Margaret Mead Quotes

Why should I know Margaret Mead?

Margaret Mead was an American cultural anthropologist who featured frequently as an author and speaker in the mass media during the 1960s and 1970s.

Born December 16, 1901
Died November 15, 1978

Books by Margaret Mead


Best 18 Quotes by Margaret Mead

“Always remember that you are absolutely unique. Just like everyone else.”

Margaret Mead

“ŽWhen a person is born we rejoice, and when they're married we jubilate, but when they die we try to pretend nothing has happened.”

Margaret Mead

“Be who you really are, do what you want to do, in order to have what you really want.”

Margaret Mead

“Everyone needs to have access both to grandparents and grandchildren in order to be a full human being.”

Margaret Mead

“For the human species to evolve, the conversation must deepen.”

Margaret Mead

“I learned the value of hard work by working hard.”

Margaret Mead

“I must admit that I personally measure success in terms of the contributions an individual makes to her or his fellow human beings.”

Margaret Mead

“Manners, really good ones, make it possible to live with almost anyone, gracefully and pleasantly.”

Margaret Mead

“Motherhood is a biological fact, while fatherhood is a social invention.”

Margaret Mead

“Never depend upon institutions or government to solve any problem. All social movements are founded by, guided by, motivated and seen through by the passion of individuals.”

Margaret Mead

“No country that permits firearms to be widely and randomly distributed among its population - especially firearms that are capable of wounding and killing human beings - can expect to escape violence, and a great deal of violence.”

Margaret Mead

“One of the oldest human needs is having someone to wonder where you are when you don't come home at night.”

Margaret Mead

“There is no greater power in the world than the zest of a postmenopausal woman.”

Margaret Mead

“What people say, what people do, and what they say they do are entirely different things.”

Margaret Mead

“Women want mediocre men, and men are working hard to become as mediocre as possible.”

Margaret Mead

"And Keep Your Powder Dry" Quotes

“There is no hierarchy of values by which one culture has the right to insist on all its own values and deny those of another.”

Margaret Mead
And Keep Your Powder Dry

"Coming of Age in Samoa" Quotes

“Children must be taught how to think, not what to think.”

Margaret Mead
Coming of Age in Samoa

"The World Ahead" Quotes

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”

Margaret Mead
The World Ahead