Roland Barthes Quotes

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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.


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.


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.


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.


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!


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.




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