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 Roland Barthes - “The photographic image... is a message without a code.”
 Roland Barthes - “A photograph is always invisible, it is not it that we see.”
 Roland Barthes - “To eat steak rare... represents both a nature and a morality.”
 Roland Barthes - “Inexpressible LoveTo know that one does not write for the other, to know that these things I am going to write will never cause me to be loved by the one I love, to know that writing compensates for nothing..”
 Roland Barthes - “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”
 Roland Barthes - “To hide a passion totally (or even to hide, more simply, its excess) is inconceivable not because the human subject is too weak, but because passion is in essence made to be seen the hiding must be seen I want you to know that I am hiding something from you, that is the active paradox I must resolve at one and the same time it must be known and not known I want you to know that I don't want to show my feelings that is the message I address to the other.”
 Roland Barthes - “The bastard form of mass culture is humiliated repetition... always new books, new programs, new films, news items, but always the same meaning.”
 Roland Barthes - “I think that cars today are almost the exact equivalent of the great Gothic cathedrals I mean the supreme creation of an era, conceived with passion by unknown artists, and consumed in image if not in usage by a whole population which appropriates t”
 Roland Barthes - “Wine is a part of society because it provides a basis not only for a morality but also for an environment it is an ornament in the slightest ceremonials of French daily life, from the snack to the feast, from the conversation at the local cafT to the speech at a formal dinner.”
 Roland Barthes - “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.”
 Roland Barthes - “What the Journal posits is not the tragic question, the Madman's question Who am I, but the comic question, the Bewildered Man's question Am I A comic --a comedian, that's what the Journal keeper is.”
 Roland Barthes - “Historically and politically, the petit-bourgeois is the key to the century. The bourgeois and proletariat classes have become abstractions the petite-bourgeoisie, in contrast, is everywhere, you can see it everywhere, even in the areas of the bourgeois and the proletariat, what's left of them.”
 Roland Barthes - “To endow the writer publicly with a good fleshly body, to reveal that he likes dry white wine and underdone steak, is to make even more miraculous for me, and of a more divine essence, the products of his art. Far from the details of his daily life bringing nearer to me the nature of his inspiration and making it clearer, it is the whole mystical singularity of his condition which the writer emphasizes by such confidences. For I cannot but ascribe to some superhumanly the existence of beings vast enough to wear blue pajamas at the very moment when they manifest themselves as universal conscience.”
 Roland Barthes - “Very often (too often in my view) I was aware of being photographed. So, from the moment I feel I am in the camera's eye, everything changes I begin to pose, I immediately create a different body, I change even before the image.”
 Roland Barthes - “Other countries drink to get drunk, and this is accepted by everyone in France, drunkenness is a consequence, never an intention. A drink is felt as the spinning out of a pleasure, not as the necessary cause of an effect which is sought wine is not only a philter, it is also the leisurely act of drinking.”
 Roland Barthes - “There is only one way left to escape the alienation of present day society to retreat ahead of it”
 Roland Barthes - “All official institutions of language are repeating machines school, sports, advertising, popular songs, news, all continually repeat the same structure, the same meaning, often the same words the stereotype is a political fact, the major figure of ideology.”
 Roland Barthes - “New York... is a city of geometric heights, a petrified desert of grids and lattices, an inferno of greenish abstraction under a flat sky, a real Metropolis from which man is absent by his very accumulation.”
 Roland Barthes - “To endow the writer publicly with a good fleshly body, to reveal that he likes dry white wine and underdone steak, is to make even more miraculous for me, and of a more divine essence, the products of his art.”
 Roland Barthes - “The skyscraper establishes the block, the block creates the street, the street offers itself to man.”
 Roland Barthes - “The bastard form of mass culture is humiliated repetition. . . always new books, new programs, new films, news items, but always the same meaning.”
 Roland Barthes - “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”
 Roland Barthes - “Myth is neither a lie nor a confession it is an inflexion.”
 Roland Barthes - “The face of Garbo is an Idea, that of Hepburn an Event.”
 Roland Barthes - “The New is not a fashion, it is a value.”

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