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Claude Levi-Strauss - From the Creativity category:

The work of the painter, the poet or the musician, like the myths and symbols of the savage, ought to be seen by us, if not as a superior form of knowledge, at least as the most fundamental and the only one really common to us all; scientific thought is merely the sharp point - more penetrating because it has been whetted on the stone of fact, but at the cost of some loss of substance... (Claude Levi-Strauss)

Claude Levi-Strauss - From the Culture category:

Objects are what matter. Only they carry the evidence that throughout the centuries something really happened among human beings. (Claude Levi-Strauss)

Claude Levi-Strauss - From the Earth category:

The world began without man, and it will complete itself without him. (Claude Levi-Strauss)

Claude Levi-Strauss - From the Language category:

Language is a form of human reason, which has its internal logic of which man knows nothing. (Claude Levi-Strauss)

Claude Levi-Strauss - From the Music category:

The musical emotion springs precisely from the fact that at each moment the composer withholds or adds more or less than the listener anticipates on the basis of a pattern that he thinks he can guess, but that he is incapable of wholly divining. If the composer withholds more than we anticipate, we experience a delicious falling sensation; we feel we have been torn from a stable point on the musical ladder and thrust into the void. When the composer withholds less, the opposite occurs: he forces us to perform gymnastic exercises more skillful than our own. (Claude Levi-Strauss)

Claude Levi-Strauss - From the Music category:

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. (Claude Levi-Strauss)

Claude Levi-Strauss - From the Photography category:

With all its technical sophistication, the photographic camera remains a coarse device compared to the human hand and brain. (Claude Levi-Strauss)

Claude Levi-Strauss - From the Questions category:

The wise man doesn't give the right answers, he poses the right questions. (Claude Levi-Strauss)

Claude Levi-Strauss - From the Understanding category:

Understanding arises from reducing one type of reality into another. (Claude Levi-Strauss)

Claude Levi-Strauss - From the Universe category:

Just as the individual is not alone in the group, nor any one in society alone among the others, so man is not alone in the universe. (Claude Levi-Strauss)