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The Argonauts Quotes

Maggie Nelson
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In this way you can have your empty church with a dirt floor swept clean of dirt and your spectacular stained glass gleaming by the cathedral rafters, both. Because nothing you say can fuck up the space for God.
-- The Author (Part 1)

Importance: With this quote, the author uses different images relating to the spiritual associations of church to illustrate her point that no matter what kinds of words get used to develop any kinds of ideas, there is always room for a spiritual, personal, inner truth to emerge.

…Barthes describes how the subject who utters the phrase ‘I love you’ is like ‘the Argonaut renewing his ship during its voyage without changing its name.’ Just as the Argo’s parts may be replaced over time but the boat is still called the Argo, whenever the lover utters the phrase ‘I love you,’, its meaning must be renewed by each use, as ‘the very...
-- The Author, quoting Roland Barthes (Part 1)

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