Quotation by Ruth Benedict

I haven't strength of mind not to need a career.
Ruth Benedict (1887–1948), U.S. anthropologist. As quoted in An Anthropologist at Work, part 1, by Margaret Mead (1959).

From a prefatory essay to this collection of Benedict's writings: "Search: 1920-1930." According to Mead, Benedict used to say this, "with a rueful smile," during her early years of studying and practicing anthropology—i.e., c. in her early thirties.
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