"I am sure it must be true that people opt out of the mainstream society because they feel that there are going to be no rewards for them, if they stay."
"You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty."Mary Douglas on Mahatma Gandhi
"An armed society is a polite society. Manners are good when one may have to back up his acts with his life."Mary Douglas on Robert A. Heinlein
"It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society."Mary Douglas on Jiddu Krishnamurti
"A people that values its privileges above its principles soon loses both."Mary Douglas on Dwight D. Eisenhower
"There is more to life than increasing its speed."Mary Douglas on Mahatma Gandhi
"I am convinced that living in an enclave shapes the personality, and living alone shapes the personality too."
"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."