Quotes by Margaret Mead


A small group of thoughtful people could change the world. Indeed, it's the only thing that ever has.
– 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
Always remember that you are absolutely unique. Just like everyone else.
– Margaret Mead
And when our baby stirs and struggles to be born it compels humility: what we began is now its own.
– 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
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
Because of their agelong training in human relations-for that is what feminine intuition really is-women have a special contribution to make to any group enterprise.
– Margaret Mead
Every time we liberate a woman, we liberate a man.
– Margaret Mead
Fathers are biological necessities, but social accidents.
– Margaret Mead
Having two bathrooms ruined the capacity to co-operate.
– Margaret Mead
I had no reason to doubt that brains were suitable for a woman. And as I had my father's kind of mind-which was also his mother's-I learned that the mind is not sex-typed.
– 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
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
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
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
Instead of needing lots of children, we need high-quality children.
– 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
It may be necessary temporarily to accept a lesser evil, but one must never label a necessary evil as good.
– Margaret Mead
Life in the twentieth century is like a parachute jump: you have to get it right the first time.
– Margaret Mead
Man's role is uncertain, undefined, and perhaps unnecessary.
– Margaret Mead