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Susan Sontag Quotes

Susan Sontag Quote: “I haven’t been everywhere, but it’s on my list.”
Susan Sontag Quote: “A thing is a thing, not what is said of that thing.”
Susan Sontag Quote: “Translation is the circulatory system of the world’s literatures.”
Susan Sontag Quote: “Do stuff. be clenched, curious. Not waiting for inspiration’s shove or society’s kiss on your forehead. Pay attention. It’s all about paying attention. attention is vitality. It connects you with others. It makes you eager. stay eager.”
Susan Sontag Quote: “Life is a movie; death is a photograph.”
Susan Sontag Quote: “Kindness, kindness, kindness. I want to make a New Year’s prayer, not a resolution. I’m praying for courage.”
Susan Sontag Quote: “A writer, I think, is someone who pays attention to the world.”
Susan Sontag Quote: “Sanity is a cozy lie.”
Susan Sontag Quote: “My library is an archive of longings.”
Susan Sontag Quote: “Everything has changed and nothing is changed.”
Susan Sontag Quote: “The white race is the cancer of human history.”
Susan Sontag Quote: “Intelligence is really a kind of taste: taste in ideas.”
Susan Sontag Quote: “I’m only interested in people engaged in a project of self-transformation.”
Susan Sontag Quote: “In the valley of sorrow, spread your wings.”
Susan Sontag Quote: “What makes me feel strong? Being in love and work. I must work.”
Susan Sontag Quote: “What is the most beautiful in virile men is something feminine; what is most beautiful in feminine women is something masculine.”
Susan Sontag Quote: “Today everything exists to end in a photograph.”
Susan Sontag Quote: “10 percent of any population is cruel, no matter what, and 10 percent is merciful, no matter what, and the remaining 80 percent can be moved in either direction.”
Susan Sontag Quote: “Love words, agonize over sentences. And pay attention to the world.”
Susan Sontag Quote: “In place of a hermeneutics we need an erotics of art.”
Susan Sontag Quote: “Lying is an elementary means of self-defense.”
Susan Sontag Quote: “Illness is the night-side of life, a more onerous citizenship. Everyone who is born holds dual citizenship, in the kingdom of the well and in the kingdom of the sick.”
Susan Sontag Quote: “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 Quote: “Depression is melancholy minus its charms – the animation, the fits.”
Susan Sontag Quote: “Art is a form of consciousness.”
Susan Sontag Quote: “A good book is an education of the heart. It enlarges your sense of human possibility what human nature is of what happens in the world. It’s a creator of inwardness.”
Susan Sontag Quote: “The basic unit for contemporary art is not the idea, but the analysis of and extension of sensations.”
Susan Sontag Quote: “The only interesting answers are those that destroy the questions.”
Susan Sontag Quote: “All understanding begins with our not accepting the world as it appears.”
Susan Sontag Quote: “Attention is vitality. It connects you with others. It makes you eager. Stay eager.”
Susan Sontag Quote: “Fear binds people together. And fear disperses them. Courage inspires communities: the courage of an example – for courage is as contagious as fear. But courage, certain kinds of courage, can also isolate the brave.”
Susan Sontag Quote: “The most potent elements in a work of art are, often, its silences.”
Susan Sontag Quote: “Photographs furnish evidence. Something we hear about, but doubt, seems proven when we’re shown a photograph of it.”
Susan Sontag Quote: “Writing is a little door. Some fantasies, like big pieces of furniture, won’t come through.”
Susan Sontag Quote: “Mozart, Pascal, Boolean algebra, Shakespeare, parliamentary government, baroque churches, Newton, the emancipation of women, Kant, Balanchine ballets, et al. don’t redeem what this particular civilization has wrought upon the world. The white race is the cancer of human history.”
Susan Sontag Quote: “Being in love means being willing to ruin yourself for the other person.”
Susan Sontag Quote: “Love dies because its birth was an error.”
Susan Sontag Quote: “I don’t write because there’s an audience. I write because there is literature.”
Susan Sontag Quote: “The whole point of Camp is to dethrone the serious. Camp is playful, anti-serious. More precisely, Camp involves a new, more complex relation to “the serious.” One can be serious about the frivolous, frivolous about the serious.”
Susan Sontag Quote: “I believe that courage is morally neutral. I can well imagine wicked people being brave and good people being timid or afraid. I don’t consider it a moral virtue.”
Susan Sontag Quote: “It’s a pleasure to share one’s memories. Everything remembered is dear, endearing, touching, precious. At least the past is safe though we didn’t know it at the time. We know it now. Because it’s in the past; because we have survived.”
Susan Sontag Quote: “Compassion is an unstable emotion. It needs to be translated into action, or it withers.”
Susan Sontag Quote: “It hurts to love. It’s like giving yourself to be flayed and knowing that at any moment the other person may just walk off with your skin.”
Susan Sontag Quote: “This is the beauty that emerges from self-confidence, class confidence. That says, I am not born to please. I am born to be pleased.”
Susan Sontag Quote: “The painter constructs, the photographer discloses.”
Susan Sontag Quote: “It is easier to endure than to change. But once one has changed, what was endured is hard to recall.”
Susan Sontag Quote: “In the journal I do not just express myself more openly than I could to any person; I create myself.”
Susan Sontag Quote: “Needing to have reality confirmed and experience enhanced by photographs is an aesthetic consumerism to which everyone is now addicted. Industrial societies turn their citizens into image-junkies; it is the most irresistible form of mental pollution.”
Susan Sontag Quote: “Pornography is a theatre of types, never of individuals.”
Susan Sontag Quote: “Self-exposure is commendable in art only when it is of a quality and complexity that allows other people to learn about themselves from it.”
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