Clifford Geertz Quotes

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Clifford Geertz Quotes

Im an inveterate fox and not a hedgehog, so I always think you should try everything.
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One of the most significant facts about humanity may finally be that we all begin with the natural equipment to a live a thousand kinds of life but end in the end having lived only one

— Clifford Geertz

A religion is a system of symbols which acts to establish powerful, pervasive, and long-lasting moods in men by formulating conceptions of a general order of existence and clothing those conceptions with such an aura of factuality that the moods and motivations seem uniquely realistic.

— Clifford Geertz

Understanding a people's culture exposes their normalness without reducing their particularity ... It renders them accessible: setting them in the frame of their own banalities, it dissolves their opacity.

— Clifford Geertz

I think of myself as a writer who happens to be doing his writing as an anthropologist.

— Clifford Geertz

I think the perception of there being a deep gulf between science and the humanities is false.

— Clifford Geertz

I don't feel that an atmosphere of debate and total disagreement and argument is such a bad thing. It makes for a vital and alive field.

— Clifford Geertz

The North African mule talks always of his mother's brother, the horse, but never of his father, the donkey, in favor of others supposedly more reputable.

— Clifford Geertz

I don't have the notion that everybody has to write in some single academic style.

— Clifford Geertz

I've written a lot of books which are written from the moon - the view from nowhere.

— Clifford Geertz

Culture is public, because meaning is

— Clifford Geertz

As a religious problem, the problem of suffering is, paradoxically, not how to avoid suffering but how to suffer, how to make of physical pain, personal loss, worldly defeat, or the helpless contemplation of others' agony something bearable, supportable- something as we say, sufferable.

— Clifford Geertz

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