Roland Barthes

(Roland Gérard Barthes)

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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. Policy & Policy Making
The processes of history in themselves … pose an interesting question- among so many others, that of their status. The status of a process may be affirmative, negative or interrogative. But the status of historical discourse is uniformly assertive, affirmative. The historical fact is linguistically associated with a privileged ontological status: we recount what has been, not what has not been, or what has been uncertain … historical discourse is not acquainted with negation. History
A photograph is always invisible, it is not it that we see.
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.
I call the discourse of power any discourse that engenders blame, hence guilt, in its recipient. Power
I have tried to be as eclectic as I possibly can with my professional life, and so far it's been pretty fun. Life
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.
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. Power
Literature is the question minus the answer.
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.
Myth is neither a lie nor a confession: it is an inflexion.
The bastard form of mass culture is humiliated repetition... always new books, new programs, new films, news items, but always the same meaning.
The New is not a fashion, it is a value.
The photographic image... is a message without a code.
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!
The skyscraper establishes the block, the block creates the street, the street offers itself to man.
There is only one way left to escape the alienation of present day society: to retreat ahead of it. Society
Through the mythology of Einstein, the world blissfully regained the image of knowledge reduced to a formula. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
To eat steak rare... represents both a nature and a morality. Nature
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. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
What I claim is to live to the full the contradiction of my time, which may well make sarcasm the condition of truth. Truth ;Time
What the public wants is the image of passion, not passion itself.