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Roland Barthes quotes: Why is it better to last than to burn? Why is it better to last than to burn?
Roland Barthes quotes: Literature is like phosphorus: it shines with its maximum brilliance and the moment when it attempts to die. Literature is like phosphorus: it shines with its maximum brilliance and the moment when it attempts to die.
Roland Barthes quotes: Engulfment is a moment of hypnosis. Engulfment is a moment of hypnosis.
Roland Barthes quotes: ...language is never innocent. ...language is never innocent.
Roland Barthes quotes: Is not the most erotic part of the body wherever the clothing affords a glimpse? Is not the most erotic part of the body wherever the clothing affords a glimpse?
Roland Barthes quotes: Thus every writer's motto reads: mad I cannot be, sane I do not deign to be, neurotic I am. Thus every writer's motto reads: mad I cannot be, sane I do not deign to be, neurotic I am.
Roland Barthes quotes: Television doomed us to the Family, whose household instrument it has become-what the hearth used to be, flanked by the communal kettle. Television doomed us to the Family, whose household instrument it has become-what the hearth used to be, flanked by the communal kettle.
Roland Barthes quotes: Don't say mourning. It's too psychoanalytic. I'm not mourning. I'm suffering. Don't say mourning. It's too psychoanalytic. I'm not mourning. I'm suffering.
Roland Barthes quotes: I have a disease; I see language. I have a disease; I see language.
Roland Barthes quotes: Above all, do not attempt to be exhaustive. Above all, do not attempt to be exhaustive.
Roland Barthes quotes: All of a sudden it didn't bother me not being modern. All of a sudden it didn't bother me not being modern.
Roland Barthes quotes: 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.
Roland Barthes quotes: Don't bleach language, savour it instead. Stroke it gently or even groom it, but don't "purify" it. Don't bleach language, savour it instead. Stroke it gently or even groom it, but don't "purify" it.
Roland Barthes quotes: It exists only for me. For you, it would be nothing but an indifferent picture. It exists only for me. For you, it would be nothing but an indifferent picture.
Roland Barthes quotes: In the sentence "She's no longer suffering," to what, to whom does "she" refer? What does that present tense mean? In the sentence "She's no longer suffering," to what, to whom does "she" refer? What does that present tense mean?
Roland Barthes quotes: SuicideHow would I know I don't suffer any more, if I'm dead? Suicide
How would I know I don't suffer any more, if I'm dead?
Roland Barthes quotes: There is nothing in discourse that is not to be found in a sentence. There is nothing in discourse that is not to be found in a sentence.
Roland Barthes quotes: I am interested in language because it wounds or seduces me. I am interested in language because it wounds or seduces me.
Roland Barthes quotes: It is my desire I desire, and the loved being is no more than its tool. It is my desire I desire, and the loved being is no more than its tool.
Roland Barthes quotes: Literature is the question minus the answer. Literature is the question minus the answer.
Roland Barthes quotes: Like a kind of melancholy mirage, the other withdraws into infinity and I wear myself out trying to get there. Like a kind of melancholy mirage, the other withdraws into infinity and I wear myself out trying to get there.
Roland Barthes quotes: We don't forget, but something vacant settles in us. We don't forget, but something vacant settles in us.
Roland Barthes quotes: The pleasure of the text is that moment when my body pursues its own ideas - for my body does not have the same ideas as I do. The pleasure of the text is that moment when my body pursues its own ideas - for my body does not have the same ideas as I do.
Roland Barthes quotes: It must always be considered as though spoken by a character in a novel It must always be considered as though spoken by a character in a novel
Roland Barthes quotes: The gift is contact, sensuality: you will be touching what I have touched, a third skin unites us. The gift is contact, sensuality: you will be touching what I have touched, a third skin unites us.
Roland Barthes quotes: ... the book creates meaning, the meaning creates life. ... the book creates meaning, the meaning creates life.
Roland Barthes quotes: He who reads a story only once is condemned to read the same story his whole life. He who reads a story only once is condemned to read the same story his whole life.
Roland Barthes quotes: A photograph is always invisible, it is not it that we see. A photograph is always invisible, it is not it that we see.
Roland Barthes quotes: The best principals are not heroes; they are hero makers. The best principals are not heroes; they are hero makers.
Roland Barthes quotes: Where you are tender, you speak your plural. Where you are tender, you speak your plural.
Roland Barthes quotes: Language is neither reactionary nor progressive; it is quite simply fascist; for fascism does not prevent speech, it compels speech. Language is neither reactionary nor progressive; it is quite simply fascist; for fascism does not prevent speech, it compels speech.
Roland Barthes quotes: The photographic image ... is a message without a code. The photographic image ... is a message without a code.
Roland Barthes quotes: How does meaning get into the image? Where does it end? And if it ends, what is there beyond? How does meaning get into the image? Where does it end? And if it ends, what is there beyond?
Roland Barthes quotes: The bastard form of mass culture is humiliated repetition ... always new books, new programs, new films, news items, but always the same meaning. The bastard form of mass culture is humiliated repetition ... always new books, new programs, new films, news items, but always the same meaning.
Roland Barthes quotes: I call the discourse of power any discourse that engenders blame, hence guilt, in its recipient. I call the discourse of power any discourse that engenders blame, hence guilt, in its recipient.
Roland Barthes quotes: I am either lacerated or ill at ease and occasionally subject to gusts of life. I am either lacerated or ill at ease and occasionally subject to gusts of life.
