Quotation by 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 (1915–1980), French semiologist. "Dark Glasses," sect. 2, A Lover's Discourse (1977, trans. 1979).
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