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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: “To photograph is to confer importance.”
Susan Sontag Quote: “All my life I’ve been looking for someone intelligent to talk to.”
Susan Sontag Quote: “It is a view of suffering, of the pain of others, that is rooted in religious thinking, which links pain to sacrifice, sacrifice to exaltation – a view that could not be more alien to a modern sensibility, which regards suffering as something that is a mistake or an accident or a crime. Something to be fixed. Something to be refused. Something that makes one feel powerless.”
Susan Sontag Quote: “Everything was simple, physical, painful, exalting. The world consisted of the four elements – land and water, firepower and distancing air.”
Susan Sontag Quote: “The history of art is a sequence of successful transgressions.”
Susan Sontag Quote: “Surrealism in painting amounted to little more than the contents of a meagerly stocked dream world: a few witty fantasies, mostly wet dreams and agoraphobic nightmares.”
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: “My own view is that one cannot be religious in general any more than one can speak language in general; at any given moment one speaks French or English or Swahili or Japanese, but not ’language.”
Susan Sontag Quote: “Societies need to have one illness which becomes identified with evil, and attaches blame to its victims.”
Susan Sontag Quote: “Unfortunately, moral beauty in art – like physical beauty in a person – is extremely perishable. It is nowhere so durable as artistic or intellectual beauty. Moral beauty has a tendency to decay very rapidly into sententiousness or untimeliness.”
Susan Sontag Quote: “The ideology of capitalism makes us all into connoisseurs of liberty – of the indefinite expansion of possibility.”
Susan Sontag Quote: “Interpretation is the revenge of the intellectual upon art.”
Susan Sontag Quote: “Death is unbearable unless you can get beyond the I.”
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: “I want to be able to be alone, to find it nourishing – not just a waiting.”
Susan Sontag Quote: “As industrialization provided social uses for the operations of the photographer, so the reaction against these uses reinforced the self-consciousness of photography-as-art.”
Susan Sontag Quote: “Marriage is a sort of tacit hunting in couples.”
Susan Sontag Quote: “Paintings invariably sum up; photographs usually do not. Photographic images are pieces of evidence in an ongoing biography or history. And one photograph, unlike one painting, implies that there will be others.”
Susan Sontag Quote: “There is a terrible, mean American resentment toward a writer who tries to do many things.”
Susan Sontag Quote: “In the United States it’s not important which religion you adhere to, as long as you have one.”
Susan Sontag Quote: “Taste has no system and no proofs.”
Susan Sontag Quote: “Ambition, if it feeds at all, does so on the ambition of others.”
Susan Sontag Quote: “God, living is enormous!”
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: “What pornographic literature does is precisely to drive a wedge between one’s existence as a sexual being – while in ordinary life a healthy person is one who prevents such a gap from opening up.”
Susan Sontag Quote: “Perversity is the muse of modern literature.”
Susan Sontag Quote: “It is passivity that dulls feeling.”
Susan Sontag Quote: “Images have been reproached for being a way of watching suffering at a distance, as if there were some other way of watching.”
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 emphasize style is to slight content, or to introduce an attitude which is neutral with respect to content.”
Susan Sontag Quote: “It is only shallow people who do not judge by appearances. The mystery of the world is the visible, not the invisible. OSCAR WILDE, in a letter.”
Susan Sontag Quote: “The highest vocation of photography is to explain man to man.”
Susan Sontag Quote: “Any critic is entitled to wrong judgments, of course. But certain lapses of judgment indicate the radical failure of an entire sensibility.”
Susan Sontag Quote: “Result of self-consciousness: audience and actor are the same. I live my life as a spectacle for myself, for my own edification. I live my life but I don’t live in it. The hoarding instinct in human relations.”
Susan Sontag Quote: “A man never forgets his body the way a woman does, because a man is pushing his body, a part of his body, forward, to make the act of love happen. He brings the jut of his body into the act of love, then takes it back, when it has had its way.”
Susan Sontag Quote: “Do stuff. Be clenched, curious. Not waiting for inspiration’s shove or society’s kiss on your forehead.”
Susan Sontag Quote: “The idea of content in art is today merely a hindrance, a nuisance, a subtle or not so subtle philistinism.”
Susan Sontag Quote: “She felt herself needing more and more sleep. When she awoke in the morning, she thought of when she might lie down again – and when she would sleep. She started going to the movies.”
Susan Sontag Quote: “Passion paralyzes good taste.”
Susan Sontag Quote: “Images are more real than anyone could have supposed.”
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: “All memory is individual, unreproducible – it dies with each person. What is called collective memory is not a remembering but a stipulation: that is important, and this is the story about how it happened, with the pictures that lock the story in our minds. Ideologies create substantiating archives of images, representative images, which encapsulate common ideas of significance and trigger predictable thoughts, feelings.”
Susan Sontag Quote: “The problem isn’t that people remember through photographs but that they remember only the photographs.”
Susan Sontag Quote: “I want to live as long as possible, just to see how stupid it gets.”
Susan Sontag Quote: “Whoever invented marriage was an ingenious tormentor. It is an institution committed to the dulling of the feelings. The whole point of marriage is repetition. The best it aims for is the creation of strong, mutual dependencies.”
Susan Sontag Quote: “Philosophy is an art form – art of thought or thought as art.”
Susan Sontag Quote: “Time eventually positions most photographs, even the most amateurish, at the level of art.”
Susan Sontag Quote: “Books are not only the arbitrary sum of our dreams, and our memory. They also give us the model of self-transcende nce.”
Susan Sontag Quote: “When something is just bad, it’s often because it is too mediocre in its ambition. The artist hasn’t attempted to do anything really outlandish.”
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