Roland Barthes Quotes

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

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

Pleasure is continually disappointed, reduced, deflated, in favor of strong, noble values: Truth, Death, Progress, Struggle, Joy, etc. Its victorious rival is Desire: we are always being told about Desire, never about Pleasure.

Roland Barthes

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

Roland Barthes

Literature is the question minus the answer.

Roland Barthes

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

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

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

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

This is a perfect world I'm riding on an incline I'm staring in your face You'll photograph mine

Roland Barthes

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

Roland Barthes

The lover who does not forget sometimes dies from excess, fatigue, and the strain of memory.

Roland Barthes

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