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Ruth Benedict
(1887-1948) born on
Jun 06
US anthropologist. She was an expert on American Indian tribes; wrote classic "Patterns of Culture," 1934; "Race, Science and Politics," 1940.
         
   
F
The adequate study of culture, our own and those on the opposite side of the globe, can press on to fulfillment only as we learn today from the humanities as well as from the scientists.

R
I haven't strength of mind not to need a career.
A
The trouble with life isn't that there is no answer, it's that there are so many answers.
N
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?
K
It is strange how we rebel against a platitude until suddenly in a different lingo it looms up again as the only verity.
 
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Published Sources for the above Quotations:
F: Conclusion of "Anthropology and the Humanities," address given as Retiring President of the American Anthropological Association, Dec. 1947.
R: In "An Anthropologist at Work," part 1, by Margaret Mead, 1959.
A: Journal entry, 7 Jan, 1913; in "An Anthropologist at Work," part 2, by Margaret Mead, 1959.
N: Journal entry, 20 May l 913, during her brief career as a boarding-schooll teacher.
K: In "An Anthropologist at Work: Writings of Ruth Benedict," by Margaret Mead, 1959.
   


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