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Susan Sontag Quote: “Although there is a sense in which the camera does indeed capture reality, not just interpret it, photographs are as much an interpretation of the world as paintings and drawings are.”
Susan Sontag Quote: “Interpretation is the revenge of the intellectual upon art.”
Susan Sontag Quote: “Ours is a culture based on excess, on overproduction; the result is a steady loss of sharpness in our sensory experience. All the conditions of modern life – its material plenitude, its sheer crowdedness – conjoin to dull our sensory faculties.”
Susan Sontag Quote: “Passion paralyzes good taste.”
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: “Being a spectator of calamities taking place in another country is a quintessential modern experience, the cumulative offering by more than a century and a half’s worth of those professional, specialized tourists known as journalists.”
Susan Sontag Quote: “Instead of just recording reality, photographs have become the norm for the way things appear to us, thereby changing the very idea of reality and of realism.”
Susan Sontag Quote: “I want to be able to be alone, to find it nourishing – not just a waiting.”
Susan Sontag Quote: “But when we are nostalgic, we take pictures.”
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: “Ideas disturb the levelness of life.”
Susan Sontag Quote: “Real art has the capacity to make us nervous.”
Susan Sontag Quote: “Decline of the letter, the rise of the notebook! One doesn’t write to others any more; one writes to oneself.”
Susan Sontag Quote: “The highest vocation of photography is to explain man to man.”
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: “Everything was simple, physical, painful, exalting. The world consisted of the four elements – land and water, firepower and distancing air.”
Susan Sontag Quote: “The becoming of man is the history of the exhaustion of his possibilities.”
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: “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: “Art is not only about something; it is something. A work of art is a thing in the world, not just a text or commentary on the world.”
Susan Sontag Quote: “What we need is to use what we have.”
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: “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: “It’s beginnings that are hard. I always begin with a great sense of dread and trepidation. Nietzsche says that the decision to start writing is like leaping into a cold lake.”
Susan Sontag Quote: “In the twentieth century, the repellent, harrowing disease that is made the index of a superior sensitivity, the vehicle of “spiritual” feelings and “critical” discontent, is insanity.”
Susan Sontag Quote: “A family’s photograph album is generally about the extended family and, often, is all that remains of it.”
Susan Sontag Quote: “Ambition, if it feeds at all, does so on the ambition of others.”
Susan Sontag Quote: “The fact that illness is associated with the poor – who are, from the perspective of the privileged, aliens in one’s midst – reinforces the association of illness with the foreign with an exotic, often primitive place.”
Susan Sontag Quote: “Photographs are perhaps the most mysterious of all the objects that make up, and thicken, the environment we recognize as modern. Photographs really are experience captured, and the camera is the ideal arm of consciousness in its acquisitive mood.”
Susan Sontag Quote: “Marriage is a sort of tacit hunting in couples.”
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: “Time eventually positions most photographs, even the most amateurish, at the level of art.”
Susan Sontag Quote: “Modern discussions of the possibility of tragedy are not exercises in literary analysis; they are exercises in cultural diagnostics, more or less disguised.”
Susan Sontag Quote: “In photographing dwarfs, you don’t get majesty and beauty. You get dwarfs.”
Susan Sontag Quote: “But the landscape of devastation is still a landscape. There is beauty in ruins.”
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: “To read was precisely to enter another world, which was not the reader’s own, and come back refreshed, ready to bear with equanimity the injustices and frustrations of this one. Reading was balm, amusement not incitement.”
Susan Sontag Quote: “There is an aggression implicit in every use of the camera.”
Susan Sontag Quote: “We are told we must choose – the old or the new. In fact, we must choose both. What is a life if not a series of negotiations between the old and the new?”
Susan Sontag Quote: “If tragedy is an experience of hyperinvolvement, comedy is an experience of underinvolvement, of detachment.”
Susan Sontag Quote: “God, living is enormous!”
Susan Sontag Quote: “But maybe they were barbarians. Maybe this is what most barbarians look like. They look like everybody else.”
Susan Sontag Quote: “What I really wanted was every kind of life, and the writer’s life seemed the most inclusive.”
Susan Sontag Quote: “The felt unreliability of human experience brought about by the inhuman acceleration of historical change has led every sensitive modern mind to the recording of some kind of nausea, of intellectual vertigo.”
Susan Sontag Quote: “The young-old polarization and the male-female polarization are perhaps the two leading stereotypes that imprison people.”
Susan Sontag Quote: “Taste tends to develop very unevenly. It’s rare that the same person has good visual taste and good taste in people and taste in ideas.”
Susan Sontag Quote: “Psychological theories of illness are a powerful means of placing the blame on the ill. Patients who are instructed that they have, unwittingly, caused their disease are also being made to feel that they have deserved it.”
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: “A great writer has all 4 – but you can still be a good writer with only 1 and 2.”
Susan Sontag Quote: “The photograph is like a quotation, or a maxim or proverb. Each of us mentally stocks hundreds of photographs, subject to instant recall.”
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