Ashley Montagu Quotes

Best 19 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.”

“International law exists only in textbooks on international law.”

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