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Roland Barthes
(1915-1980) born on
Nov 12
French critic. He was known for his contributions to structural linguistics and New Criticism intellectual movement; wrote "Writing Degree Zero," 1953.
         
   
F
Through the mythology of Einstein, the world blissfully regained the image of knowledge reduced to a formula.

R
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.
A
Literature is the question minus the answer.
N
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.
K
What I claim is to live to the full the contradiction of my time, which may well make sarcasm the condition of truth.
 
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Published Sources for the above Quotations:
F: "Mythologies," "The Brain of Einstein," 1957.
R: "A Lovers Discourse: Fragments," "Talking," 1977.
A: In "Webster's Electronic Quotebase," ed. Keith Mohler, 1994.
N: "Deliberation," in "Tel Quel" (Paris), Winter 1979; in "Barthes: Selected Writings," 1982.
K: "Mythologies," Preface.
   


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