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    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.
    — Susan Sontag
    tags: death  live  mystery  religious 
     
    What is most beautiful in virile men is something feminine; what is most beautiful in feminine women is something masculine.
    — Susan Sontag
    tags: men  women  beautiful 
     
    The taste for quotations (and for the juxtaposition of incongruous quotations) is a Surrealist taste.
    — Susan Sontag
    Books are not only the arbitrary sum of our dreams, and our memory. They also give us the model of self-transcende nce.
    — Susan Sontag
    tags: memory  book  dreams 
     
    Time eventually positions most photographs, even the most amateurish, at the level of art.
    — Susan Sontag
    tags: time 
     
    The painter constructs, the photographer discloses.
    — Susan Sontag
    tags: photographer 
     
    ...to photograph is to frame, and to frame is to exclude.
    — Susan Sontag
    The writer's first job is not to have opinions but to tell the truth... and refuse to be an accomplice of lies and misinformation. Literature is the house of nuance and contrariness against the voices of simplification.
    — Susan Sontag
    tags: truth  lies  job  opinion  literature 
     
    The fear of becoming old is born of the recognition that one is not living now the life that one wishes.
    — Susan Sontag
    tags: fear  living  wishes 
     
    The camera makes everyone a tourist in other people's reality, and eventually in one's own.
    — Susan Sontag
    tags: reality 
     
    Intelligence is really a kind of taste: taste in ideas.
    — Susan Sontag
    I'm only interested in people engaged in a project of self-transformation.
    — Susan Sontag
    tags: people 
     
    I urge you to be as impudent as you dare. BE BOLD, BE BOLD, BE BOLD.
    — Susan Sontag
    Literature can train, and exercise, our ability to weep for those who are not us or ours.
    — Susan Sontag
    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.
    — Susan Sontag
    tags: time  moment 
     
    Life is a movie; death is a photograph.
    — Susan Sontag
    tags: death 
     
    It hurts to love. It's like giving yourself to be flayed and knowing that at any moment the other person may just walk off with your skin.
    — Susan Sontag
    tags: people  hurt  moment  knowing  giving 
     
    What is the most beautiful in virile men is something feminine; what is most beautiful in feminine women is something masculine.
    — Susan Sontag
    tags: men  women  beautiful 
     
    I am profoundly uncertain how to write. I know what I love and what I like, because it's a direct passionate response. But when I write, I'm very uncertain whether it's good enough. That is, of course, the writer's agony.
    — Susan Sontag
    tags: write 
     
    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
    The photographer is an armed version of the solitary walker reconnoitering, stalking, cruising the urban inferno, the voyeuristic stroller who discovers the city as a landscape of voluptuous extremes. Adept of the joys of watching, connoisseur of empathy, the flâneur finds the world 'picturesque.
    — Susan Sontag
    My idea of a writer: someone interested in everything.
    — Susan Sontag
    tags: ideas 
     
    I discovered that I am tired of being a person. Not just tired of being the person I was, but any person at all
    — Susan Sontag
    tags: people 
     
    To paraphrase several sages: Nobody can think and hit someone at the same time.
    — Susan Sontag
    tags: time 
     
    The life of the creative man is lead, directed and controlled by boredom. Avoiding boredom is one of our most important purposes.
    — Susan Sontag
    tags: men  creative 
     
    Never worry about being obsessive. I like obsessive people. Obsessive people make great art
    — Susan Sontag
    tags: people  worries 
     
    One can never ask anyone to change a feeling.
    — Susan Sontag
    In place of a hermeneutics we need an erotics of art.
    — Susan Sontag
    tags: erotic 
     
    What I really wanted was every kind of life, and the writer's life seemed the most inclusive.
    — Susan Sontag
    No 'we' should be taken for granted when the subject is looking at other people's pain.
    — Susan Sontag
    tags: pain 
     
    Kindness, kindness, kindness. I want to make a New Year's prayer, not a resolution. I'm praying for courage.
    — Susan Sontag
    tags: kindness  prayer  courage  year 
     
    To photograph is to appropriate the thing photographed. It means putting oneself into a certain relation to the world that feels like knowledge-and therefore, like power.
    — Susan Sontag
    tags: power  world  oneself 
     
    To be an artist or a writer is to be this weird thing - a hand worker in an era of mass production.
    — Susan Sontag
    tags: artist 
     
    The only interesting answers are those that destroy the questions.
    — Susan Sontag
    tags: questions 
     
    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
    tags: loss  experience  culture 
     
    Self-censorship, the most important and most successful form of censorship, is rampant. Debate is identified with dissent, which is in turn identified with disloyalty. There is a widespread feeling that, in this new, open-ended emergency, we may not be able to 'afford' our traditional freedoms.
    — Susan Sontag
    Self-respect. It would make me lovable. And it's the secret to good sex.
    — Susan Sontag
    tags: secret  sex 
     
    Nothing is mysterious, no human relation. Except love.
    — Susan Sontag
    tags: human 
     
    It is not the position, but the disposition.
    — Susan Sontag
    I want to be able to be alone, to find it nourishing - not just a waiting.
    — Susan Sontag
    tags: alone 
     
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    susan sontag
    Birth    : January 16, 1933
    Death  : December 28, 2004
    Occupation  : Writer