Roland Barthes

1915 - 1980

A Quote by Roland Barthes on alienation, day, society, and present

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

Roland Barthes (1915 - 1980)

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A Quote by Roland Barthes on language and love

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.

Roland Barthes (1915 - 1980)

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A Quote by Roland Barthes on passion

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

Roland Barthes (1915 - 1980)

Source: Esprit

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A Quote by Roland Barthes on knowledge, myth, and world

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

Roland Barthes (1915 - 1980)

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A Quote by Roland Barthes

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

Roland Barthes (1915 - 1980)

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A Quote by Roland Barthes on creation, magic, passion, and population

I think that cars today are almost the exact equivalent of the great Gothic cathedrals: I mean the supreme creation of an era, conceived with passion by unknown artists, and consumed in image if not in usage by a whole population which appropriates them as a purely magical object.

Roland Barthes (1915 - 1980)

Source: Mythologies, "La nouvelle Citroen"

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A Quote by Roland Barthes on sarcasm, time, and 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 (1915 - 1980)

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A Quote by Roland Barthes on desires, language, and words

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.

Roland Barthes (1915 - 1980)

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A Quote by Roland Barthes on language, oppression, power, and speech

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.

Roland Barthes (1915 - 1980)

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A Quote by Roland Barthes on literature and questions

Literature is the question minus the answer.

Roland Barthes (1915 - 1980)

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