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Quotes of the day: George Herbert Mead

Published Thursday, February 26, 2015 @ 6:51 PM EST
Feb 26 2015

George Herbert Mead (February 27, 1863 – April 26, 1931) was an American philosopher, sociologist and psychologist, primarily affiliated with the University of Chicago, where he was one of several distinguished pragmatists. He is regarded as one of the founders of social psychology and the American sociological tradition in general. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


A multiple personality is in a certain sense normal.

History is always the interpretation of the present.

Imagery is not past but present. It rests with what we call our mental processes to place these images in a temporal order.

In wartime we identify ourselves with the nation, and its interests are the interests of our primal selves.

Man lives in a world of meaning.

No very sharp line can be drawn between social psychology and individual psychology.

Our cautious ancestors, when yawning, blocked the way to the entrance of evil spirits by putting their hands before their mouths. We find a reason for the gesture in the delicacy of manner which forbids an indecent exposure.

Social psychology is especially interested in the effect which the social group has in the determination of the experience and conduct of the individual member.

Society is unity in diversity.

The beauty of a face is not a separate quality but a relation or proportion of qualities to each other.

The self has the characteristic that it is an object to itself, and that characteristic distinguishes it from other objects and from the body.

To be interested in the public good we must be disinterested, that is, not interested in goods in which our personal selves are wrapped up.

Warfare is an utterly stupid method of settling differences of interest between different nations.


(February 27 is also the birthday of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Hugo Black, John Steinbeck, and Peter De Vries.)

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