Roland Barthes
Quotations


The face of Garbo is an Idea, that of Hepburn an Event.

The petit-bourgeois is a man unable to imagine the Other. If he comes face to face with him, he blinds himself, ignores and denies him, or else transforms him into himself.

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

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!

There are two kinds of liberalism. A liberalism which is always, subterraneously authoritative and paternalistic, on the side of one's good conscience. And then there is a liberalism which is more ethical than political; one would have to find another name for this. Something like a profound suspension of judgment.

The bastard form of mass culture is humiliated repetition . . . always new books, new programs, new films, news items, but always the same meaning.

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.



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