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Susan Sontag Quote: “I like watching people, but I don’t like talking to them, dealing with them, pleasing them, or offending them.”
Susan Sontag Quote: “Regenerative experiences: Plunge into the sea. The sun. An old city. Silence.”
Susan Sontag Quote: “Life is not significant details, illuminated by a flash, fixed forever. Photographs are.”
Susan Sontag Quote: “To be an artist or a writer is to be this weird thing – a hand worker in an era of mass production.”
Susan Sontag Quote: “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 Quote: “The becoming of man is the history of the exhaustion of his possibilities.”
Susan Sontag Quote: “One doesn’t need to know the artist’s private intentions. The work tells all.”
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: “If I thought that what I’m doing when I write is expressing myself, I’d junk the typewriter. Writing is a much more complicated activity that that.”
Susan Sontag Quote: “Literature can train, and exercise, our ability to weep for those who are not us or ours.”
Susan Sontag Quote: “My idea of a writer: someone interested in everything.”
Susan Sontag Quote: “I love to read the way people love to watch television.”
Susan Sontag Quote: “Try not to live in a linguistic slum.”
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: “Interpretation, based on the highly dubious theory that a work of art is composed of items of content, violates art. It makes art into an article for use, for arrangement into a mental scheme of categories.”
Susan Sontag Quote: “The public voice in the theater today is crude and raucous, and, all too often, weak-minded.”
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: “To travel is to shop.”
Susan Sontag Quote: “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 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: “The danger, when not too dangerous, fascinate.”
Susan Sontag Quote: “Books are funny little portable pieces of thought.”
Susan Sontag Quote: “Unfortunately, moral beauty in art – like physical beauty in a person – is extremely perishable.”
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: “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: “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: “Photography is an elegiac art, a twilight art. Most subjects photographed are, just by virtue of being photographed, touched with pathos.”
Susan Sontag Quote: “Sight is a promiscuous sense. The avid gaze always wants more.”
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: “Nobody ever discovered ugliness through photographs. But many, through photographs, have discovered beauty.”
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: “I am tired. I would like to be a mountain, a tree, a stone.”
Susan Sontag Quote: “How can I describe my life to you? I think a lot, listen to music. I’m fond of flowers.”
Susan Sontag Quote: “Travel becomes a strategy for accumulating photographs.”
Susan Sontag Quote: “What pornography is really about, ultimately, isn’t sex but death.”
Susan Sontag Quote: “The two pioneering forces of modern sensibility are Jewish moral seriousness and homosexual aestheticism and irony.”
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: “I’ve become passive. I don’t invent, I don’t yearn. I manage, I cope.”
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: “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: “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: “War has been the norm and peace the exception.”
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: “But the landscape of devastation is still a landscape. There is beauty in ruins.”
Susan Sontag Quote: “I write – and talk – in order to find out what I think.”
Susan Sontag Quote: “Never worry about being obsessive. I like obsessive people. Obsessive people make great art.”
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