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As people grow older, some of the ways they have contributed in the past may no longer be possible, but the challenge to society is not only to provide help and care where these are needed but also to offer the opportunity to contribute and care for others [p. 8]
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We are not what we know but what we are willing to learn.

— Mary Catherine Bateson

The timing of death, like the ending of a story, gives a changed meaning to what preceded it.

— Mary Catherine Bateson

The critical question about regret is whether experience led to growth and new learning. Some people seem to keep on making the same mistakes, while others at least make new ones. Regret and remorse can be either paralyzing or inspiring. [p. 199]

— Mary Catherine Bateson

Rarely is it possible to study all of the instructions to a game before beginning to play, or to memorize the manual before turning on the computer. The excitement of improvisation lies not only in the risk of being involved but in the new ideas, as heady as the adrenaline of performance, that seems to come from nowhere.

— Mary Catherine Bateson

Physical things are eloquent tokens of ideas,enriched by new meanings through time even when the tokens are no more than evanescent paper representations.

— Mary Catherine Bateson

It's all about being in control of myself as an older woman who lives alone, and it's all about how I am going to do what I have to do to be as strong as I can be and be confident that I can do what I need to do as an older person. [p. 62]

— Mary Catherine Bateson

There are few things as toxic as a bad metaphor. You can't think without metaphors.

— Mary Catherine Bateson

The family is changing, not disappearing. We have to broaden our understanding of it, look for the new metaphors.

— Mary Catherine Bateson

Fluidity and discontinuity are central to the reality in which we live.

— Mary Catherine Bateson

The human species thinks in metaphors and learns through stories.

— Mary Catherine Bateson

What would it be like to have not only color vision but culture vision, the ability to see the multiple worlds of others.

— Mary Catherine Bateson

Human beings tend to regard the conventions of their own societies as natural, often as sacred.

— Mary Catherine Bateson

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