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Anthropology
Engrave this Quote The purpose of anthropology is to make the world safe for human differences.
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-Ruth Benedict
Children
Engrave this Quote In a world that holds books and babies and canyon trails, why should one condemn oneself to live day-in, day-out with people one does not like, and sell oneself to chaperone and correct them?
Journal entry, May 20, 1913 during her brief career as a boarding-school teacher
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-Ruth Benedict, An Anthropologist at Work: Writings of Ruth Benedict, by Margaret Mead, 1959.
Culture
Engrave this Quote The crucial differences which distinguish human societies and human beings are not biological. They are cultural.
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-Ruth Benedict
Debt / Borrow / Loan
Engrave this Quote A man's indebtedness is not virtue; his repayment is. Virtue begins when he dedicates himself actively to the job of gratitude.
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-Ruth Benedict
Faith
Engrave this Quote Our faith in the present dies out long before our faith in the future.
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-Ruth Benedict
Growth
We grow in time to trust the future for our answers.
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-Ruth Benedict, An Anthropologist at Work: Writings of Ruth Benedict, by Margaret Mead, 1959.
Perception
Engrave this Quote No man ever looks at the world with pristine eyes. He sees it edited by a definite set of customs and institutions and ways of thinking.
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-Ruth Benedict
Racism
Engrave this Quote Racism is an ism to which everyone in the world today is exposed; for or against, we must take sides. And the history of the future will differ according to the decision which we make.
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-Ruth Benedict
War
Engrave this Quote If we justify war, it is because all peoples always justify the traits of which they find themselves possessed, not because war will bear an objective examination of its merits.
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