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susan sontag Quotes

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.
tags: death live mystery religious
— Susan Sontag
What is most beautiful in virile men is something feminine; what is most beautiful in feminine women is something masculine.
tags: men women beautiful
— Susan Sontag
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.
tags: memory book dreams
— Susan Sontag
Time eventually positions most photographs, even the most amateurish, at the level of art.
tags: time
— Susan Sontag
The painter constructs, the photographer discloses.
tags: photographer
— Susan Sontag
...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.
tags: truth lies job opinion literature
— Susan Sontag
The fear of becoming old is born of the recognition that one is not living now the life that one wishes.
tags: fear living wishes
— Susan Sontag
The camera makes everyone a tourist in other people's reality, and eventually in one's own.
tags: reality
— Susan Sontag
Intelligence is really a kind of taste: taste in ideas.
tags: intelligence ideas
— Susan Sontag
I'm only interested in people engaged in a project of self-transformation.
tags: people
— Susan Sontag
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.
tags: literature exercise
— 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.
tags: time moment
— Susan Sontag
Life is a movie; death is a photograph.
tags: death
— Susan Sontag
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.
tags: people hurt moment knowing giving
— Susan Sontag
What is the most beautiful in virile men is something feminine; what is most beautiful in feminine women is something masculine.
tags: men women beautiful
— Susan Sontag
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.
tags: write
— Susan Sontag
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.
tags: creation strong marriage
— 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.
tags: joy world empathy urban extreme photographer
— Susan Sontag
My idea of a writer: someone interested in everything.
tags: ideas
— Susan Sontag
I discovered that I am tired of being a person. Not just tired of being the person I was, but any person at all
tags: people
— Susan Sontag
To paraphrase several sages: Nobody can think and hit someone at the same time.
tags: time
— Susan Sontag
The life of the creative man is lead, directed and controlled by boredom. Avoiding boredom is one of our most important purposes.
tags: men creative
— Susan Sontag
Never worry about being obsessive. I like obsessive people. Obsessive people make great art
tags: people worries
— Susan Sontag
One can never ask anyone to change a feeling.
— Susan Sontag
In place of a hermeneutics we need an erotics of art.
tags: erotic
— Susan Sontag
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.
tags: pain
— Susan Sontag
Kindness, kindness, kindness. I want to make a New Year's prayer, not a resolution. I'm praying for courage.
tags: kindness prayer courage year
— Susan Sontag
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.
tags: power world oneself
— Susan Sontag
To be an artist or a writer is to be this weird thing - a hand worker in an era of mass production.
tags: artist
— Susan Sontag
The only interesting answers are those that destroy the questions.
tags: questions
— Susan Sontag
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
tags: loss experience culture
— Susan Sontag
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.
tags: freedom successful
— Susan Sontag
Self-respect. It would make me lovable. And it's the secret to good sex.
tags: secret sex
— Susan Sontag
Nothing is mysterious, no human relation. Except love.
tags: human
— Susan Sontag
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.
tags: alone
— Susan Sontag
susan sontag
Birth    : January 16, 1933
Death  : December 28, 2004
Occupation  : Writer