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Susan Sontag Quotes & Sayings
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Last updated Aug 2020
Susan Sontag Topics
Sanity is a cozy lie.
Pornography is a theatre of types, never of individuals.
My idea of a writer: someone interested in everything.
Most people in this society who aren't actively mad are, at best, reformed or potential lunatics.
Mallarme said that everything in the world exists in order to end in a book. Today everything exists to end in a photograph.
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.
Lying is the most simple form of self-defence.
Lying is an elementary means of self-defense.
Life is not significant details, illuminated by a flash, fixed forever. Photographs are.
It is not the position, but the disposition.
It is not suffering as such that is most deeply feared but suffering that degrades.
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.
Interpretation is the revenge of the intellectual upon art.
In the final analysis, style is art. And art is nothing more or less than various modes of stylized, dehumanized representation.
In America, the photographer is not simply the person who records the past, but the one who invents it.
I envy paranoids; they actually feel people are paying attention to them.
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.
I do not think white America is committed to granting equality to the American Negro. This is a passionately racist country; it will continue to be so in the foreseeable future.
For those who live neither with religious consolations about death nor with a sense of death (or of anything else) as natural, death is the obscene mystery, the ultimate affront, the thing that cannot be controlled. It can only be denied.
Existence is no more than the precarious attainment of relevance in an intensely mobile flux of past, present, and future.
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