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 :: 1887-1948, American Anthropologist

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A man's indebtedness is not virtue; his repayment is. Virtue begins when he dedicates himself actively to the job of gratitude.
~ Ruth Benedict - [Debt]

 

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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.
~ Ruth Benedict - [War]

 

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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.
~ Ruth Benedict - [Innocence]

 

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Our faith in the present dies out long before our faith in the future.
~ Ruth Benedict - [Faith]

 

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Racism is an ism to which everyone in the world today is exposed; for or against, we must take sides. And the history of the future will differ according to the decision which we make.
~ Ruth Benedict - [Race and Racism]

 

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