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Paul de Man
Born (1919-12-06)December 6, 1919
Antwerp, Belgium
Died December 21, 1983(1983-12-21) (aged 64)
New Haven, Connecticut, U.S.
Alma mater Free University of Brussels
Harvard University (Ph.D., 1960)
Era Contemporary philosophy
Region Western Philosophy
School Deconstruction

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
Metaphors are much more tenacious than facts.
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
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
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
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
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
Death is a displaced name for a linguistic predicament.
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