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Roland Barthes Quotes and Sayings
Quotes by Roland Barthes

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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

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

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

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

 

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

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

What the public wants is the image of passion,
not passion itself.
- Roland 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!
- Roland Barthes

The skyscraper establishes the block,
the block creates the street, the street offers itself to man.
- Roland Barthes

A photograph is always invisible, it is not it that we see.
- Roland Barthes

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

Literature is the question minus the answer.
- Roland Barthes

To eat steak rare...
represents both a nature and a morality.
- Roland Barthes

Myth is neither a lie nor a confession:
it is an inflexion.
- Roland Barthes

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.
- Roland Barthes

The New is not a fashion, it is a value.
- Roland Barthes

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

I call the discourse of power any discourse that engenders blame,
hence guilt, in its recipient.
- Roland Barthes

The photographic image...
is a message without a code.
- Roland Barthes

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

FEAR is an acronym in the English language
for "False Evidence Appearing Real."
- Neale Donald Walsch

The language of Friendship is not words, but meanings.
It is an intelligence above language.
- Henry David Thoreau

One of the greatest cause of unhappiness -
perhaps even the only cause of unhappiness - is comparison.
I remember as a young child hearing my mother say,
"Comparisons are odious."
That is one of the oldest sayings in the English language,
and one of the most important.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Writing is a dance with the uncertainties of language.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Most of the fundamental ideas of science
are essentially simple,
and may, as a rule, be expressed
in a language comprehensible to everyone.
- Albert Einstein

Like music and art, love of nature is a common language
that can transcend political or social boundaries.
- Jimmy Carter

If you talk to a man in a language he understands,
that goes to his head.
If you talk to him in his language,
that goes to his heart.
- Nelson Mandela

Kindness is a language which the deaf can hear,
and the blind can see.
- Mark Twain

The most dangerous phrase in the language is,
"We've always done it this way."
- Grace Hopper

Language... has created the word "loneliness"
to express the pain of being alone.
And it has created the word "solitude"
to express the glory of being alone.
- Paul Tillich

Real programmers can write assembly code in any language.
- Larry Wall

So women are at the beginning of building a language,
and not all women are conscious of it.
- Judy Chicago

The protean nature of the computer is such that it
can act like a machine or like a language to be shaped and exploited.
- Alan Kay

Poetry is ordinary language raised to the Nth power.
Poetry is boned with ideas, nerved and blooded with emotions,
all held together by the delicate, tough skin of words.
- Paul Engle

The more you explain it, the more I don't understand it.
- Mark Twain

The language of excitement is at best picturesque merely.
You must be calm before you can utter oracles.
- Henry David Thoreau

Poetry is language at its most distilled and most powerful.
- Rita Dove

On what rests the hope of the republic? One country,
one language, one flag!
- Alexander Henry

No heirloom of humankind captures the past as do art and language.
- Theodore Bikel

Music is the soul of language.
- Max Heindel

A poet is, before anything else, a person who is passionately in love with language.
- W. H. Auden

The Internet is not just one thing, it's a collection of things -
of numerous communications networks that all speak
the same digital language.
- Jim Clark

Use what language you will,
you can never say anything but what you are.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Music happens to be an art form that transcends language.
- Herbie Hancock

We don't have a language for the senses.
Feelings are images,
sensations are like musical sounds.
- Anais Nin

Painting is by nature a luminous language.
- Robert Delaunay

Language is remarkable, except under the extreme constraints
of mathematics and logic,
it never can talk only about what it's supposed to
talk about but is always spreading around.
- Howard Nemerov

APL is a mistake, carried through to perfection.
It is the language of the future for the programming techniques of the past:
it creates a new generation of coding bums.
- Edsger Dijkstra

I had said no to him and no to him and no to him and
no to him and no to him and no to him about his saucy language.
It had never gotten to this level until I came back.
- Andrea Mackris

No one ever became, or can become truly eloquent without
being a reader of the Bible,
and an admirer of the purity and sublimity of its language.
- Fisher Ames

Speech sounds cannot be understood, delimited,
classified and explained except in the light of the
tasks which they perform in language.
- Roman Jakobson

One does not inhabit a country; one inhabits a language.
That is our country, our fatherland -
and no other.
- Emile M. Cioran

Language is the mother of thought, not its handmaiden.
- Karl Kraus

The chief virtue that language can have is clearness,
and nothing detracts from it so much as the use of unfamiliar words.
- Hippocrates

The themes Poe used were universal and timeless.
As long as the English language exists at all,
we will be able to appreciate what he did.
It will not age!
It will not become dated!
- John Astin

Writing gives me the opportunity to explore ideas,
play with language, solve problems, use my imagination,
and draw on my own childhood.
- Jack Prelutsky

I do not share the wish to see my language dead and decently buried.
- Douglas Hyde

To handle a language skillfully is to practice a kind of evocative sorcery.
- Charles Baudelaire

Our culture, language, history, and values are vital
to uniting us as a nation.
- Bobby Jindal

Duty is the most sublime word in our language.
Do your duty in all things.
You cannot do more.
You should never wish to do less.
- Robert E. Lee

In a sense, every form of expression is imposed upon one by social factors,
one's own language above all.
- Edward Sapir

There are infinite shadings of light and shadows and colors...
it's an extraordinarily subtle language.
Figuring out how to speak that language is a lifetime job.
- Conrad Hall

Good art theory must smell of the studio,
although its language should differ from the household
talk of painters and sculptors.
- Rudolf Arnheim

Language is an archaeological vehicle...
the language we speak is a whole palimpsest of human effort and history.
- Russell Hoban

The idea of a language more simple than ours.
- John Dudley

Great literature is simply language charged with meaning
to the utmost possible degree.
- Ezra Pound

No language is rude that can boast polite writers.
- Aubrey Beardsley

I do not use the language of my people.
I can take liberties with certain themes which the
Arabic language would not allow me to take.
- Tahar Ben Jelloun

Language is the house of the truth of Being.
- Martin Heidegger

Singing beautiful melodies is one thing,
but to deliver the text so that the people understand it,
even in a foreign language, has to be worked at very hard.
- Maureen Forrester

I work with language.
I love the flowers of afterthought.
- Bernard Malamud


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