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Susan Sontag Quote: “Science fiction films are not about science. They are about disaster, which is one of the oldest subjects of art.”
Susan Sontag Quote: “The writer is either a practicing recluse or a delinquent, guilt-ridden one – or both. Usually both.”
Susan Sontag Quote: “Guns have metamorphosed into cameras in this earnest comedy, the ecology safari, because nature has ceased to be what it always had been – what people needed protection from. Now nature tamed, endangered, mortal – needs to be protected from people.”
Susan Sontag Quote: “Narratives can make us understand. Photographs do something else: they haunt us.”
Susan Sontag Quote: “Perhaps too much value is assigned to memory, not enough to thinking. Remembering is an ethical act, has ethical value in and of itself. Memory is, achingly, the only relation we can have with the dead.”
Susan Sontag Quote: “Unfortunately, moral beauty in art – like physical beauty in a person – is extremely perishable.”
Susan Sontag Quote: “Any sensibility which can be crammed into the mold of a system, or handled with the rough tools of proof, is no longer sensibility at all. It has hardened into an idea.”
Susan Sontag Quote: “Attention is vitality. It connects you with others. It makes you eager. Stay eager.”
Susan Sontag Quote: “Just as a camera is a sublimation of the gun, to photograph someone is a subliminal murder – a soft murder, appropriate to a sad, frightened time.”
Susan Sontag Quote: “I don’t write easily or rapidly. My first draft usually has only a few elements worth keeping. I have to find what those are and build from them and throw out what doesn’t work, or what simply is not alive.”
Susan Sontag Quote: “I don’t feel guilt at being unsociable, though I may sometimes regret it because my loneliness is painful. But when I move into the world, it feels like a moral fall – like seeking love in a whorehouse.”
Susan Sontag Quote: “Photography is an elegiac art, a twilight art. Most subjects photographed are, just by virtue of being photographed, touched with pathos.”
Susan Sontag Quote: “A way of certifying experience, taking photographs is also a way of refusing it – by limiting experience to a search for the photogenic, by converting experience into an image, a souvenir. Travel becomes a strategy for accumulating photographs.”
Susan Sontag Quote: “By furnishing this already crowded world with a duplicate one of images, photography makes us feel that the world is more available than it really is.”
Susan Sontag Quote: “Sight is a promiscuous sense. The avid gaze always wants more.”
Susan Sontag Quote: “Left-wing movements have tended to be unisex, and asexual in their imagery. Right-wing movements, however puritanical and repressive the realities they usher in, have an erotic surface. Certainly Nazism is “sexier” than communism.”
Susan Sontag Quote: “Travel becomes a strategy for accumulating photographs.”
Susan Sontag Quote: “Nobody ever discovered ugliness through photographs. But many, through photographs, have discovered beauty.”
Susan Sontag Quote: “I discovered that I am tired of being a person. Not just tired of being the person I was, but any person at all.”
Susan Sontag Quote: “The two pioneering forces of modern sensibility are Jewish moral seriousness and homosexual aestheticism and irony.”
Susan Sontag Quote: “All possibility of understanding is rooted in the ability to say no.”
Susan Sontag Quote: “What pornography is really about, ultimately, isn’t sex but death.”
Susan Sontag Quote: “The best emotions to write out of are anger and fear or dread. The least energizing emotion to write out of is admiration. It is very difficult to write out of because the basic feeling that goes with admiration is a passive contemplative mood.”
Susan Sontag Quote: “Silence remains, inescapably, a form of speech.”
Susan Sontag Quote: “A photograph passes for incontrovertible proof that a given thing happened. The picture may distort; but there is always a presumption that something exists, or did exist, which is like what’s in the picture.”
Susan Sontag Quote: “I’ve become passive. I don’t invent, I don’t yearn. I manage, I cope.”
Susan Sontag Quote: “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 Quote: “To photograph people is to violate them, by seeing them as they never see themselves, by having knowledge of them that they can never have...”
Susan Sontag Quote: “The most refined form of sexual attractiveness – as well as the most refined form of sexual pleasure – consists in going against the grain of one’s sex.”
Susan Sontag Quote: “The camera can be lenient; it is can also expert at being cruel. But its cruelty only produces another kind of beauty, according to the surrealist preferences which rule photographic taste.”
Susan Sontag Quote: “Transparence is the highest, most liberating value in art – and in criticism – today. Transparence means experiencing the luminousness of the thing in itself, of things being what they are.”
Susan Sontag Quote: “In every society, the definitions of sanity and madness are arbitrary – are, in the largest sense, political.”
Susan Sontag Quote: “War tears, rends. War rips open, eviscerates. War scorches. War dismembers. War ruins.”
Susan Sontag Quote: “Camp is art that proposes itself seriously, but cannot be taken altogether seriously because it is ’too much.”
Susan Sontag Quote: “Never worry about being obsessive. I like obsessive people. Obsessive people make great art.”
Susan Sontag Quote: “The Western memory museum is now mostly a visual one.”
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: “Pornography is one of the branches of literature – science fiction is another – aiming at disorientation, at psychic dislocation.”
Susan Sontag Quote: “Many things in the world have not been named; and many things, even if they have been named, have never been described.”
Susan Sontag Quote: “Using a camera appeases the anxiety which the work-driven feel about not working when they are on vacation and supposed to be having fun. They have something to do that is like a friendly imitation of work: they can take pictures.”
Susan Sontag Quote: “No ‘we’ should be taken for granted when the subject is looking at other people’s pain.”
Susan Sontag Quote: “Cameras miniaturize experience, transform history into spectacle.”
Susan Sontag Quote: “Much of modern art is devoted to lowering the threshold of what is terrible. By getting us used to what, formerly, we could not bear to see or hear, because it was too shocking, painful, or embarrassing, art changes morals.”
Susan Sontag Quote: “I want to save my soul, that timid wind.”
Susan Sontag Quote: “Desire has no history...”
Susan Sontag Quote: “My emotional life: dialectic between craving for privacy and need to submerge myself in a passionate relationship to another.”
Susan Sontag Quote: “I write – and talk – in order to find out what I think.”
Susan Sontag Quote: “To the militant, identity is everything.”
Susan Sontag Quote: “Photography is, first of all, a way of seeing.”
Susan Sontag Quote: “Love is friendship on fire – anonymous.”
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