Most people ask for happiness on condition. Happiness can only be felt if you don't set any condition.Arthur Rubinstein
- The bastard form of mass culture is humiliated repetition ... always new books, new programs, new films, news items, but always the same meaning.
- "Modern," in The Pleasure of the Text (1975)
- 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.
- "Talking," in A Lover's Discourse (1977)
- What the public wants is the image of passion, not passion itself.
- "Le monde où l'on catche," in Mythologies (1957)
- 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!
- "Sentence," in The Pleasure of the Text (1975)
- 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.
- "Myth on the Right," in Mythologies (1957)
- "Between Zero and a Hard Place" by Gilbert Wesley Purdy. Essay on Barthes' Writing Degree Zero.
- Barthes page from the Johns Hopkins Guide to Literary Theory (registration needed)
- Roland Barthes and Photography by Ron Burnett
- "From Work to Text" Essay written by Barthes.
- "Wrestling" Excerpt from Mythologies.