The best Quotations


A family's photograph album is generally about the extended family and, often, is all that remains of it.
- Susan Sontag

A fiction about soft or easy deaths is part of the mythology of most diseases that are not considered shameful or demeaning.
- Susan Sontag

A large part of the popularity and persuasiveness of psychology comes from its being a sublimated spiritualism: a secular, ostensibly scientific way of affirming the primacy of ''spirit'' over matter.
- Susan Sontag

Aids obliges people to think of sex as having, possibly, the direst consequences: suicide. or murder.
- Susan Sontag

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.
- Susan Sontag

Although none of the rules for becoming more alive is valid, it is healthy to keep on formulating them.
- Susan Sontag

Ambition if it feeds at all, does so on the ambition of others.
- Susan Sontag

Any critic is entitled to wrong judgments, of course. but certain lapses of judgment indicate the radical failure of an entire sensibility.
- Susan Sontag

Any important disease whose causality is murky, and for which treatment is ineffectual, tends to be awash in significance.
- Susan Sontag

Anything in history or nature that can be described as changing steadily can be seen as heading toward catastrophe.
- Susan Sontag

Boredom is just the reverse side of fascination: both depend on being outside rather than inside a situation, and one leads to the other.
- Susan Sontag

Camp is a vision of the world in terms of style - but a particular kind of style. it is love of the exaggerated.
- Susan Sontag

Cancer patients are lied to, not just because the disease is (or is thought to be) a death sentence, but because it is felt to be obscene - in the original meaning of that word: ill-omened, abominable, repugnant to the senses.
- Susan Sontag

Depression is melancholy minus its charms - the animation, the fits.
- Susan Sontag

Existence is no more than the precarious attainment of relevance in an intensely mobile flux of past, present, and future.
- Susan Sontag

Fear of sexuality is the new, disease-sponsored register of the universe of fear in which everyone now lives.
- Susan Sontag

Fewer and fewer americans possess objects that have a patina, old furniture, grandparents pots and pans - the used things, warm with generations of human touch, essential to a human landscape. instead, we have our paper phantoms, transistorized landscapes. a featherweight portable museum.
- Susan Sontag

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

Guns have metamorphosed into cameras in this earnest comedy, the ecology safari, because nature has ceased to be what it always had been - what people needed protection from. now nature tamed, endangered, mortal - needs to be protected from people.
- Susan Sontag

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.
- Susan Sontag

I envy paranoids; they actually feel people are paying attention to them.
- Susan Sontag

In america, the photographer is not simply the person who records the past, but the one who invents it.
- Susan Sontag

In good films, there is always a directness that entirely frees us from the itch to interpret.
- Susan Sontag

In most modern instances, interpretation amounts to the philistine refusal to leave the work of art alone. real art has the capacity to make us nervous. by reducing the work of art to its content and then interpreting that, one tames the work of art. interpretation makes art manageable, conformable.
- Susan Sontag

In the final analysis, ''style'' is art. and art is nothing more or less than various modes of stylized, dehumanized representation.
- Susan Sontag


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