"Just in our lifetime our society has become looser and more private, it becomes extremely difficult to hold to any permanent commitment whatever, least of all to organized religion."
"This is my simple religion. There is no need for temples no need for complicated philosophy. Our own brain, our own heart is our temple the philosophy is kindness."Mary Douglas on Dalai Lama
"I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ."Mary Douglas on Mahatma Gandhi
"I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen: not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else."Mary Douglas on C. S. Lewis
"Aim at heaven and you will get earth thrown in. Aim at earth and you get neither."Mary Douglas on C. S. Lewis
"I would rather live my life as if there is a God and die to find out there isn't, than live my life as if there isn't and die to find out there is."Mary Douglas on Albert Camus
"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."