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Susan Sontag Quotes and Sayings
Quotes by Susan Sontag

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The only interesting answers are those that destroy the questions.
- Susan Sontag

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Travel becomes a strategy for accumulating photographs.
- Susan Sontag

Intelligence is really a kind of taste:
taste in ideas.
- Susan Sontag

So successful has been the camera's role in beautifying
the world that photographs,
rather than the world, have become the standard of the beautiful.
- Susan Sontag

 

Interpretation is the revenge of the intellectual upon art.
- Susan Sontag

Science fiction films are not about science.
They are about disaster, which is one of the oldest subjects of art.
- Susan Sontag

What is most beautiful in virile men is something feminine;
what is most beautiful in feminine women is something masculine.
- Susan Sontag

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I was not looking for my dreams to interpret my life,
but rather for my life to interpret my dreams.
- Susan Sontag

The truth is balance.
However the opposite of truth, which is unbalance,
may not be a lie.
- Susan Sontag

It is not suffering as such that is most deeply feared
but suffering that degrades.
- Susan Sontag

Although none of the rules for becoming more alive is valid,
it is healthy to keep on formulating them.
- Susan Sontag

Mallarme said that everything in the world exists in order to end in a book.
Today everything exists to end in a photograph.
- Susan Sontag

I do not think white America is committed to granting
equality to the American Negro.
This is a passionately racist country;
it will continue to be so in the foreseeable future.
- Susan Sontag

Volume depends precisely on the writer's having been
able to sit in a room every day,
year after year, alone.
- Susan Sontag

As photographs give people an imaginary possession
of a past that is unreal,
they also help people to take possession of space in which they are insecure.
- Susan Sontag

I don't want to express alienation.
It isn't what I feel.
I'm interested in various kinds of passionate engagement.
All my work says be serious, be passionate,
wake up.
- Susan Sontag

Lying is an elementary means of self-defense.
- Susan Sontag

AIDS occupies such a large part in our awareness because
of what it has been taken to represent.
It seems the very model of all the catastrophes privileged
populations feel await them.
- Susan Sontag

Ambition, if it feeds at all, does so on the ambition of others.
- Susan Sontag

Anything in history or nature that can be described
as changing steadily can be seen as heading toward catastrophe.
- Susan Sontag

Existence is no more than the precarious attainment
of relevance in an intensely mobile flux of past,
present, and future.
- Susan Sontag

Authoritarian political ideologies have a vested interest in promoting fear,
a sense of the imminence of takeover by aliens and
real diseases are useful material.
- Susan Sontag

It is not altogether wrong to say that there is no
such thing as a bad photograph -
only less interesting,
less relevant, less mysterious ones.
- Susan Sontag

Depression is melancholy minus its charms -
the animation,
the fits.
- Susan Sontag

The truth is always something that is told,
not something that is known.
If there were no speaking or writing,
there would be no truth about anything.
There would only be what is.
- Susan Sontag

Books are funny little portable pieces of thought.
- Susan Sontag

A family's photograph album is generally about the extended family and,
often, is all that remains of it.
- Susan Sontag

The love of the famous, like all strong passions,
is quite abstract.
Its intensity can be measured mathematically,
and it is independent of persons.
- Susan Sontag

Sanity is a cozy lie.
- Susan Sontag

The ideology of capitalism makes us all into connoisseurs of liberty -
of the indefinite expansion of possibility.
- Susan Sontag

Most people in this society who aren't actively mad are,
at best, reformed or potential lunatics.
- Susan Sontag

Victims suggest innocence.
And innocence, by the inexorable logic that governs all relational terms,
suggests guilt.
- Susan Sontag

Silence remains, inescapably, a form of speech.
- Susan Sontag

In the final analysis, style is art.
And art is nothing more or less than various modes of stylized,
dehumanized representation.
- Susan Sontag

Any critic is entitled to wrong judgments,
of course.
But certain lapses of judgment indicate the radical
failure of an entire sensibility.
- Susan Sontag

