Clifford Geertz is very well known in the area of interpretive/symbolic anthropology.
Geertz has many quotes linked to him. This is likely his most quoted:
“Believing, with Max Weber, that man is an animal suspended in webs of significance he himself has spun,”….“I take culture to be those webs, and the analysis of it to be therefore not an experimental science in search of law but an interpretative one in search of meaning. It is explication I am after, construing social expression on their surface enigmatical.”
Also, Geertz’ two most read/cited articles are the following:
Symbolic/Interpretive Anthropology always seems to find its way into current discussions of anthropology. Is it a post-modern thing? The following classics, are great illustrations on the genre.
-Mary Douglas, External Boundaries (1966)
-Victor Turner, Symbols in Ndembu Ritual (1967)
an experimental science in search of law
an interpretative “science” in search of meaning?
“For it only apparently cocks that are fighting there. Actually, it is men.”