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Susan Sontag Quotes: "My urge to write is an urge not to self-expressionism but to self-transcendence. My work is both bigger and smaller than I am."

My urge to write is an urge not to self-expressionism but to self-transcendence. My work is both bigger and smaller than I am.




Susan Sontag Quotes: "Most people in this society who aren't actively mad are, at best, reformed or potential lunatics."

Most people in this society who aren't actively mad are, at best, reformed or potential lunatics.




Susan Sontag Quotes: "Most of my reading is rereading."

Most of my reading is rereading.




Susan Sontag Quotes: "[Brodsky] loved cats, and sometimes for a greeting would meow."

[Brodsky] loved cats, and sometimes for a greeting would meow.



Susan Sontag Quotes: "We are told we must choose — the old or the new. In fact, we must choose both. What is a life if not a series of negotiations between the old and the"

We are told we must choose — the old or the new. In fact, we must choose both. What is a life if not a series of negotiations between the old and the



Susan Sontag Quotes: "If I thought that what I'm doing when I write is expressing myself, I'd junk the typewriter. Writing is a much more complicated activity that that."

If I thought that what I'm doing when I write is expressing myself, I'd junk the typewriter. Writing is a much more complicated activity that that.




Susan Sontag Quotes: "The likelihood that your acts of resistance cannot stop the injustice does not exempt you from acting in what you sincerely and reflectively hold to be the best interests of your community."

The likelihood that your acts of resistance cannot stop the injustice does not exempt you from acting in what you sincerely and reflectively hold to be the best interests of your community.



Susan Sontag Quotes: "Interpretation is the revenge of the intellectual upon art."

Interpretation is the revenge of the intellectual upon art.



Susan Sontag Quotes: "The writer is either a practicing recluse or a delinquent, guilt-ridden one--or both. Usually both."

The writer is either a practicing recluse or a delinquent, guilt-ridden one--or both. Usually both.



Susan Sontag Quotes: "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."

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 Quotes: "The only interesting ideas are heresies"

The only interesting ideas are heresies




Susan Sontag Quotes: "A writer, I think, is someone who pays attention to the world.", Frankfurt Book Fair, October 12, 2003]"

A writer, I think, is someone who pays attention to the world.", Frankfurt Book Fair, October 12, 2003]



Susan Sontag Quotes: "He who despises himself esteems himself as a self-despiser."

He who despises himself esteems himself as a self-despiser.



Susan Sontag Quotes: "It is intolerable to have one's sufferings twinned with anybody else's."

It is intolerable to have one's sufferings twinned with anybody else's.



Susan Sontag Quotes: "Instead of just recording reality photographs have become the norm for the way things appear to us thereby changing the very idea of reality and of realism."

Instead of just recording reality photographs have become the norm for the way things appear to us thereby changing the very idea of reality and of realism.



Susan Sontag Quotes: "Time eventually positions most photographs, even the most amateurish, at the level of art."

Time eventually positions most photographs, even the most amateurish, at the level of art.



Susan Sontag Quotes: "The camera makes everyone a tourist in other people's reality and eventually in one's own."

The camera makes everyone a tourist in other people's reality and eventually in one's own.



Susan Sontag Quotes: "To set their sufferings alongside the sufferings of another people was to compare them (which hell was worse?), demoting Sarajevo's martyrdom to a mere instance."

To set their sufferings alongside the sufferings of another people was to compare them (which hell was worse?), demoting Sarajevo's martyrdom to a mere instance.



Susan Sontag Quotes: "Compassion is an unstable emotion. It needs to be translated into action, or it withers."

Compassion is an unstable emotion. It needs to be translated into action, or it withers.



Susan Sontag Quotes: "Life is not about significant details illuminated in a flash fixed forever. Photographs are."

Life is not about significant details illuminated in a flash fixed forever. Photographs are.



Susan Sontag Quotes: "My idea of a writer: someone interested in everything."

My idea of a writer: someone interested in everything.



Susan Sontag Quotes: "Photographs shock insofar as they show something novel."

Photographs shock insofar as they show something novel.



Susan Sontag Quotes: "It’s not love that the past needs in order to survive, it’s an absence of choices."

It’s not love that the past needs in order to survive, it’s an absence of choices.



Susan Sontag Quotes: "With time, many staged photographs turn back into historical evidence, albeit of an impure kind - like most historical evidence."

With time, many staged photographs turn back into historical evidence, albeit of an impure kind - like most historical evidence.



