Facts about Susan Sontag

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Susan Sontag was a famous Author from USA, who lived between January 28, 1933 and December 28, 2004.

Zodiac etc.

He/she is born under the zodiac aquarius, who is known for Knowledge, Humanitarian, Serious, Insightful, Duplicitous. Our collection contains 49 quotes who is written / told by Susan, under the main topic Intelligence.

Related authors: Kenneth Burke

Famous quotes by Susan Sontag (49)


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"What pornography is really about, ultimately, isn't sex but death"
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"The truth is balance. However the opposite of truth, which is unbalance, may not be a lie"
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"The ideology of capitalism makes us all into connoisseurs of liberty - of the indefinite expansion of possibility"
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"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"
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"Existence is no more than the precarious attainment of relevance in an intensely mobile flux of past, present, and future"
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"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"
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"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"
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"The taste for quotations (and for the juxtaposition of incongruous quotations) is a Surrealist taste"
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"The becoming of man is the history of the exhaustion of his possibilities"
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"Lying is the most simple form of self-defence"
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"Lying is an elementary means of self-defense"
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"Interpretation is the revenge of the intellectual upon art"
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"Depression is melancholy minus its charms - the animation, the fits"
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"Authoritarian political ideologies have a vested interest in promoting fear, a sense of the imminence of takeover by aliens and real diseases are useful material"
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"Any important disease whose causality is murky, and for which treatment is ineffectual, tends to be awash in significance"
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"Any critic is entitled to wrong judgments, of course. But certain lapses of judgment indicate the radical failure of an entire sensibility"
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"What is the most beautiful in virile men is something feminine; what is most beautiful in feminine women is something masculine"
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"The life of the creative man is lead, directed and controlled by boredom. Avoiding boredom is one of our most important purposes"
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"I envy paranoids; they actually feel people are paying attention to them"
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"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"
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"Books are funny little portable pieces of thought"
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"Anything in history or nature that can be described as changing steadily can be seen as heading toward catastrophe"
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"The love of the famous, like all strong passions, is quite abstract. Its intensity can be measured mathematically, and it is independent of persons"
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"Surrealism is a bourgeois disaffection; that its militants thought it universal is only one of the signs that it is typically bourgeois"
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"Most people in this society who aren't actively mad are, at best, reformed or potential lunatics"
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"AIDS obliges people to think of sex as having, possibly, the direst consequences: suicide. Or murder"
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"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"
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"Sanity is a cozy lie"
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"Ambition, if it feeds at all, does so on the ambition of others"
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"A fiction about soft or easy deaths is part of the mythology of most diseases that are not considered shameful or demeaning"
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"What we need is to use what we have"
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"The painter constructs, the photographer discloses"
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"It is not the position, but the disposition"
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"In the final analysis, style is art. And art is nothing more or less than various modes of stylized, dehumanized representation"
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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"
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"As photographs give people an imaginary possession of a past that is unreal, they also help people to take possession of space in which they are insecure"
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""Camp" is a vision of the world in terms of style - but a particular style. It is the love of the exaggerated"
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"The camera makes everyone a tourist in other people's reality, and eventually in one's own"
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"Life is not significant details, illuminated by a flash, fixed forever. Photographs are"
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"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"
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"Although none of the rules for becoming more alive is valid, it is healthy to keep on formulating them"
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"A family's photograph album is generally about the extended family and, often, is all that remains of it"
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"The only interesting answers are those that destroy the questions"
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"My idea of a writer: someone interested in everything"
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"It is not suffering as such that is most deeply feared but suffering that degrades"
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"In America, the photographer is not simply the person who records the past, but the one who invents it"
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"I was not looking for my dreams to interpret my life, but rather for my life to interpret my dreams"
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"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"
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"Intelligence is really a kind of taste: taste in ideas"


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