Ashley Montagu (1905-1999)

“The moments of happiness we enjoy take us by surprise. It is not that we seize them, but that they seize us.”

“Science has proof without any certainty. Creationists have certainty without any proof.”

“By virtue of being born to humanity, every human being has a right to the development and fulfillment of his potentialities as a human being.”

“One goes through school, college, medical school and one’s internship learning little or nothing about goodness but a good deal about success.”

“The doctor has been taught to be interested not in health but in disease. What the public is taught is that health is the cure for disease.”

“Hell has been described as a pocket edition of Chicago.”

“There are people who see nudity in the crotch of every tree”

“It is the mark of the cultured man that he is aware of the fact that equality is an ethical and not a biological principle”

“There have been some medical schools in which somewhere along the assembly line, a faculty member has informed the students, not so much by what he said but by what he did, that there is an intimate relation between curing and caring.”

“The principal contributor to loneliness in this country is television. What happens is that the family ‘gets together’ alone.”

“The natural superiority of women is a biological fact, and a socially acknowledged reality.”

“The deepest human defeat suffered by human beings is constituted by the difference between what one was capable of becoming and what one has in fact become.”

“It is not the most lovable individuals who stand more in need of love, but the most unlovable”

“The idea is to die young as late as possible.”

“Human beings are the only creatures who are able to behave irrationally in the name of reason.”

“The cultured man is an artist, an artist in humanity.”

“Psychosclerosis: the hardening of the attitude which causes a person to cease dreaming, seeing, thinking, and leading.”

“It is work, work that one delights in, that is the surest guarantor of happiness. But even here it is a work that has to be earned by labor in one’s earlier years. One should labor so hard in youth that everything one does subsequently is easy by comparison.”

“The Good Book / one of the most remarkable euphemisms ever copied.”

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