The Quotable Nerdy Chick: Margaret Mead

Margaret Mead (1901 – 1979) was an American anthropologist. She famously studied the influences of culture on personality. Much of her work was done in Samoa with the people who lived there. Her observations became prominent in the 1960s and 1970s. She is credited with helping start the sexual revolution. I had a very hard time narrowing down her quotes to ten, and have to admit that I may have feature her again in the future to get all of the good stuff in! To find out more about her click HERE.

          Margaret Mead Quotes

  • Always remember that you are absolutely unique. Just like everyone else.
  • 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.
  • I do not believe in using women in combat, because females are too fierce.
  • I learned the value of hard work by working hard.
  • I must admit that I personally measure success in terms of the contributions an individual makes to her or his fellow human beings.
  • I was wise enough to never grow up while fooling most people into believing I had.
  • We won’t have a society if we destroy the environment.
  • Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.
  • 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.
  • What people say, what people do, and what they say they do are entirely different things.

How many of those quotes would be great printed on a t-shirt? 🙂

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3 comments on “The Quotable Nerdy Chick: Margaret Mead

  1. michelle c. says:

    One of my favorite anthropologists to study while getting BS in Sociology and Anthropology. Thanks so much for the reminders of how wise she was. And to think Hillary has gotten all the credit for saying ‘it takes a village.’ Don’t really know who the original quote is from, but know that Mead knew that a single family was not the end all be all of raising a strong family and children.

    • kamikinard says:

      Mead was truly the hardest “nerdy chick” to feature so far, because she said many other wise things that I wanted to include. I love a lot of what she said, and found that I disagreed with very little. 😀

  2. Julie says:

    Her theory of dirt, is one of the most precisely theories I know, in humaniora discourse. Why isnt it more in use? It is so true!!

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