Metaphors are much more tenacious than facts.

Paul De Man on image
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The writer's language is to some degree the product of his own action;

he is both the historian and the agent of his own language.

Paul De Man on authors
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Modernity exists in the form of a desire to wipe out whatever came earlier, in the hope of reaching at least a point that could be called a true present, a point of origin that marks a new departure.

Paul De Man on modern
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The critical method which denies literary modernity would appear - and even, in certain respects, would be - the most modern of critical movements.

Paul De Man on critical
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Fashion is like the ashes left behind by the uniquely shaped flames of the fire, the trace alone revealing that a fire actually took place.

Paul De Man on fashion
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Literature exists at the same time in the modes of error and truth;

it both betrays and obeys its own mode of being.

Paul De Man on books
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Literature... is condemned (or privileged) to be forever the most rigorous and, consequently, the most reliable of terms in which man names and transforms himself.

Paul De Man on books
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Death is a displaced name for a linguistic predicament.

Paul De Man on death
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The ambivalence of writing is such that it can be considered both an act and an interpretive process that follows after an act with which it cannot coincide. As such, it both affirms and denies its own nature.

Paul De Man on authors
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Curiously enough, it seems to be only in describing a mode of language which does not mean what it says that one can actually say what one means.

Paul De Man on language
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The critical method which denies literary modernity would appear -- and even, in certain respects, would be -- the most modern of critical movements.

Paul De Man on criticism
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About Paul De Man

Name Paul De Man
Quotes 11 quotations
Nationality Belgian
Profession Critic
Birthday October 16
About Paul de Man was a Belgian-born deconstructionist literary critic and theorist.He began teaching at Bard College. Later, he completed his Ph.D. at Harvard University in the late 1950s.
Top topics modernity, modern, denies, respects, critical