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Susan Sontag Quote: “An important job of the critic is to savage what is mediocre or meretricious.”
Susan Sontag Quote: “The capacity to be overwhelmed by the beautiful is astonishingly sturdy and survives amidst the harshest distractions.”
Susan Sontag Quote: “I am thinking – talking – in images. I don’t know how to write them down. Every feeling is physical.”
Susan Sontag Quote: “The particular qualities and intentions of photographs tend to be swallowed up in the generalized pathos of time past.”
Susan Sontag Quote: “My ignorance is not charming.”
Susan Sontag Quote: “I don’t want to express alienation. It isn’t what I feel. I’m interested in various kinds of passionate engagement. All my work says be serious, be passionate, wake up.”
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: “One can know worlds one has not experienced, choose a response to life that has never been offered, create an inwardness utterly strong and fruitful.”
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: “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: “Each of us carries a room within ourselves, waiting to be furnished and peopled, and if you listen closely, you may need to silence everything in your own room, you can hear the sounds of that other room inside your head.”
Susan Sontag Quote: “The only transformation that interests me is a total transformation – however minute.”
Susan Sontag Quote: “Most of my reading is rereading.”
Susan Sontag Quote: “What we need is to use what we have.”
Susan Sontag Quote: “Along with people who pretty themselves for the camera, the unattractive and the disaffected have been assigned their beauty.”
Susan Sontag Quote: “Love words, agonize over sentences. And pay.”
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: “Fear of sexuality is the new, disease-sponsored register of the universe of fear in which everyone now lives.”
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: “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: “What I really wanted was every kind of life, and the writer’s life seemed the most inclusive.”
Susan Sontag Quote: “The creative phase of an idea coincides with the period during which it insists, cantankerously, on its boundaries, on what makes it different; but an idea becomes false and impotent when it seeks reconciliation, at cut-rate prices, with other ideas.”
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: “AIDS obliges people to think of sex as having, possibly, the direst consequences: suicide. Or murder.”
Susan Sontag Quote: “Look, what I want is to be fully present in my life – to be really where you are, contemporary with yourself in your life, giving full attention to the world, which includes you. You are not the world, the world is not identical to you, but you’re in it and paying attention to it. That’s what a writer does – a writer pays attention to the world.”
Susan Sontag Quote: “I like to feel dumb. That’s how I know there’s more in the world than me.”
Susan Sontag Quote: “If there can be a better way for the real world to include the one of images, it will require an ecology not only of real things but of images as well.”
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: “If one could amputate part of one’s consciousness...”
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: “Courage is morally neutral.”
Susan Sontag Quote: “My emotional life: dialectic between craving for privacy and need to submerge myself in a passionate relationship to another. With him I have neither, neither privacy or passion. Neither the heightening of self which is won by privacy and loneliness, nor the splendid heroic beautiful loss of self that accompanies passion.”
Susan Sontag Quote: “The really important thing is not to reject anything.”
Susan Sontag Quote: “The “happening” operates by creating an asymmetrical network of surprises, without climax or consummation, this is the alogism of dreams rather than the logic of most art.”
Susan Sontag Quote: “Though collecting quotations could be considered as merely an ironic mimetism.”
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: “It is the action of bodies on bodies, not bodies on minds, which the crowd enjoys.”
Susan Sontag Quote: “A photograph comes into being, as it is seen, all at once.”
Susan Sontag Quote: “The more remote or exotic the place, the more likely we are to have full frontal views of the dead and dying.”
Susan Sontag Quote: “Is it the obligation of great art to be continually interesting? I think not.”
Susan Sontag Quote: “Few ever see what is not already inside their heads.”
Susan Sontag Quote: “A fiction about soft or easy deaths is part of the mythology of most diseases that are not considered shameful or demeaning.”
Susan Sontag Quote: “Why wouldn’t you write to escape yourself as much as you might write to express yourself? It’s far more interesting to write about others.”
Susan Sontag Quote: “Photographs shock insofar as they show something novel.”
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: “None of us can ever retrieve that innocence before all theory when art knew no need to justify itself, when one did not ask of a work of art what it said because one knew what it did. From now to the end of consciousness, we are stuck with the task of defending art.”
Susan Sontag Quote: “But maybe they were barbarians. Maybe this is what most barbarians look like. They look like everybody else.”
Susan Sontag Quote: “Perhaps the only people with the right to look at images of suffering of this extreme order are those who could do something to alleviate it – say, the surgeons at the military hospital where the photograph was taken – or those who could learn from it. The rest of us are voyeurs, whether or not we mean to be.”
Susan Sontag Quote: “Photographs that depict suffering shouldn’t be beautiful, as captions shouldn’t moralize.”
Susan Sontag Quote: “Writing is a mysterious activity.”
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