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Mary Catherine Bateson Quotes


An American writer and cultural anthropologist.
(1939 - )

Fear is not a good teacher. The lessons of fear are quickly forgotten.
 

Fluidity and discontinuity are central to the reality in which we live.
 

Goals too clearly defined can become blinkers.
 

Human beings do not eat nutrients, they eat food.
 

No matter how happily a woman may be married, it always pleases her to discover that there is a really nice man who wishes she were not.
 

Of any stopping place in life, it is good to ask whether it will be a good place from which to go on as well as a good place to remain.
 

Sharing is sometimes more demanding than giving.
 

The capacity to combine commitment with skepticism is essential to democracy.
 

The family is changing, not disappearing. We have to broaden our understanding of it, look for the new metaphors.
 

The timing of death, like the ending of a story, gives a changed meaning to what preceded it.
 

There are few things as toxic as a bad metaphor. You can't think without metaphors.