Zitat des Tages von Margaret Mead:
I was wise enough to never grow up while fooling most people into believing I had.
The solution to adult problems tomorrow depends on large measure upon how our children grow up today.
And when our baby stirs and struggles to be born it compels humility: what we began is now its own.
Man's role is uncertain, undefined, and perhaps unnecessary.
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.
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.
I was brought up to believe that the only thing worth doing was to add to the sum of accurate information in the world.
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.
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.
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 have nowhere else to go... this is all we have.
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.
Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has.
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.
A small group of thoughtful people could change the world. Indeed, it's the only thing that ever has.
Thanks to television, for the first time the young are seeing history made before it is censored by their elders.
I learned the value of hard work by working hard.
Women want mediocre men, and men are working to be as mediocre as possible.
We won't have a society if we destroy the environment.
Sister is probably the most competitive relationship within the family, but once the sisters are grown, it becomes the strongest relationship.
What people say, what people do, and what they say they do are entirely different things.
The way to do fieldwork is never to come up for air until it is all over.
Instead of needing lots of children, we need high-quality children.
Never believe that a few caring people can't change the world. For, indeed, that's all who ever have.
Having two bathrooms ruined the capacity to co-operate.
It may be necessary temporarily to accept a lesser evil, but one must never label a necessary evil as good.
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.
I must admit that I personally measure success in terms of the contributions an individual makes to her or his fellow human beings.
Fathers are biological necessities, but social accidents.
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.
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.
Always remember that you are absolutely unique. Just like everyone else.
Life in the twentieth century is like a parachute jump: you have to get it right the first time.