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Susan Sontag Quote: “Regenerative experiences: Plunge into the sea. The sun. An old city. Silence.”
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.”
Susan Sontag Quote: “Shouting has never made me understand anything.”
Susan Sontag Quote: “What I expect from writers-and from myself as a writer-is to articulate a complex view of things. To incite us to be more compassionate. To orchestrate our mourning. And to celebrate ecstasy.”
Susan Sontag Quote: “Ours is a society in which secrets of private life that, formerly, you would have given nearly anything to conceal, you now clamor to get on a television show to reveal.”
Susan Sontag Quote: “I am tired. I would like to be a mountain, a tree, a stone.”
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: “I vulgarize my feelings by speaking of them too readily to others.”
Susan Sontag Quote: “There are some elements in life – above all, sexual pleasure – about which it isn’t necessary to have a position.”
Susan Sontag Quote: “I make an idol of my moral consciousness. My pursuit of the good is corrupted by the sin of idolatry.”
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: “There are more and more taboos about calling something, anything, ugly.”
Susan Sontag Quote: “Death is unbearable unless you can get beyond the I.”
Susan Sontag Quote: “The easiest thing in the world for me is to pay attention.”
Susan Sontag Quote: “I am tired of being a person. Not just tired of being the person I was, but any person at all. I like watching people, but I don’t like talking to them, dealing with them, pleasing them, or offending them. I am tired.”
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.”
Susan Sontag Quote: “Most of my reading is rereading.”
Susan Sontag Quote: “The love of the famous, like all strong passions, is quite abstract. Its intensity can be measured mathematically, and it is independent of persons.”
Susan Sontag Quote: “Norman Mailer in his writings is ultimately more concerned with success than with danger; danger is only a means to success.”
Susan Sontag Quote: “The capacity to be overwhelmed by the beautiful is astonishingly sturdy and survives amidst the harshest distractions.”
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: “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: “Like the collector, the photographer is animated by a passion that, even when it appears to be for the present, is linked to a sense of the past.”
Susan Sontag Quote: “Anything in history or nature that can be described as changing steadily can be seen as heading toward catastrophe.”
Susan Sontag Quote: “It is the nature of aphoristic thinking to be always in a state of concluding; a bid to have the final word is inherent in all powerful phrase-making.”
Susan Sontag Quote: “How boring just to be a body.”
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: “As one passion begins to fail it is necessary to form another, for the whole art of going through life tolerably is to keep oneself eager about anything.”
Susan Sontag Quote: “Fatal illness has always been viewed as a test of moral character, but in the nineteenth century there is a great reluctance to let anybody flunk the test.”
Susan Sontag Quote: “In contrast to the written account-which, depending on its complexity of thought, reference, and vocabulary, is pitched at a larger or smaller readership-a photograph has only one language and is destined potentially for all.”
Susan Sontag Quote: “Each generation has to reinvent spirituality.”
Susan Sontag Quote: “Ours is an age which consciously pursues health, and yet only believes in the reality of sickness.”
Susan Sontag Quote: “To travel is to shop.”
Susan Sontag Quote: “Salter is a writer who particularly rewards those for whom reading is an intense pleasure. He is among the very few North American writers all of whose work I want to read, whose as-yet-unpublished books I wait for impatiently.”
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: “The only transformation that interests me is a total transformation – however minute.”
Susan Sontag Quote: “My urge to write is an urge not to self-expressionism but to self-transcendence. My work is both bigger and smaller than I am.”
Susan Sontag Quote: “I like to feel dumb. That’s how I know there’s more in the world than me.”
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: “Everyone who lives in an industrialized society is obliged gradually to give up the past, but in certain countries, such as the United States and Japan, the break with the past has been particularly traumatic.”
Susan Sontag Quote: “You have to sink way down to a level of hopelessness and desperation to find the book that you can write.”
Susan Sontag Quote: “The principal instances of mass violence in the world today are those committed by governments within their own legally recognized borders.”
Susan Sontag Quote: “Though collecting quotations could be considered as merely an ironic mimetism.”
Susan Sontag Quote: “People tend to become cynical about even the most appalling crisis if it seems to be dragging on, failing to come to term.”
Susan Sontag Quote: “War is elective. It is not an inevitable state of affairs. War is not the weather.”
Susan Sontag Quote: “Making social comment is an artificial place for an artist to start from. If an artist is touched by some social condition, what the artist creates will reflect that, but you can’t force it.”
Susan Sontag Quote: “I am trying to check my habits of seeing, to counter them for the sake of a greater freshness. I am trying to be unfamiliar with what I’m doing.”
Susan Sontag Quote: “In ‘life,’ I don’t want to be reduced to my work. In ‘work,’ I don’t want to be reduced to my life.”
Susan Sontag Quote: “In good films, there is always a directness that entirely frees us from the itch to interpret.”
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.”
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