Susan Sontag Quotes: "The best criticism, and it is uncommon, is of this sort that dissolves considerations of content into those of form."

The best criticism, and it is uncommon, is of this sort that dissolves considerations of content into those of form.



Susan Sontag Quotes: "What is the most beautiful in virile men is something feminine what is most beautiful in feminine women is something masculine."

What is the most beautiful in virile men is something feminine what is most beautiful in feminine women is something masculine.



Susan Sontag Quotes: "Strictly speaking, nothing that’s said is true. (Though one can be the truth, one can’t ever say it.)"

Strictly speaking, nothing that’s said is true. (Though one can be the truth, one can’t ever say it.)



Susan Sontag Quotes: "Science fiction films are not about science. They are about disaster, which is one of the oldest subjects of art."

Science fiction films are not about science. They are about disaster, which is one of the oldest subjects of art.



Susan Sontag Quotes: "In fact, there are many uses of the innumerable opportunities a modern life supplies for regarding - at a distance, through the medium of photography - other people's pain."

In fact, there are many uses of the innumerable opportunities a modern life supplies for regarding - at a distance, through the medium of photography - other people's pain.



Susan Sontag Quotes: "What is most beautiful in virile men is something feminine what is most beautiful in feminine women is something masculine."

What is most beautiful in virile men is something feminine what is most beautiful in feminine women is something masculine.



Susan Sontag Quotes: "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."

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.



Susan Sontag Quotes: "The memory of war, however, like all memory, is mostly local."

The memory of war, however, like all memory, is mostly local.



Susan Sontag Quotes: "Photographs that depict suffering shouldn't be beautiful, as captions shouldn't moralize."

Photographs that depict suffering shouldn't be beautiful, as captions shouldn't moralize.



Susan Sontag Quotes: "Making suffering loom larger, by globalizing it, may spur people to feel they ought to "care" more."

Making suffering loom larger, by globalizing it, may spur people to feel they ought to "care" more.



Susan Sontag Quotes: "Intelligence is really a kind of taste: taste in ideas."

Intelligence is really a kind of taste: taste in ideas.



Susan Sontag Quotes: "Interpretation is the revenge of the intellect upon art."

Interpretation is the revenge of the intellect upon art.



Susan Sontag Quotes: "Any critic is entitled to wrong judgments, of course. But certain lapses of judgment indicate the radical failure of an entire sensibility."

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



Susan Sontag Quotes: "Ambition if it feeds at all does so on the ambition of others."

Ambition if it feeds at all does so on the ambition of others.



Susan Sontag Quotes: "Rules of taste enforce structures of power."

Rules of taste enforce structures of power.



Susan Sontag Quotes: "Alone, alone. I am alone – I ache … Yet for the first time, despite all the anguish and the reality problems, I’m here. I feel tranquil, whole, ADULT."

Alone, alone. I am alone – I ache … Yet for the first time, despite all the anguish and the reality problems, I’m here. I feel tranquil, whole, ADULT.



Susan Sontag Quotes: "10 percent of any population is cruel, no matter what, and 10 percent is merciful, no matter what, and the remaining 80 percent can be moved in either direction."

10 percent of any population is cruel, no matter what, and 10 percent is merciful, no matter what, and the remaining 80 percent can be moved in either direction.



Susan Sontag Quotes: "The problems of this world are only truly solved in two ways: by extinction or by duplication"

The problems of this world are only truly solved in two ways: by extinction or by duplication



Susan Sontag Quotes: "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."

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 Quotes: "There is nothing wrong with standing back and thinking. To paraphrase several sages: 'Nobody can think and hit someone at the same time."

There is nothing wrong with standing back and thinking. To paraphrase several sages: 'Nobody can think and hit someone at the same time.



Susan Sontag Quotes: "[O]ne person's 'barbarian' is another person's 'just doing what everybody else is doing."

[O]ne person's 'barbarian' is another person's 'just doing what everybody else is doing.



Susan Sontag Quotes: "How much self-love comes in the guise of selfless devotion!"

How much self-love comes in the guise of selfless devotion!



Susan Sontag Quotes: "Love words, agonize over sentences. And pay attention to the world."

Love words, agonize over sentences. And pay attention to the world.



Susan Sontag Quotes: "Although none of the rules for becoming alive is valid it is healthy to keep on formulating them."

Although none of the rules for becoming alive is valid it is healthy to keep on formulating them.