Claude Levi-Strauss Quotes

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Claude Levi-Strauss Quotes

Since music is the only language with the contradictory attributes of being intelligible and untranslatable, the musical creator is a being comparable to the gods, and music itself the supreme mystery of the science of man.
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Our system is the height of absurdity, since we treat the culprit both as a child, so as to have the right to punish him, and as an adult, in order to deny him consolation.

— Claude Levi-Strauss

I have never known so much naive conviction allied to greater intellectual poverty.

— Claude Levi-Strauss

Anthropology found its Galileo in Rivers, its Newton in Mauss.

— Claude Levi-Strauss

Animals are good to think with.

— Claude Levi-Strauss

I hate travelling and explorers

— Claude Levi-Strauss

The order and harmony of the Western world, its most famous achievement, and a laboratory in which structures of a complexity as yet unknown are being fashioned, demand the elimination of a prodigious mass of noxious by-products which now contaminate the globe. The first thing we see as we travel round the world is our own filth, thrown into the face of mankind.

— Claude Levi-Strauss

Music is a language by whose means messages are elaborated, that such messages can be understood by the many but sent out only by few, and that it alone among all the languages unites the contradictory character of being at once intelligible and untranslatable - these facts make the creator of music a being like the gods.

— Claude Levi-Strauss

Natural man did not precede society, nor is he outside it.

— Claude Levi-Strauss

The police are not entrusted with a mission which differentiates them from those they serve. Being unconcerned with ultimate purposes, they are inseparable from the persons and interests of their masters, and shine with their reflected glory.

— Claude Levi-Strauss

In the case of European towns, the passing of centuries provides an enhancement; in the case of American towns, the passing of years brings degeneration. It is not simply that they have been newly built; they were built so as to be renewable as quickly as they were put up, that is, badly.

— Claude Levi-Strauss

Enthusiastic partisans of the idea of progress are in danger of failing to recognize ... the immense riches accumulated by the human race. By underrating the achievements of the past, they devalue all those which still remain to be accomplished.

— Claude Levi-Strauss

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