"Inequality can have a bad downside, but equality, for its part, sure does get in the way of coordination."
"I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character."Mary Douglas on Martin Luther King, Jr.
"Before God we are all equally wise - and equally foolish."Mary Douglas on Albert Einstein
"I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia, the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit together at the table of brotherhood."Mary Douglas on Martin Luther King, Jr.
"The sweltering summer of the Negro's legitimate discontent will not pass until there is an invigorating autumn of freedom and equality."Mary Douglas on Martin Luther King, Jr.
"Fourscore and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal."Mary Douglas on Abraham Lincoln
"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."
"If people want to compete for leadership of a religious group, they can compete in piety. A chilling thought. Or funny."