Ashley Montagu Quotes

Who on Earth is Ashley Montagu?

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

Books by Ashley Montagu


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.”

Ashley Montagu

“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.”

Ashley Montagu

“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.”

Ashley Montagu

“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?”

Ashley Montagu

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

Ashley Montagu

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

Ashley Montagu

“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.”

Ashley Montagu

“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.”

Ashley Montagu

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

Ashley Montagu

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

Ashley Montagu

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

Ashley Montagu

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

Ashley Montagu

“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.”

Ashley Montagu

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

Ashley Montagu

"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.”

Ashley Montagu
Growing Young

"Man's Most Dangerous Myth" Quotes

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

Ashley Montagu
Man's Most Dangerous Myth

"The American Way of Life" Quotes

“The moments of happiness we enjoy take us by surprise. It is not that we seize them, but that they seize us.

Ashley Montagu
The American Way of Life

"The Direction of Human Development" Quotes

“Hatred is love frustrated.”

Ashley Montagu
The Direction of Human Development