaret Mead Quote: “Never underestimate the ability of a small group of committed individuals to change the world.”

Never underestimate the ability of a small group of committed individuals to change the world.

— Margaret Mead


Margaret Mead Quote: “All social change comes from the passion of individuals.”

All social change comes from the passion of individuals.

— Margaret Mead


Margaret Mead Quote: “If a fish were an anthropologist, the last thing it would discover would be water.”

If a fish were an anthropologist, the last thing it would discover would be water.

— Margaret Mead



Margaret Mead Quote: “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.”

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


Margaret Mead Quote: “You can no longer save your family, tribe or nation. You can only save the whole world.”

You can no longer save your family, tribe or nation. You can only save the whole world.

— Margaret Mead


Margaret Mead Quote: “It is easier to change a man’s religion than to change his diet.”

It is easier to change a man’s religion than to change his diet.

— Margaret Mead


Margaret Mead Quote: “The most intractable problem today is not pollution or technology or war; but the lack of belief that the future is very much in the hands of the individual.”

The most intractable problem today is not pollution or technology or war; but the lack of belief that the future is very much in the hands of the individual.

— Margaret Mead


Margaret Mead Quote: “You know you love someone when you cannot put into words how they make you feel.”

You know you love someone when you cannot put into words how they make you feel.

— Margaret Mead


Margaret Mead Quote: “I have a respect for manners as such, they are a way of dealing with people you don’t agree with or like.”

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


Margaret Mead Quote: “One of the oldest human needs is having someone to wonder where you are when you don’t come home at night.”

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

— Margaret Mead


Margaret Mead Quote: “Home, I learned, can be anywhere you make it. Home is also the place to which you come back again and again.”

Home, I learned, can be anywhere you make it. Home is also the place to which you come back again and again.

— Margaret Mead


Margaret Mead Quote: “An ideal culture is one that makes a place for every human gift.”

An ideal culture is one that makes a place for every human gift.

— Margaret Mead


Margaret Mead Quote: “I learned to observe the world around me, and to note what I saw.”

I learned to observe the world around me, and to note what I saw.

— Margaret Mead



Margaret Mead Quote: “I was wise enough to never grow up while fooling most people into believing I had.”

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

— Margaret Mead


Margaret Mead Quote: “Never depend upon institutions or government to solve any problem. All social movements are founded by, guided by, motivated and seen through by the passion of individuals.”

Never depend upon institutions or government to solve any problem. All social movements are founded by, guided by, motivated and seen through by the passion of individuals.

— Margaret Mead


Margaret Mead Quote: “The solution to adult problems tomorrow depends on large measure upon how our children grow up today.”

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

— Margaret Mead


Margaret Mead Quote: “Where we choose to put our attention changes our brain, which in time can change how we see and interact with the world.”

Where we choose to put our attention changes our brain, which in time can change how we see and interact with the world.

— Margaret Mead


Margaret Mead Quote: “Never underestimate that a small group of people can hold up a liquor license. Sometimes, it’s the only thing that can.”

Never underestimate that a small group of people can hold up a liquor license. Sometimes, it’s the only thing that can.

— Margaret Mead


Margaret Mead Quote: “We are living beyond our means. As a people we have developed a life-style that is draining the earth of its priceless and irreplaceable resources without regard for the future of our children and people all around the world.”

We are living beyond our means. As a people we have developed a life-style that is draining the earth of its priceless and irreplaceable resources without regard for the future of our children and people all around the world.

— Margaret Mead


Margaret Mead Quote: “Sooner or later I’m going to die, but I’m not going to retire.”

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

— Margaret Mead


Margaret Mead Quote: “What we lack is not so much leisure to do as time to reflect and time to feel. What we seldom “take” is time to experience the things that have happened, the things that are happening, the things that are still ahead of us.”

What we lack is not so much leisure to do as time to reflect and time to feel. What we seldom “take” is time to experience the things that have happened, the things that are happening, the things that are still ahead of us.

— Margaret Mead


Margaret Mead Quote: “Motherhood is a biological fact, while fatherhood is a social invention.”

Motherhood is a biological fact, while fatherhood is a social invention.

