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Roland Barthes - Quotes

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Language is legislation, speech is its code. We do not see the power which is in speech because we forget that all speech is a classification, and that all classifications are oppressive. ---->>>

Myth is neither a lie nor a confession: it is an inflexion. ---->>>

There is only one way left to escape the alienation of present day society: to retreat ahead of it.

There is only one way left to escape the alienation of present day society: to retreat ahead of it.

What I claim is to live to the full the contradiction of my time, which may well make sarcasm the condition of truth.

What I claim is to live to the full the contradiction of my time, which may well make sarcasm the condition of truth.

A photograph is always invisible, it is not it that we see. ---->>>

Literature is the question minus the answer. ---->>>

The photographic image... is a message without a code. ---->>>

The skyscraper establishes the block, the block creates the street, the street offers itself to man. ---->>>

I have tried to be as eclectic as I possibly can with my professional life, and so far it's been pretty fun. ---->>>

To try to write love is to confront the muck of language: that region of hysteria where language is both too much and too little, excessive and impoverished. ---->>>

The bastard form of mass culture is humiliated repetition... always new books, new programs, new films, news items, but always the same meaning. ---->>>

To eat steak rare... represents both a nature and a morality. ---->>>

Through the mythology of Einstein, the world blissfully regained the image of knowledge reduced to a formula. ---->>>

I call the discourse of power any discourse that engenders blame, hence guilt, in its recipient. ---->>>

The New is not a fashion, it is a value. ---->>>

For the theatre one needs long arms; it is better to have them too long than too short. An artiste with short arms can never, never make a fine gesture. ---->>>

What the public wants is the image of passion, not passion itself. ---->>>

The politician being interviewed clearly takes a great deal of trouble to imagine an ending to his sentence: and if he stopped short? His entire policy would be jeopardized! ---->>>

Language is a skin: I rub my language against the other. It is as if I had words instead of fingers, or fingers at the tip of my words. My language trembles with desire. ---->>>

Literature is without proofs. By which it must be understood that it cannot prove, not only what it says, but even that it is worth the trouble of saying it. ---->>>

Biography

Nationality: French
Born: 11-12, 1915
Birthplace: Cherbourg, France
Die: 03-25, 1980
Occupation: Critic
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Roland Gérard Barthes (; French: [ʁɔlɑ̃ baʁt]; 12 November 1915 – 26 March 1980) was a French literary theorist, philosopher, linguist, critic, and semiotician. Barthes' ideas explored a diverse range of fields and he influenced the development of schools of theory including structuralism, semiotics, social theory, design theory, anthropology and post-structuralism (wikipedia)