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Susan Sontag Quote: “I haven’t been everywhere, but it’s on my list.”

I haven’t been everywhere, but it’s on my list.

— Susan Sontag



Susan Sontag Quote: “A thing is a thing, not what is said of that thing.”

A thing is a thing, not what is said of that thing.

— Susan Sontag


Susan Sontag Quote: “Translation is the circulatory system of the world’s literatures.”

Translation is the circulatory system of the world’s literatures.

— Susan Sontag


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.”

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


Susan Sontag Quote: “Kindness, kindness, kindness. I want to make a New Year’s prayer, not a resolution. I’m praying for courage.”

Kindness, kindness, kindness. I want to make a New Year’s prayer, not a resolution. I’m praying for courage.

— Susan Sontag


Susan Sontag Quote: “Life is a movie; death is a photograph.”

Life is a movie; death is a photograph.

— Susan Sontag


Susan Sontag Quote: “Sanity is a cozy lie.”

Sanity is a cozy lie.

— Susan Sontag


Susan Sontag Quote: “Everything has changed and nothing is changed.”

Everything has changed and nothing is changed.

— Susan Sontag


Susan Sontag Quote: “A writer, I think, is someone who pays attention to the world.”

A writer, I think, is someone who pays attention to the world.

— Susan Sontag


Susan Sontag Quote: “My library is an archive of longings.”

My library is an archive of longings.

— Susan Sontag



Susan Sontag Quote: “I’m only interested in people engaged in a project of self-transformation.”

I’m only interested in people engaged in a project of self-transformation.

— Susan Sontag


Susan Sontag Quote: “Intelligence is really a kind of taste: taste in ideas.”

Intelligence is really a kind of taste: taste in ideas.

— Susan Sontag


Susan Sontag Quote: “The white race is the cancer of human history.”

The white race is the cancer of human history.

— Susan Sontag


Susan Sontag Quote: “Today everything exists to end in a photograph.”

Today everything exists to end in a photograph.

— Susan Sontag


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.”

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


Susan Sontag Quote: “What makes me feel strong? Being in love and work. I must work.”

What makes me feel strong? Being in love and work. I must work.

— Susan Sontag


Susan Sontag Quote: “In the valley of sorrow, spread your wings.”

In the valley of sorrow, spread your wings.

— Susan Sontag


Susan Sontag Quote: “What is the most beautiful in virile men is something feminine; what is most beautiful in feminine women is something masculine.”

What is the most beautiful in virile men is something feminine; what is most beautiful in feminine women is something masculine.

— Susan Sontag


Susan Sontag Quote: “Depression is melancholy minus its charms – the animation, the fits.”

Depression is melancholy minus its charms – the animation, the fits.

— Susan Sontag


Susan Sontag Quote: “Love words, agonize over sentences. And pay attention to the world.”

Love words, agonize over sentences. And pay attention to the world.

— Susan Sontag



Susan Sontag Quote: “Art is a form of consciousness.”

Art is a form of consciousness.

— Susan Sontag


Susan Sontag Quote: “Lying is an elementary means of self-defense.”

Lying is an elementary means of self-defense.

— Susan Sontag


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.”

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


Susan Sontag Quote: “In place of a hermeneutics we need an erotics of art.”

In place of a hermeneutics we need an erotics of art.

— Susan Sontag


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.”

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


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.”

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


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.”

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


Susan Sontag Quote: “All understanding begins with our not accepting the world as it appears.”

All understanding begins with our not accepting the world as it appears.

— Susan Sontag


Susan Sontag Quote: “Being in love means being willing to ruin yourself for the other person.”

Being in love means being willing to ruin yourself for the other person.

— Susan Sontag


Susan Sontag Quote: “Love dies because its birth was an error.”

Love dies because its birth was an error.

— Susan Sontag


Susan Sontag Quote: “Writing is a little door. Some fantasies, like big pieces of furniture, won’t come through.”

Writing is a little door. Some fantasies, like big pieces of furniture, won’t come through.

— Susan Sontag


Susan Sontag Quote: “I don’t write because there’s an audience. I write because there is literature.”

I don’t write because there’s an audience. I write because there is literature.

— Susan Sontag


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.”

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


Susan Sontag Quote: “The only interesting answers are those that destroy the questions.”

The only interesting answers are those that destroy the questions.

— Susan Sontag


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.”

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


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.”

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


Susan Sontag Quote: “The painter constructs, the photographer discloses.”

The painter constructs, the photographer discloses.

— Susan Sontag


Susan Sontag Quote: “The most potent elements in a work of art are, often, its silences.”

The most potent elements in a work of art are, often, its silences.

— Susan Sontag


Susan Sontag Quote: “Reading usually precedes writing. And the impulse to write is almost always fired by reading. Reading, the love of reading, is what makes you dream of becoming a writer.”

Reading usually precedes writing. And the impulse to write is almost always fired by reading. Reading, the love of reading, is what makes you dream of becoming a writer.

— Susan Sontag


Susan Sontag Quote: “Pornography is a theatre of types, never of individuals.”

Pornography is a theatre of types, never of individuals.

— Susan Sontag


Susan Sontag Quote: “Thinking, writing are ultimately questions of stamina.”

Thinking, writing are ultimately questions of stamina.

— Susan Sontag


Susan Sontag Quote: “I am profoundly uncertain how to write. I know what I love and what I like, because it’s a direct passionate response. But when I write, I’m very uncertain whether it’s good enough. That is, of course, the writer’s agony.”

I am profoundly uncertain how to write. I know what I love and what I like, because it’s a direct passionate response. But when I write, I’m very uncertain whether it’s good enough. That is, of course, the writer’s agony.

— Susan Sontag


Susan Sontag Quote: “Art is not consciousness per se, but rather its antidote- evolved from within consciousness itself.”

Art is not consciousness per se, but rather its antidote- evolved from within consciousness itself.

— Susan Sontag


Susan Sontag Quote: “I was not looking for my dreams to interpret my life, but rather for my life to interpret my dreams.”

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

— Susan Sontag


Susan Sontag Quote: “The photographer’s intentions do not determine the meaning of a photograph, which will have its own career, blown by the whims and loyalties of the diverse communities that have use for it.”

The photographer’s intentions do not determine the meaning of a photograph, which will have its own career, blown by the whims and loyalties of the diverse communities that have use for it.

— Susan Sontag


Susan Sontag Quote: “Photographs may be more memorable than moving images, because they are a neat slice of time, not a flow. Each still photograph is a privileged moment turned into a slim object that one can keep and look at again.”

Photographs may be more memorable than moving images, because they are a neat slice of time, not a flow. Each still photograph is a privileged moment turned into a slim object that one can keep and look at again.

— Susan Sontag


Susan Sontag Quote: “Rules of taste enforce structures of power.”

Rules of taste enforce structures of power.

— Susan Sontag


Susan Sontag Quote: “Nothing is mysterious, no human relation. Except love.”

Nothing is mysterious, no human relation. Except love.

— Susan Sontag


Susan Sontag Quote: “Compassion is an unstable emotion. It needs to be translated into action, or it withers.”

Compassion is an unstable emotion. It needs to be translated into action, or it withers.

— Susan Sontag


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.”

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

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