"The way in which mathematicians and physicists and historians talk is quite different, and what a physicist means by physical intuition and what a mathematician means by beauty or elegance are things worth thinking about."
"Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it."Clifford Geertz on Confucius
"To love beauty is to see light."Clifford Geertz on Victor Hugo
"Beauty is only skin deep. If you go after someone just because she's beautiful but don't have anything to talk about, it's going to get boring fast. You want to look beyond the surface and see if you can have fun or if you have anything in common with this person."Clifford Geertz on Amanda Peet
"A woman whose smile is open and whose expression is glad has a kind of beauty no matter what she wears."Clifford Geertz on Anne Roiphe
"People are like stained - glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within."Clifford Geertz on Elisabeth Kubler-Ross
"We need to think more about the nature of rhetoric in anthropology. There isn't a body of knowledge and thought to fall back on in this regard."
"Gender consciousness has become involved in almost every intellectual field: history, literature, science, anthropology. There's been an extraordinary advance."
"I think the perception of there being a deep gulf between science and the humanities is false."
"I'm writing a review of three books on feminism and science, and it's about social constructionism. So I would say I'm a social constructionist, whatever that means."