Roland Barthes quotes: Literature is that which he can not read without pain, without choking on truth. Literature is that which he can not read without pain, without choking on truth.
Roland Barthes quotes: As soon as someone dies, frenzied construction of the future (shifting furniture, etc.): futuromania. As soon as someone dies, frenzied construction of the future (shifting furniture, etc.): futuromania.
Roland Barthes quotes: What love lays bare in me is energy. What love lays bare in me is energy.
Roland Barthes quotes: When we look at a photograph of ourselves or of others, we are really looking at the return of the dead. When we look at a photograph of ourselves or of others, we are really looking at the return of the dead.
Roland Barthes quotes: Boredom is not far from bliss: it is bliss seen from the shores of pleasure. Boredom is not far from bliss: it is bliss seen from the shores of pleasure.
Roland Barthes quotes: Myth is neither a lie nor a confession: it is an inflexion. Myth is neither a lie nor a confession: it is an inflexion.
Roland Barthes quotes: The cultural work done in the past by gods and epic sagas is now done by laundry-detergent commercials and comic-strip character The cultural work done in the past by gods and epic sagas is now done by laundry-detergent commercials and comic-strip character
Roland Barthes quotes: Writing is the destruction of every voice, of every point of origin. Writing is the destruction of every voice, of every point of origin.
Roland Barthes quotes: I make the other's absence responsible for my worldliness. I make the other's absence responsible for my worldliness.
Roland Barthes quotes: I have tried to be as eclectic as I possibly can with my professional life, and so far it's been pretty fun. I have tried to be as eclectic as I possibly can with my professional life, and so far it's been pretty fun.
Roland Barthes quotes: Today there is no symbolic compensation for old age, no recognition of a specific value: wisdom, perceptiveness, experience, vision. Today there is no symbolic compensation for old age, no recognition of a specific value: wisdom, perceptiveness, experience, vision.
Roland Barthes quotes: The necessary condition for an image is sight, The necessary condition for an image is sight,
Roland Barthes quotes: This endured absence is nothing more or less than forgetfulness. I am, intermittently, unfaithful. This is the condition of my survival. This endured absence is nothing more or less than forgetfulness. I am, intermittently, unfaithful. This is the condition of my survival.
Roland Barthes quotes: I live in my suffering and that makes me happy.Anything that keeps me from living in my suffering is unbearable to me. I live in my suffering and that makes me happy.
Anything that keeps me from living in my suffering is unbearable to me.
Roland Barthes quotes: To eat steak rare ... represents both a nature and a morality. To eat steak rare ... represents both a nature and a morality.
Roland Barthes quotes: Those who fail to reread are obliged to read the same story everywhere. Those who fail to reread are obliged to read the same story everywhere.
Roland Barthes quotes: Any demand is frigid until desire, until neurosis forms in it. Any demand is frigid until desire, until neurosis forms in it.
Roland Barthes quotes: Isn't the most sensitive point of this mourning the fact that I must lose a language - the amorous language? No more 'I love you's. Isn't the most sensitive point of this mourning the fact that I must lose a language - the amorous language? No more 'I love you's.
Roland Barthes quotes: What I hide by my language, my body utters. What I hide by my language, my body utters.
Roland Barthes quotes: Are not couturiers the poets who, from year to year, from strophe to strophe, write the anthem of the feminine body? Are not couturiers the poets who, from year to year, from strophe to strophe, write the anthem of the feminine body?
Roland Barthes quotes: I pass lightly through the reactionary darkness. I pass lightly through the reactionary darkness.
Roland Barthes quotes: We know that the war against intelligence is always waged in the name of common sense. We know that the war against intelligence is always waged in the name of common sense.
Roland Barthes quotes: [T]he most repugnant bastard there is: the bastard-octopus. [T]he most repugnant bastard there is: the bastard-octopus.
Roland Barthes quotes: The realists do not take the photograph for a 'copy' of reality, but for an emanation of past reality, a magic, not an art. The realists do not take the photograph for a 'copy' of reality, but for an emanation of past reality, a magic, not an art.
Roland Barthes quotes: I encounter millions of bodies in my life; of these millions, I may desire some hundreds; but of these hundreds, I love only one. I encounter millions of bodies in my life; of these millions, I may desire some hundreds; but of these hundreds, I love only one.
Roland Barthes quotes: Painting can feign reality without having seen it. Painting can feign reality without having seen it.
Roland Barthes quotes: The Text is not a definitive object. The Text is not a definitive object.
Roland Barthes quotes: Incoherence seems to me preferable to a distorting order. Incoherence seems to me preferable to a distorting order.
Roland Barthes quotes: The skyscraper establishes the block, the block creates the street, the street offers itself to man. The skyscraper establishes the block, the block creates the street, the street offers itself to man.
Roland Barthes quotes: A creative writer is one for whom writing is a problem. A creative writer is one for whom writing is a problem.
Roland Barthes quotes: To eat, to speak, to sing (need we add: to kiss?) are operations which have the same site of the body for origin. To eat, to speak, to sing (need we add: to kiss?) are operations which have the same site of the body for origin.
Roland Barthes quotes: One must turn the tongue seven times in the mouth before speaking. One must turn the tongue seven times in the mouth before speaking.
Roland Barthes quotes: Every photograph is a certificate of presence. Every photograph is a certificate of presence.
Roland Barthes quotes: The author enters into his own death, writing begins. The author enters into his own death, writing begins.