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Susan Sontag Quote: “He looked into the hole, and like any hole it said, Jump.”
Susan Sontag Quote: “I have always been full of lust – as I am now – but I have always been placing conceptual obstacles in my own path.”
Susan Sontag Quote: “I envy paranoids; they actually feel people are paying attention to them.”
Susan Sontag Quote: “A work of art, so far as it is a work of art, cannot – whatever the artist’s personal intention – advocate anything at all.”
Susan Sontag Quote: “Volume depends precisely on the writer’s having been able to sit in a room every day, year after year, alone.”
Susan Sontag Quote: “The notion of art as the dearly purchased outcome of an immense spiritual risk, one whose cost goes up with the entry and participation of each new player in the game.”
Susan Sontag Quote: “In fact, there are many uses of the innumerable opportunities a modern life supplies for regarding – at a distance, through the medium of photography – other people’s pain.”
Susan Sontag Quote: “Books are funny little portable pieces of thought.”
Susan Sontag Quote: “Creativity needs to be taken care of. It’s like a big baby that needs to be nourished.”
Susan Sontag Quote: “The romantic treatment of death asserts that people were made singular, made more interesting, by their illnesses.”
Susan Sontag Quote: “The really important thing is not to reject anything.”
Susan Sontag Quote: “AIDS occupies such a large part in our awareness because of what it has been taken to represent. It seems the very model of all the catastrophes privileged populations feel await them.”
Susan Sontag Quote: “To be sure, nobody who really thinks about history can take politics altogether seriously.”
Susan Sontag Quote: “If literature has engaged me as a project, first as a reader, then as a writer, it is as an extension of my sympathies to other selves, other domains, other dreams, other territories.”
Susan Sontag Quote: “The early Romantic sought superiority by desiring, and by desiring to desire, more intensely than others do.”
Susan Sontag Quote: “A large part of the popularity and persuasiveness of psychology comes from its being a sublimated spiritualism: a secular, ostensibly scientific way of affirming the primacy of spirit over matter.”
Susan Sontag Quote: “One cannot use the life to interpret the work. But One can use the work to interpret the life.”
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: “Gide and I have attained such perfect intellectual communion that I experience the appropriate labor pains for every thought he gives birth to!”
Susan Sontag Quote: “Strictly speaking, it is doubtful that a photograph can help us understand anything.”
Susan Sontag Quote: “Strictly speaking, there is no such thing as collective memory – part of the same family of spurious notions as collective guilt. But there is collective instruction... What is called collective memory is not a remembering but a stipulating: that this is important, and this is the story about how it happened, with the pictures that lock the story in our minds.”
Susan Sontag Quote: “The truth of history crowds out the truth of fiction – as if one were obliged to choose between them...”
Susan Sontag Quote: “What is odd is not that so many of the iconic news photos of the past, including some of the best-remembered pictures from the Second World War, appear to have been staged. It is that we are surprised to learn they were staged and always disappointed.”
Susan Sontag Quote: “Opinions are like some kind of crust that grows on top of things and you want to kind of peel them off.”
Susan Sontag Quote: “Perhaps too much value is assigned to memory, not enough to thinking. Remembering is an ethical act, has ethical value in and of itself. Memory is, achingly, the only relation we can have with the dead.”
Susan Sontag Quote: “Elites presuppose masses.”
Susan Sontag Quote: “Today is such a time, when the project of interpretation is largely reactionary, stifling. Like the fumes of the automobile and of heavy industry which befoul the urban atmosphere, the effusion of interpretations of art today poisons our sensibilities. 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: “One can feel obliged to look at phototgraphs that record great cruelties and crimes. One should feel obliged to think about what it means to look at them, about the capacity actually to assimilate what they show. Not all reactions to these pictures are under the supervision of reason and conscience.”
Susan Sontag Quote: “Any disease that is treated as a mystery and acutely enough feared will be felt to be morally, if not literally, contagious.”
Susan Sontag Quote: “All great art contains at its center contemplation, a dynamic contemplation.”
Susan Sontag Quote: “Self-respect. It would make me lovable. And it’s the secret to good sex.”
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: “The problem isn’t that people remember through photographs but that they remember only the photographs.”
Susan Sontag Quote: “The memory of war, however, like all memory, is mostly local.”
Susan Sontag Quote: “The possession of a camera can inspire something akin to lust. And like all credible forms of lust, it cannot be satisfied.”
Susan Sontag Quote: “Although none of the rules for becoming more alive is valid, it is healthy to keep on formulating them.”
Susan Sontag Quote: “Persons who merely have-a-life customarily move in a dense fluid. That’s how they’re able to conduct their lives at all. Their living depends on not seeing.”
Susan Sontag Quote: “One of the author’s most ancient roles is to call the community to account for its hypocrisies and bad faith...”
Susan Sontag Quote: “What, I ask, drives me to disorder? How can I diagnose myself? All I feel, most immediately, is the most anguished need for physical love and mental companionship -.”
Susan Sontag Quote: “Everything should be understood, and anything can be transformed – that is the modern view.”
Susan Sontag Quote: “I am sick of having opinions. I am sick of talking.”
Susan Sontag Quote: “Being self-conscious. Treating one’s self as an other. Supervising oneself.”
Susan Sontag Quote: “One man thinks before he acts. Another man thinks after he acts. Each is of the opinon that the other thinks too much.”
Susan Sontag Quote: “Part of the puzzle, surely, lies in the disconnect between official rhetoric and lived realities. Americans are constantly extolling “traditions”; litanies to family values are at the center of every politician’s discourse. And yet the culture of America is extremely corrosive of family life, indeed of all traditions except those redefined as “identities” that fit in the larger patterns of distinctiveness, cooperation, and openness to innovation.”
Susan Sontag Quote: “She increases her burden of self-hatred, she behaves destructively with people she loves.”
Susan Sontag Quote: “We can’t imagine how dreadful, how terrifying war is; and how normal it becomes. Can’t understand, can’t imagine. That’s what every soldier, and every journalist and aid worker and independent observer who has put in time under fire, and had the luck to elude the death that struck down others nearby, stubbornly feels. And they are right.”
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: “Beware of anything that you hear yourself saying often.”
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: “Making suffering loom larger, by globalizing it, may spur people to feel they ought to “care” more.”
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