"I am convinced that living in an enclave shapes the personality, and living alone shapes the personality too."
"It is strange to be known so universally and yet to be so lonely."Mary Douglas on Albert Einstein
"Alone we can do so little together we can do so much."Mary Douglas on Helen Keller
"It's often just enough to be with someone. I don't need to touch them. Not even talk. A feeling passes between you both. You're not alone."Mary Douglas on Marilyn Monroe
"Associate with men of good quality if you esteem your own reputation for it is better to be alone than in bad company."Mary Douglas on George Washington
"I restore myself when I'm alone."Mary Douglas on Marilyn Monroe
"If you want to change the culture, you will have to start by changing the organization."
"Real equality is immensely difficult to achieve, it needs continual revision and monitoring of distributions. And it does not provide buffers between members, so they are continually colliding or frustrating each other."
"Mormons... are so strong, they can handle wealth, they are confident. I think it is because they are not bogged down by rules for equality, but have a firmly defined system of relative status and responsible command."
"Inequality can have a bad downside, but equality, for its part, sure does get in the way of coordination."
"If people want to compete for leadership of a religious group, they can compete in piety. A chilling thought. Or funny."