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Quotations From SUSAN SONTAG

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  • 41.
    So successful has been the camera's role in beautifying the world that photographs, rather than the world, have become the standard of the beautiful.
    Susan Sontag (b. 1933), U.S. author. On Photography, ch. 4 (1977).

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  • 42.
    ... [photographs] trade simultaneously on the prestige of art and the magic of the real.
    Susan Sontag (b. 1933), U.S. author. On Photography, ch. 3 (1977).

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  • 43.
    Although none of the rules for becoming more alive is valid, it is healthy to keep on formulating them.
    Susan Sontag (b. 1933), U.S. essayist. repr. In I, Etcetera (1978). "Debriefing," American Review (September 1973).
  • 44.
    Surrealism is a bourgeois disaffection; that its militants thought it universal is only one of the signs that it is typically bourgeois.
    Susan Sontag (b. 1933), U.S. essayist. "Melancholy Objects," On Photography (1977). For Sontag, "surrealism in painting amounted to little more than the contents of a meagerly stocked dream world: a few witty fantasies, mostly wet dreams and agoraphobic nightmares."
  • 45.
    The truth is balance, but the opposite of truth, which is unbalance, may not be a lie.
    Susan Sontag (b. 1933), U.S. essayist. "Simone Weil," Against Interpretation (1966).

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  • 46.
    What pornography is really about, ultimately, isn't sex but death.
    Susan Sontag (b. 1933), U.S. essayist. Originally published in Partisan Review (New Brunswick, NJ, Spring 1967). The Pornographic Imagination, sct. 4, Styles of Radical Will (1969).

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  • 47.
    The becoming of man is the history of the exhaustion of his possibilities.
    Susan Sontag (b. 1933), U.S. essayist. "'Thinking Against oneself': Reflections on Cioran," Styles of Radical Will (1969).

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  • 48.
    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 (b. 1933), U.S. essayist. AIDS and Its Metaphors, ch. 8 (1989).
  • 49.
    The writer is either a practising recluse or a delinquent, guilt-ridden one; or both. Usually both.
    Susan Sontag (b. 1933), U.S. essayist. "When Writers Talk Among Themselves," New York Times (Jan. 5, 1986).

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  • 50.
    Victims suggest innocence. And innocence, by the inexorable logic that governs all relational terms, suggests guilt.
    Susan Sontag (b. 1933), U.S. essayist. AIDS and Its Metaphors, ch. 1 (1989).

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