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Susan Sontag Quotes & Sayings
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Last updated Aug 2020
Susan Sontag Topics
Victims suggest innocence. And innocence, by the inexorable logic that governs all relational terms, suggests guilt.
Travel becomes a strategy for accumulating photographs.
To take a photograph is to participate in another person's mortality, vulnerability, mutability. Precisely by slicing out this moment and freezing it, all photographs testify to time's relentless melt.
To photograph is to confer importance.
The truth is balance. However the opposite of truth, which is unbalance, may not be a lie.
The truth is always something that is told, not something that is known. If there were no speaking or writing, there would be no truth about anything. There would only be what is.
The taste for quotations (and for the juxtaposition of incongruous quotations) is a Surrealist taste.
The problems of this world are only truly solved in two ways: by extinction or duplication.
The past itself, as historical change continues to accelerate, has become the most surreal of subjects - making it possible... to see a new beauty in what is vanishing.
The painter constructs, the photographer discloses.
The only interesting answers are those that destroy the questions.
The ideology of capitalism makes us all into connoisseurs of liberty - of the indefinite expansion of possibility.
The camera makes everyone a tourist in other people's reality, and eventually in one's own.
The becoming of man is the history of the exhaustion of his possibilities.
The aim of all commentary on art now should be to make works of art - and, by analogy, our own experience - more, rather than less, real to us. The function of criticism should be to show how it is what it is, even that it is what it is, rather than to show what it means.
Surrealism is a bourgeois disaffection; that its militants thought it universal is only one of the signs that it is typically bourgeois.
Societies need to have one illness which becomes identified with evil, and attaches blame to its victims.
So successful has been the camera's role in beautifying the world that photographs, rather than the world, have become the standard of the beautiful.
Silence remains, inescapably, a form of speech.
Science fiction films are not about science. They are about disaster, which is one of the oldest subjects of art.
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