Ashley Montagu

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Ashley Montagu (June 28, 1905, London, England - November 26, 1999, Princeton, New Jersey), was a British anthropologist and humanist who wrote about issues such as race and gender and their relation to politics and development.


  • [C]ircumcision, an archaic ritual mutilation that has no justification whatever and no place in a civilized society.
  • The family unit is the institution for the systematic production of mental illness.
    • interview on "The Tonight Show With Johnny Carson" promoting the latest edition of his book The Natural Superiority of Women (orig. 1952)


  • Science has proof without any certainty. Creationists have certainty without any proof.
  • The natural superiority of women is a biological fact, and a socially acknowledged reality.
  • The idea is to die young as late as possible.
  • The majority of people believe in incredible things that are absolutely false. The majority of people daily act in a manner prejudicial to their general well-being.
  • Absolute truth belongs only to one class of humans ... the class of absolute fools.
    • quoted by James Davidson Hunter in Culture Wars: The Struggle to Define America (1991)

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