Edmund Leach quotes

  • Men do not have to cook their food; they do so for symbolic reasons to show they are men and not beasts.
    -- Edmund Leach

    #Men #Beast #Reason

  • The violence in the world comes about because we human beings are forever creating barriers between men who are like us and men who are not like us.
    -- Edmund Leach

    #Men #Creating #Forever

  • Far from being the basis of the good society, the family, with its narrow privacy and tawdry secrets, is the source of all our discontents.
    -- Edmund Leach

    #Secret #Privacy #Source

  • How can a modern anthropologist embark upon a generalization with any hope of arriving at a satisfactory conclusion? By thinking of the organizational ideas that are present in any society as a mathematical pattern.
    -- Edmund Leach

    #Hope #Thinking #Ideas

  • Truth is a totality, the sum of many overlapping partial images. History, on the other hand, sacrifices totality in the interest of continuity.
    -- Edmund Leach

    #Sacrifice #Hands #Truth Is

  • We always knew how to honor fallen soldiers. They were killed for our sake, they went out on our mission. But how are we to mourn a random man killed in a terrorist attack while sitting in a cafe? How do you mourn a housewife who got on a bus and never returned?

  • The beast faith lives on its own dung.

  • Whosoever is delighted in solitude is either a wild beast or a god.

  • Anyone who has no need of anybody but himself is either a beast or a God.

  • The mass of mankind are evidently slavish in their tastes, preferring a life suitable to beasts.

  • The misanthrope, as an essentially solitary man, is not a man at all: he must be a beast or a god...

  • Still, not much of a reason to live, is it? The fear of being punished for killing yourself.

  • There are lots of reasons why a woman stays with a man, even when she's given up on changing him and can predict with certainty the shape that the rest of her life with him is going to take.

  • Law that shocks equity is reason's murderer.

  • I think things happened the way they did for a reason