Ruth Fulton Benedict (1887-1947) 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 Fulton Benedict


Culture is not a biologically transmitted complex. - Ruth Fulton Benedict


The trouble with life isn't that there is no answer, it's that there are so many answers. - Ruth Fulton Benedict


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


The happiest excitement in life is to be convinced that one is fighting for all one is worth on behalf of some clearly seen and deeply felt good. - Ruth Fulton Benedict


I haven't strength of mind not to need a career. - Ruth Fulton Benedict


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 Fulton Benedict


Our faith in the present dies out long before our faith in the future. - Ruth Fulton Benedict


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 Fulton Benedict