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Susan Sontag Quote: “A good listener: a physical presence that is warm, alert, intelligent – more important than any words.”
Susan Sontag Quote: “The point is to get a good rhythm, to make it mindless, almost as a daydream. To walk like breathing. To make it what the body wants, what the air wants, what time wants.”
Susan Sontag Quote: “People robbed of their past seem to make the most fervent picture takers, at home and abroad.”
Susan Sontag Quote: “Standing alone, photographs promise an understanding they cannot deliver. In the company of words, they take on meaning, but they slough off one meaning and take on another with alarming ease.”
Susan Sontag Quote: “To the militant, identity is everything.”
Susan Sontag Quote: “False values begin with the worship of things.”
Susan Sontag Quote: “When Cartier-Bresson goes to China, he shows that there are people in China, and that they are Chinese.”
Susan Sontag Quote: “Talking like touching. Writing like punching somebody.”
Susan Sontag Quote: “If an irreducible distinction between theatre and cinema does exist, it may be this: Theatre is confined to a logical or continuous use of space. Cinemahas access to an alogical or discontinuous use of space.”
Susan Sontag Quote: “The likelihood that your acts of resistance cannot stop the injustice does not exempt you from acting in what you sincerely and reflectively hold to be the best interests of your community.”
Susan Sontag Quote: “Victims suggest innocence. And innocence, by the inexorable logic that governs all relational terms, suggests guilt.”
Susan Sontag Quote: “All struggle, all resistance is – must be – concrete. And all struggle has a global resonance. If not here, then there. If not now, then soon. Elsewhere as well as here.”
Susan Sontag Quote: “Photographs trade simultaneously on the prestige of art and the magic of the real.”
Susan Sontag Quote: “Theories that diseases are caused by mental states and can be cured by will power, are always an index of how much is not understood about the physical terrain of a disease.”
Susan Sontag Quote: “Illnesses have always been used as metaphors to enliven charges that a society was corrupt or unjust.”
Susan Sontag Quote: “In a culture whose already classical dilemma is the hypertrophy of the intellect at the expense of energy and sensual capability, interpretation is the revenge of the intellect upon art.”
Susan Sontag Quote: “In America, the photographer is not simply the person who records the past, but the one who invents it.”
Susan Sontag Quote: “Photographed images do not seem to be statements about the world so much as pieces of it, miniatures of reality that anyone can make or acquire.”
Susan Sontag Quote: “In the real world, something is happening and no one knows what is going to happen. In the image-world, it has happened, and it will forever happen in that way.”
Susan Sontag Quote: “Photography is a kind of overstatement, a heroic copulation with the material world.”
Susan Sontag Quote: “The only story that seems worth writing is a cry, a shot, a scream. A story should break the reader’s heart.”
Susan Sontag Quote: “Like a car, a camera is sold as a predatory weapon – one that’s as automated as possible, ready to spring. Popular taste expects an easy, an invisible technology.”
Susan Sontag Quote: “Surrealism is a bourgeois disaffection; that its militants thought it universal is only one of the signs that it is typically bourgeois.”
Susan Sontag Quote: “To interpret is to impoverish, to deplete the world – in order to set up a shadow world of “meanings.”
Susan Sontag Quote: “Photographs cannot create a moral position, but they can reinforce one-and can help build a nascent one.”
Susan Sontag Quote: “Perversity is the muse of modern literature.”
Susan Sontag Quote: “Images are more real than anyone could have supposed.”
Susan Sontag Quote: “Taste has no system and no proofs.”
Susan Sontag Quote: “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 Quote: “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 Quote: “The purpose of art is always, ultimately, to give pleasure – though our sensibilities may take time to catch up with the forms of pleasure that art in a given time may offer.”
Susan Sontag Quote: “To photograph is to confer importance.”
Susan Sontag Quote: “The history of art is a sequence of successful transgressions.”
Susan Sontag Quote: “Reality has come to seem more and more like what we are shown by cameras.”
Susan Sontag Quote: “There is a terrible, mean American resentment toward a writer who tries to do many things.”
Susan Sontag Quote: “Cancer is a demonic pregnancy.”
Susan Sontag Quote: “The photographer both loots and preserves, denounces and consecrates.”
Susan Sontag Quote: “Remember when you hear yourself saying one day that you don’t have time anymore to read or listen to music or look at paintings or go to the movies or do whatever feeds your head now. Then you’re getting old. That means they got you, after all.”
Susan Sontag Quote: “I must change my life so that I can live it, not wait for it.”
Susan Sontag Quote: “The unit of the poet is the word, the unit of the prose writer is the sentence.”
Susan Sontag Quote: “Most people in this society who aren’t actively mad are, at best, reformed or potential lunatics.”
Susan Sontag Quote: “The moral pleasure in art, as well as the moral service that art performs, consists in the intelligent gratification of consciousness.”
Susan Sontag Quote: “Growing older is mainly an ordeal of the imagination-a moral disease, a social pathology...”
Susan Sontag Quote: “Despite the illusion of giving understanding, what seeing through photographs really invites is an acquisitive relation to the world that nourishes aesthetic awareness and promotes emotional detachment.”
Susan Sontag Quote: “As objects of contemplation, images of the atrocious can answer to several different needs. To steel oneself against weakness. To make oneself more numb. To acknowledge the existence of the incorrigible.”
Susan Sontag Quote: “To patronize the faculty of taste is to patronize oneself. For taste governs every free – as opposed to rote – human response.”
Susan Sontag Quote: “It is passivity that dulls feeling.”
Susan Sontag Quote: “Instead of expecting all and being lowered into despair each time I get less, I expect nothing now and, occasionally, I get a little, and am more than a little happy.”
Susan Sontag Quote: “Finally, the most grandiose result of the photographic enterprise is to give us the sense that we can hold the whole world in our heads – as an anthology of images. To collect photographs is to collect the world.”
Susan Sontag Quote: “The particular qualities and intentions of photographs tend to be swallowed up in the generalized pathos of time past.”
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