It is not the position, but the disposition.
- Susan Sontag

What we need is to use what we have.
- Susan Sontag

The camera makes everyone a tourist in other people's reality,
and eventually in one's own.
- Susan Sontag

To photograph is to confer importance.
- Susan Sontag

The taste for quotations (and for the juxtaposition
of incongruous quotations) is a Surrealist taste.
- Susan Sontag

The life of the creative man is lead,
directed and controlled by boredom.
Avoiding boredom is one of our most important purposes.
- Susan Sontag

A fiction about soft or easy deaths is part of the
mythology of most diseases that are not considered shameful or demeaning.
- Susan Sontag

I envy paranoids; they actually feel people are paying attention to them.
- Susan Sontag

The becoming of man is the history of the exhaustion of his possibilities.
- Susan Sontag

The problems of this world are only truly solved in two ways:
by extinction or duplication.
- Susan Sontag

Life is not significant details, illuminated by a flash,
fixed forever.
Photographs are.
- Susan Sontag

"Camp" is a vision of the world in terms of style -
but a particular style.
It is the love of the exaggerated.
- Susan Sontag

Lying is the most simple form of self-defence.
- Susan Sontag

In America, the photographer is not simply the person who records the past,
but the one who invents it.
- Susan Sontag

Surrealism is a bourgeois disaffection;
that its militants thought it universal is only one
of the signs that it is typically bourgeois.
- Susan Sontag

The past itself, as historical change continues to accelerate,
has become the most surreal of subjects -
making it possible...
to see a new beauty in what is vanishing.
- Susan Sontag

Any important disease whose causality is murky,
and for which treatment is ineffectual,
tends to be awash in significance.
- Susan Sontag

Societies need to have one illness which becomes identified with evil,
and attaches blame to its victims.
- Susan Sontag

AIDS obliges people to think of sex as having,
possibly, the direst consequences: suicide.
Or murder.
- Susan Sontag

Pornography is a theatre of types, never of individuals.
- Susan Sontag

The painter constructs, the photographer discloses.
- Susan Sontag

My idea of a writer: someone interested in everything.
- Susan Sontag

What pornography is really about, ultimately,
isn't sex but death.
- Susan Sontag

Making social comment is an artificial place for an artist to start from.
If an artist is touched by some social condition,
what the artist creates will reflect that,
but you can't force it.
- Susan Sontag

The aim of all commentary on art now should be to make works of art -
and,
by analogy, our own experience - more,
rather than less, real to us.
The function of criticism should be to show how it is what it is,
even that it is what it is, rather than to show what it means.
- Susan Sontag

For those who live neither with religious consolations
about death nor with a sense of death (or of anything else) as natural,
death is the obscene mystery, the ultimate affront,
the thing that cannot be controlled.
It can only be denied.
- Susan Sontag

To take a photograph is to participate in another person's mortality,
vulnerability, mutability.
Precisely by slicing out this moment and freezing it,
all photographs testify to time's relentless melt.
- Susan Sontag

Darkness cannot drive out darkness;
only light can do that.
Hate cannot drive out hate;
only love can do that.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Play with life, laugh with life,
dance lightly with life,
and smile at the riddles of life,
knowing that life's only true lessons
are writ small in the margin.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

There are no facts, only interpretations.
- Friedrich Nietzsche

Hate is never conquered by hate,
Hate is only conquered by love.
- The Buddha

If the only prayer you said in your whole life was,
Thank you, that would suffice.
- Meister Eckhart

People only see what they are prepared to see.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

There are only two ways to live your life.
One is as though nothing is a miracle.
The other is as though everything is a miracle.
- Albert Einstein

The only thing necessary for evil to triumph
is for enough good men to do nothing.
- Edmund Burke

You're only here for a short visit.
Don't hurry. Don't worry.
And be sure to smell the flowers along the way.
- Walter Hagen


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