Ashley Montagu Quotes

Who is Ashley Montagu?

Montague Francis Ashley-Montagu, previously known as Israel Ehrenberg, was a British-American anthropologist.

Montagu popularized the study of topics such as race and gender and their relation to politics and development.

Born June 28, 1905
Died November 26, 1999

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Best 18 Quotes by Ashley Montagu

“All education should be directed toward the refinement of the individual's sensibilities in relation not only to one's fellow humans everywhere, but to all living things whatsoever.”

“Any form of corporal punishment or 'spanking' is a violent attack upon another human being's integrity. The effect remains with the victim forever and becomes an unforgiving part of his or hier personality--a massive frustration resulting in a hostility which will seek expression in later life in violent acts towards others. The sooner we understand that love and gentleness are the only kinds of called-far behavior towards children, the better. The child, especially, learns to become the kind of human being that he or she has experienced. This should be fully understood by all caregivers.”

“By virtue of being born to humanity, every human being has a right to the development and fulfillment of his potentialities as a human being.”

“Do we have the right to rear animals in order to kill them so that we may feed appetites in which we have been artificially conditioned from childhood?”

“Human beings are the only creatures who are able to behave irrationally in the name of reason.”

“I want to die young at a ripe old age.”

“Intellect without humanity is not good enough. What the world is suffering from at the present time is not so much an overabundance of intellect as an insufficiency of humanity.”

“Love is the supreme form of communication. In the hierarchy of needs, love stands as the supreme developing agent of the humanity of the person. As such, the teaching of love should be the central core of all early childhood curriculum with all other subjects growing naturally out of such teaching.”

“The ability to play is one of the principal criteria of mental health.”

“The family unit is the institution for the systematic production of mental illness.”

“The idea is to die young as late as possible.”

“The loving touch, like music, often utters the things that cannot be spoken.”

“The only measure of what you believe is what you do. If you want to know what people believe, don't read what they write, don't ask what they believe, just observe what they do.”

“The principal contributor to loneliness in this country is television. What happens is that the family 'gets together' alone.”

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Growing Young Quotes

“The world is so full of wonderful things we should all, if we were taught how to appreciate it, be far richer than kings.”

Growing Young

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“The idea of race represents one of the most dangerous myths of our time.”

Man's Most Dangerous Myth

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“Men write more books. Men give more lectures. Men ask more questions after lectures. Men post more e-mail to Internet discussion groups. To say this is due to patriarchy is to beg the question of the behavior's origin. If men control society, why don't they just shut up and enjoy their supposed prerogatives? The answer is obvious when you consider sexual competition: men can't be quiet because that would give other men a chance to show off verbally. Men often bully women into silence, but this is usually to make room for their own verbal display. If men were dominating public language just to maintain patriarchy, that would qualify as a puzzling example of evolutionary altruism—a costly, risky individual act that helps all of one's sexual competitors (other males) as much as oneself. The ocean of male language that confronts modern women in bookstores, television, newspapers, classrooms, parliaments, and businesses does not necessarily come from a male conspiracy to deny women their voice. It may come from an evolutionary history of sexual selection in which the male motivation to talk was vital to their reproduction.”

The Mating Mind


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