Anthropologist quotes

#73361 Ruth Benedict

The trouble with life isn't that there is no answer, it's that there are so many answers. .

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#73362 Ruth Benedict

The purpose of anthropology is to make the world safe for human differences. .

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#73363 Ruth Benedict

No man ever looks at the world with pristine eyes. He sees it edited by a definite set of customs and institutions and ways of thinking. .

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#73364 Ruth Benedict

The life history of the individual is first and foremost an accommodation to the patterns and standards traditionally handed down in his community. .

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#73365 Ruth Benedict

A man's indebtedness is not virtue; his repayment is. Virtue begins when he dedicates himself actively to the job of gratitude. .

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#73366 Ruth Benedict

Racism is an ism to which everyone in the world today is exposed; for or against, we must take sides. And the history of the future will differ according to the decision which we make. .

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#73367 Ruth Benedict

I gambled on having the strength to live two lives, one for myself and one for the world. .

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#73368 Ruth Benedict

Our faith in the present dies out long before our faith in the future. .

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#73369 Ruth Benedict

I have always used the world of make-believe with a certain desperation. .

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#73370 Ruth Benedict

We grow in time to trust the future for our answers. .

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#73371 Ruth Benedict

Culture is not a biologically transmitted complex. .

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#73372 Ruth Benedict

I haven't strength of mind not to need a career. .

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#73373 Ruth Benedict

I long to speak out the intense inspiration that comes to me from the lives of strong women. .

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#73374 Ruth Benedict

If we justify war, it is because all peoples always justify the traits of which they find themselves possessed, not because war will bear an objective examination of its merits. .

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#73375 Ruth Benedict

The adequate study of culture, our own and those on the opposite side of the globe, can press on to fulfillment only as we learn today from the humanities as well as from the scientists. .

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#79543 Franz Boas

If we were to select the most intelligent, imaginative, energetic, and emotionally stable third of mankind, all races would be present. .

Franz Boas Quotes about man
#79544 Franz Boas

Furthermore, the study of the present surroundings is insufficient: the history of the people, the influence of the regions through which it has passed on its migrations, and the people with whom it came into contact, must be considered. .

Franz Boas Quotes about history
#79545 Franz Boas

We all know scientists who in private life do not come up to the standard of truthfulness, but who, nevertheless, would not consciously falsify the results of their researches. .

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#79546 Franz Boas

Remember that in every single case in history the process of adaptation has been one of exceeding slowness. Do not look for the impossible, but do not let your path deviate from the quiet and steadfast insistence on full opportunities for your powers. .

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#79547 Franz Boas

We do not discuss the anatomical, physiological, and mental characteristics of man considered as an individual; but we are interested in the diversity of these traits in groups of men found in different geographical areas and in different social classes. .

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#79548 Franz Boas

I object to teaching of slogans intended to befog the mind, of whatever kind they may be. .

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#79549 Franz Boas

This idea was also brought out very clearly by Wallace, who emphasized that apparently reasonable activities of man might very well have developed without an actual application of reasoning. .

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#79550 Franz Boas

My father had retained an emotional affection for the ceremonial of his parental home, without allowing it to influence his intellectual freedom. .

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#79551 Franz Boas

I hope I may have succeeded in presenting to you, however imperfectly, the currents of thought due to the work of the immortal Darwin which have helped to make anthropology what it is at the present time. .

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#79552 Franz Boas

In France, that let down the barriers more than a hundred years ago, the feeling of antipathy is still strong enough to sustain an anti-Jewish political party. .

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#79553 Franz Boas

In other words, we are interested in the anatomical and mental characteristics of men living under the same biological, geographical, and social environment, and as determined by their past. .

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#79554 Franz Boas

The historical development of the work of anthropologists seems to single out clearly a domain of knowledge that heretofore has not been treated by any other science. .

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#79555 Franz Boas

Not so the scientist. The very essence of his life is the service of truth. .

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#79556 Franz Boas

The disease of mutual distrust among nations is the bane of modern civilization. .

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#79557 Franz Boas

It is our task to inquire into the causes that have brought about the observed differentiation, and to investigate the sequence of events that have led to the establishment of the multifarious forms of human life. .

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#79558 Franz Boas

My parents had broken through the shackles of dogma. .

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#151701 Clifford Geertz

People keep asking how anthropology is different from sociology, and everybody gets nervous. .

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#151702 Clifford Geertz

I don't feel that an atmosphere of debate and total disagreement and argument is such a bad thing. It makes for a vital and alive field. .

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#151703 Clifford Geertz

We need to think more about the nature of rhetoric in anthropology. There isn't a body of knowledge and thought to fall back on in this regard. .

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#151704 Clifford Geertz

I'm an inveterate fox and not a hedgehog, so I always think you should try everything. .

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#151705 Clifford Geertz

The way in which mathematicians and physicists and historians talk is quite different, and what a physicist means by physical intuition and what a mathematician means by beauty or elegance are things worth thinking about. .

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#151706 Clifford Geertz

The point of literary criticism in anthropology is not to replace research, but to find out how it is that we are persuasive. .

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#151707 Clifford Geertz

Anthropology in general has always been fairly hospitable to female scholars, and even to feminist scholars. .

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#151708 Clifford Geertz

The North African mule talks always of his mother's brother, the horse, but never of his father, the donkey, in favor of others supposedly more reputable. .

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#151709 Clifford Geertz

Younger anthropologists have the notion that anthropology is too diverse. The number of things done under the name of anthropology is just infinite; you can do anything and call it anthropology. .

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#151710 Clifford Geertz

Meaning is socially, historically, and rhetorically constructed. .

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#151711 Clifford Geertz

I had a hard time convincing students that they were going to North Africa to understand the North Africans, not to understand themselves. .

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#151712 Clifford Geertz

I've often been accused of making anthropology into literature, but anthropology is also field research. Writing is central to it. .

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#151713 Clifford Geertz

My instincts are always against people who want to fasten some sort of hegemony onto things. .

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#151714 Clifford Geertz

Anthropology never has had a distinct subject matter, and because it doesn't have a real method, there's a great deal of anxiety over what it is. .

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#151715 Clifford Geertz

I think of myself as a writer who happens to be doing his writing as an anthropologist. .

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#151716 Clifford Geertz

We're getting closer to our nature. .

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#151717 Clifford Geertz

I agree with Chomsky in almost nothing. When it comes to innate structures and so on, I'm very skeptical. .

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#151718 Clifford Geertz

Most anthropologists are doing straightforward ethnography, and should. .

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#151719 Clifford Geertz

It's always amusing to look at how something early in the 20th century was written in anthropology and how it's written now. There's been an enormous shift in how it's done, but yet you can't put your finger on someone who actually did it. .

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