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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
    tags: respect 
     
    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
    tags: fashion  alone  fire 
     
    What we call ideology is precisely the confusion of linguistic with natural reality, of reference with phenomenalism
    — Paul de Man
    tags: reality  confusion 
     
    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
    tags: desires  present  true  hope 
     
    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
    tags: language 
     
    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
    tags: men  forever  literature 
     
    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
    tags: nature  process  writing 
     
    The bases for historical knowledge are not empirical facts but written texts, even if these texts masquerade in the guise of wars or revolutions.
    — Paul de Man
    Metaphors are much more tenacious than facts.
    — Paul de Man
    tags: metaphor  facts 
     
    Death is a displaced name for a linguistic predicament.
    — Paul de Man
    tags: death 
     
    If one reads too quickly or too slowly, one understands nothing.
    — Paul de Man
    tags: read 
     
    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
    tags: time  literature 
     
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