Quotations From ROLAND BARTHES
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There are people who think that wrestling is an ignoble sport. Wrestling is not sport, it is a spectacle, and it is no more ignoble to attend a wrestled performance of suffering than a performance of the sorrows of Arnolphe or Andromaque.Roland Barthes (1915-1980), French semiologist. "The World of Wrestling," Mythologies (1957, trans. 1972). "What wrestling is above all meant to portray," Barthes added, "is a purely moral concept: that of justice. The idea of 'paying' is essential to wrestling, and the crowd's 'Give it to him' means above all else 'Make him pay.'..."
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What the Journal posits is not the tragic question, the Madman's question: "Who am I?", but the comic question, the Bewildered Man's question: "Am I?" A comica comedian, that's what the Journal keeper is.Roland Barthes (1915-1980), French semiologist. repr. In Barthes: Selected Writings (1982). "Deliberation," no. 82, Tel Quel, Paris (Winter 1979).
The skyscraper establishes the block, the block creates the street, the street offers itself to man.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).
Through the mythology of Einstein, the world blissfully regained the image of knowledge reduced to a formula.Roland Barthes (1915-1980), French semiologist. "The Brain of Einstein," Mythologies (1957, trans. 1972).
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