Margaret Mead

Literary Birthday – 16 December – Margaret Mead

Margaret Mead was born 16 December 1901, and died 15 November 1978.


  1. Always remember that you are absolutely unique. Just like everyone else.
  2. I learned to observe the world around me, and to note what I saw.
  3. Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.
  4. What people say, what people do, and what they say they do are entirely different things.
  5. If one cannot state a matter clearly enough so that even an intelligent twelve-year-old can understand it, one should remain within the cloistered walls of the university and laboratory until one gets a better grasp of one’s subject matter.
  6. I was wise enough never to grow up, while fooling people into believing I had.
  7. Children must be taught how to think, not what to think.
  8. I must admit that I personally measure success in terms of the contributions an individual makes to her or his fellow human beings.
  9. You know you love someone when you cannot put into words how they make you feel.
  10. We are living beyond our means. As a people we have developed a life-style that is draining the earth of its priceless and irreplaceable resources without regard for the future of our children and people all around the world.

Margaret Mead was an American cultural anthropologist, and a featured author and speaker in the mass media throughout the 1960s and 1970s. She is the author of Blackberry Winter: My Earlier Years and Coming of Age in Samoa.

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by Amanda Patterson

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Posted on: 16th December 2014