— Margaret Mead


Margaret Mead Quote: “No society that feeds its children on tales of successful violence can expect them not to believe that violence in the end is rewarded.”

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


Margaret Mead Quote: “I must admit that I personally measure success in terms of the contributions an individual makes to her or his fellow human beings.”

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


Margaret Mead Quote: “Somehow, we have to get older people back close to growing children if we are to restore a sense of community, acquire knowledge of the past, and provide a sense of the future.”

Somehow, we have to get older people back close to growing children if we are to restore a sense of community, acquire knowledge of the past, and provide a sense of the future.

— Margaret Mead


Margaret Mead Quote: “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 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


Margaret Mead Quote: “A woman, even a brilliant woman, must have two qualities in order to fulfill her promise: more energy than mere mortals, and the ability to outwit her culture.”

A woman, even a brilliant woman, must have two qualities in order to fulfill her promise: more energy than mere mortals, and the ability to outwit her culture.

— Margaret Mead


Margaret Mead Quote: “In the modern world we have invented ways of speeding up invention, and people’s lives change so fast that a person is born into one kind of world, grows up in another, and by the time his children are growing up, lives in still a different world.”

In the modern world we have invented ways of speeding up invention, and people’s lives change so fast that a person is born into one kind of world, grows up in another, and by the time his children are growing up, lives in still a different world.

— Margaret Mead


Margaret Mead Quote: “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.”

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


Margaret Mead Quote: “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 humour, which has an intellectual as well as an emotional element belongs to man.”

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 humour, which has an intellectual as well as an emotional element belongs to man.

— Margaret Mead


Margaret Mead Quote: “Because our civilization is woven of so many diverse strands, the ideas which any one group accepts will be found to contain numerous contradictions.”

Because our civilization is woven of so many diverse strands, the ideas which any one group accepts will be found to contain numerous contradictions.

— Margaret Mead


Margaret Mead Quote: “The mind is not sex-typed.”

The mind is not sex-typed.

— Margaret Mead


Margaret Mead Quote: “Of course we need children! Adults need children in their lives to listen to and care for, to keep their imagination fresh and their hearts young and to make the future a reality for which they are willing to work.”

Of course we need children! Adults need children in their lives to listen to and care for, to keep their imagination fresh and their hearts young and to make the future a reality for which they are willing to work.

— Margaret Mead


Margaret Mead Quote: “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.”

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


Margaret Mead Quote: “Be who you really are, do what you want to do, in order to have what you really want.”

Be who you really are, do what you want to do, in order to have what you really want.

— Margaret Mead


Margaret Mead Quote: “Every time we liberate a woman, we liberate a man.”

Every time we liberate a woman, we liberate a man.

— Margaret Mead


Margaret Mead Quote: “There is no more creative force in the world than the menopausal woman with zest.”

There is no more creative force in the world than the menopausal woman with zest.

— Margaret Mead


Margaret Mead Quote: “Human nature is almost unbelievably malleable, responding accurately and contrastingly to contrasting cultural conditions.”

Human nature is almost unbelievably malleable, responding accurately and contrastingly to contrasting cultural conditions.

— Margaret Mead


Margaret Mead Quote: “War is only an invention, not a biological necessity.”

War is only an invention, not a biological necessity.

— Margaret Mead


Margaret Mead Quote: “There is no hierarchy of values by which one culture has the right to insist on all its own values and deny those of another.”

There is no hierarchy of values by which one culture has the right to insist on all its own values and deny those of another.

— Margaret Mead


Margaret Mead Quote: “The Samoan puts the burden of amatory success upon the man and believes that women need more initiating, more time for maturing of sexual feeling. A man who fails to satisfy a woman is looked upon as a clumsy, inept blunderer.”

The Samoan puts the burden of amatory success upon the man and believes that women need more initiating, more time for maturing of sexual feeling. A man who fails to satisfy a woman is looked upon as a clumsy, inept blunderer.

— Margaret Mead


Margaret Mead Quote: “One of the most dangerous things that can happen to a child is to kill or torture an animal and get away with it.”

One of the most dangerous things that can happen to a child is to kill or torture an animal and get away with it.

— Margaret Mead


Margaret Mead Quote: “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.”

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

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