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Roland Barthes Quotes

Let these quotes by Roland Barthes help you to have a positive attitude toward life, and to think positively.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Literature is the question minus the answer.
- Roland Barthes

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

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

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

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

Love does not claim possession, but gives freedom.
- Rabindranath Tagore PHOTO

We must be free not because we claim freedom,
but because we practice it.
- William Faulkner

They claim this mother of ours, the Earth,
for their own use, and fence their neighbors away from her,
and deface her with their buildings and their refuse.
- Sitting Bull

Always it gave me a pang that my children had no lawful claim to a name.
- Harriet Ann Jacobs

I claim to be a simple individual liable
to err like any other fellow mortal.
I own, however, that I have humility enough
to confess my errors and to retrace my steps.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

The claim "I was only following orders" has been used
to justify too many tragedies in our history.
- Captain Picard of the television series
STAR TREK: The Next Generation

All sorts of computer errors are now turning up.
You'd be surprised to know the number of doctors who
claim they are treating pregnant men.
- Isaac Asimov

I claim that human mind or human society
is not divided into watertight compartments
called social, political and religious.
All act and react upon one another.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Liberals seem to assume that, if you don't believe
in their particular political solutions,
then you don't really care about the people that they claim to want to help.
- Thomas Sowell

I spent six years in Bible study because I needed to get grounded.
People really need to spend time in the Bible getting
to know the God they claim to love.
- Willie Aames

I couldn't claim that I have never felt the urge to explore evil,
but when you descend into hell you have to be very careful.
- Kathleen Raine

I claim the right to take a stand once in a while.
- Antonio Tabucchi

I cannot explain why they made that sequel to Secret of NIMH.
Because they claim that it the original didn't make money,
so what was the enthusiasm to make a sequel?
- Don Bluth

What moves me is neither ethnocentric pride nor sectarian arrogance.
I make no claim that Jewish culture is superior to other cultures.
But it is mine.
- Theodore Bikel

As many political writers have pointed out,
commitment to political equality is not an empirical
claim that people are clones.
- Steven Pinker

Certainly ordinary language has no claim to be the last word,
if there is such a thing.
- J. L. Austin

Mickey Mouse...
is always there-he's part of my life.
That really is something not everyone can call their claim to fame.
- Annette Funicello

Tolerance is giving to every other human being every
right that you claim for yourself.
- Robert Green Ingersoll

Well, I don't think anyone now would say that they're
painting the state of the culture of America.
I think that's too grand and pompous a thing for anybody to claim.
- Donald Judd

I did not claim that speciation occurs only in founder populations.
- Ernst Mayr

Why don't the names of Buddha, Mohammed,
Confucius offend people? The reason is that these others didn't claim to be God,
but Jesus did.
- Josh McDowell

Jesus claimed He had the power to raise himself from
the dead and His followers would be raised from the dead.
That's a unique claim in the literature of religion.
- Josh McDowell

We decline the claim to power by parties which want
to own their followers body and soul,
and which want to put themselves over and above the whole nation.
- Franz von Papen

My only real claim to anyone's attention lies in my writing.
- Philip Pullman

I therefore claim to show, not how men think in myths,
but how myths operate in men's minds without their being aware of the fact.
- Claude Levi-Strauss

So far as the economic condition of society and the
general mode of living and thinking were concerned,
I might claim to have lived in the time of the American Revolution.
- Simon Newcomb

A central claim of the Bush administration's foreign
policy is that the spread of democracy in the Middle
East is the cure for terrorism.
- Timothy Garton Ash

It is not so much for its beauty that the forest makes
a claim upon men's hearts,
as for that subtle something, that quality of air that
emanation from old trees,
that so wonderfully changes and renews a weary spirit.
- Robert Louis Stevenson

The scientific and scholarly community is marked by
the belief that the truth is to be found in all;
none can claim it as their monopoly.
- John Charles Polanyi

In Afghanistan, this is the problem,
because everybody holds a piece of that mirror,
and they all look at it and claim that they hold the entire truth.
- Mohsen Makhmalbaf

No good poem, however confessional it may be,
is just a self-expression.
Who on earth would claim that the pearl expresses the oyster?
- C. Day Lewis

Something that has always puzzled me all my life is why,
when I am in special need of help, the good deed is
usually done by somebody on whom I have no claim.
- William Feather

Access to the Vedas is the greatest privilege this
century may claim over all previous centuries.
- J. Robert Oppenheimer

If your contribution has been vital there will always
be somebody to pick up where you left off,
and that will be your claim to immortality.
- Walter Gropius

I was the executive editor on a little magazine called Greek Accent,
whose only claim to fame is that its art director went
on to be the art director of Discover for many years.
- Jane Haddam

Some artists claim praise is irrelevant in measuring the success of art,
but I think it's quite relevant.
Besides, it makes me feel great.
- Chris Van Allsburg

When men talk about defense, they always claim to be
protecting women and children,
but they never ask the women and children what they think.
- Pat Schroeder

I could not claim them because I was not supposed to be flying in combat.
- Adolf Galland

There is nothing wrong where we reach a point where
maybe everybody could claim a victory.
I think it would be good for the American people,
which should be our first priority.
- John Breaux

The insidiousness of science lies in its claim to be not a subject,
but a method.
- Katherine Fullerton Gerould

As busy as I claim to be, I've still got the greatest job in the world.
- Peter Criss

Those who dare to interpret God's will must never claim
Him as an asset for one nation or group rather than another.
- Robert Runcie

I always claim that the writer has done 90 percent of the director's work.
- Harold Ramis

No one can claim to be called Christian who gives money
for the building of warships and arsenals.
- Belva Lockwood

I'm not certain that the BBC can claim to be making
a wide enough range of distinctive programmes to make the case convincingly.
- Jonathan Dimbleby

No matter how much Bill Gates may claim otherwise,
he missed the Internet, like a barreling freight train
that he didn't hear or see coming.
- Jim Clark

Getting buried alive will always be my claim to fame.
- Crystal Chappell

I claim Dickens as a mentor.
He's my teacher.
He's one of my driving forces.
- Anne Rice

The only ground on which a neutral State can claim
respect at the hands of belligerents is,
that, so far as she is concerned, their rights are protected.
- Gerrit Smith

Lawyers claim that their clients have been grossly mistreated,
which is what criminal defense lawyers are paid to do.
- Kenneth Starr

The tendency to claim God as an ally for our partisan
value and ends is the source of all religious fanaticism.
- Reinhold Niebuhr


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