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Quotations From ROLAND BARTHES

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  • 11.
    I call the discourse of power any discourse that engenders blame, hence guilt, in its recipient.
    Roland Barthes (1915-1980), French semiologist. inaugural lecture, January 7, 1977, Collège de France; repr. In Barthes: Selected Writings (1982). Published as Leçon (1978).

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  • 12.
    Pleasure is continually disappointed, reduced, deflated, in favor of strong, noble values: Truth, Death, Progress, Struggle, Joy, etc. Its victorious rival is Desire: we are always being told about Desire, never about Pleasure.
    Roland Barthes (1915-1980), French semiologist. "Oppositions," The Pleasure of the Text (1975).

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  • 13.
    Myth is neither a lie nor a confession: it is an inflexion.
    Roland Barthes (1915-1980), French semiologist. "Myth Today: Reading and Deciphering Myth," Mythologies (1957, trans. 1972).
  • 14.
    The petit-bourgeois is a man unable to imagine the Other. If he comes face to face with him, he blinds himself, ignores and denies him, or else transforms him into himself.
    Roland Barthes (1915-1980), French semiologist. "Myth on the Right," Mythologies (1957, trans. 1972).

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  • 15.
    The face of Garbo is an Idea, that of Hepburn an Event.
    Roland Barthes (1915-1980), French semiologist. "The Face of Garbo," Mythologies (1957, trans. 1972).
  • 16.
    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 (1915-1980), French semiologist. Mythologies, preface (1957).

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  • 17.
    Wine is a part of society because it provides a basis not only for a morality but also for an environment; it is an ornament in the slightest ceremonials of French daily life, from the snack ... to the feast, from the conversation at the local café to the speech at a formal dinner
    Roland Barthes (1915-1980), French semiologist. "Wine and Milk," Mythologies (1957, trans. 1972).

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  • 18.
    The photographic image ... is a message without a code.
    Roland Barthes (1915-1980), French semiologist. repr. In Image Music Text (1977). "The Photographic Message," no. 1, Communications (Paris, 1961).
  • 19.
    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.
    Roland Barthes (1915-1980), French semiologist. repr. In Barthes: Selected Writings (1982). "Deliberation," Tel Quel (Paris, Winter 1979).
  • 20.
    New York ... is a city of geometric heights, a petrified desert of grids and lattices, an inferno of greenish abstraction under a flat sky, a real Metropolis from which man is absent by his very accumulation.
    Roland Barthes (1915-1980), French semiologist. repr. In The Eiffel Tower and Other Mythologies, trans. by Richard Howard (1979). "Buffet Finishes Off New York," Arts (Paris, 1959).

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