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Mary Catherine Bateson

1939 CE –

“ Dr. Spock’s first baby,” daughter of Margaret Mead and Gregory Bateson, and after having “the best-documented childhood in the United States,” Mary carried on her parents’ intellectual and anthropological tradition writing and teachings in places like Harvard, George Mason University, and Amherst as well as leading organizations like the Institute for Intercultural Studies in New York. When a freshman in college after attending one of her mother’s lectures with a boyfriend, she lamented the possibility of ever having a good marriage after her mother and father’s example; she agreed to an engagement and wound up married to that same boyfriend for over 50 years.

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Quotes by Mary Catherine Bateson (19 quotes)

“A book is like a river (and Into the same river no man can step twice) because the intellectual context, like the reader, changes steadily… We have changed and the broad intellectual climate has changed.”

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

Themes: Fear

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

Themes: Family

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“Worlds can be found by a child and an adult bending down and looking together under the grass stems or at the skittering crabs in a tidal pool.”

Themes: Education

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“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.”

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“Goals too clearly defined can become blinders.”

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“We are living longer, but thinking shorter.”

Themes: Longevity

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“We are not what we know but what we are willing to learn.”

Themes: Openness

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“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.”

Themes: Travel

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

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

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“The past empowers the present, and the sweeping footsteps leading to this present mark the pathways to the future.”

Themes: Time

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“Work is one of the most important sources of happiness — not at all a curse as the Bible teaches.”

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“Work is one of the most important sources of happiness — not at all a curse as the Bible teaches.”

Themes: Livelihood

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“There is no such thing as independence, it’s an illusion — interdependence is what matters”

Themes: Oneness

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Rosa Parks triggered the civil rights movement and proved you can be an activist by sitting down.”

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“We have to liberate ourselves from the stereotypes of aging, they’re obsolete.”

Themes: Longevity

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“Every foreign war now will traumatize children who will hate us 50 years from now”

Themes: War

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“One of the biggest problems in this country is short term solutions”

Themes: Strategy

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