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"All women become like their mothers. That is their tragedy. No man does. That's his."
Oscar Wilde
Roland Barthes Quotes
A photograph is always invisible, it is not it that we see.
Roland Barthes

All official institutions of language are repeating machines: school, sports, advertising, popular songs, news, all continually repeat the same structure, the same meaning, often the same words: the stereotype is a political fact, the major figure of ideology.
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

Historically and politically, the petit-bourgeois is the key to the century. The bourgeois and proletariat classes have become abstractions: the petite-bourgeoisie, in contrast, is everywhere, you can see it everywhere, even in the areas of the bourgeois and the proletariat, what's left of them.
Roland Barthes

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

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

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 the question minus the answer.
Roland Barthes

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

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

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

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

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

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 cafT to the speech at a formal dinner.
Roland Barthes

Type:
Critic
Date of Birth:
1915-11-12
Year of Death:
1980
Nationality:
French
 

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