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

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.
Literature is the question minus the answer.
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.
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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