Thursday, November 12, 2009

Meandering in symbols . . .

Today is the birthday of Roland Barthes (November 12, 1915 – March 25, 1980) philosopher and semiotician.

"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

"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

"What the public wants is the image of passion, not passion itself." - Roland Barthes

"A photograph is always invisible, it is not it that we see." - Roland Barthes

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