p.105 of Tristes Tropiques (Last paragraph of the Sao Paolo chapter):
“those great historical upheavals, which, when one reads of them in textbooks, appear to be the outcome of anonymous forces working in profound obscurity, can also, in a moment of lucidity, be brought about by the vigorous determination of a handful of talented young people.”
I am not talented. Nevertheless, it’s nice to read some not jaded about the possibility of the individual having a place in effecting change. If it were not so kitch, i would turn this into my “signature” quotation on emails.
I love Claude Levi-Strauss, by the by.