Ruth Fulton Benedict
Quotations


A man's indebtedness is not virtue; his repayment is. Virtue begins when he dedicates himself actively to the job of gratitude.

I gambled on having the strength to live two lives, one for myself and one for the world.

I have always used the world of make-believe with a certain desperation.

I long to speak out the intense inspiration that comes to me from the lives of strong women.

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.

It is my necessary breath of life to understand and expression is the only justification of life that I can feel without prodding.

Liberty is the one thing no man can have unless he grants it to others.

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.

Our faith in the present dies out long before our faith in the future.

Racism in its nationalistic phase has been a politician's plaything. It is a dangerous plaything, a sword which can be turned in any direction to condemn the enemy of the moment.

War is, we have been forced to admit, even in the face of its huge place in our civilization, an asocial trait.

Work even when I'm satisfied with it is never my child I love nor my servant I've brought to heel. It's always busy work I do with my left hand, and part of me watches grudging the wastes of a lifetime.



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