Susan Sontag Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old susan sontag quotes, susan sontag sayings, and susan sontag proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


Travel becomes a strategy for accumulating photographs.     

Susan Sontag

I haven't been everywhere but it's on my list.     

Susan Sontag

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

Susan Sontag

It is not suffering as such that is most deeply feared but suffering that degrades.     

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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

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

Lying is an elementary means of self-defense.     

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Today everything exists to end in a photograph.     

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

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

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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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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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Attention is vitality. It connects you with others. It makes you eager. Stay eager.     

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Tragedy is a vision of nihilism, a heroic or ennobling vision of nihilism.     

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My idea of a writer: someone interested in everything     

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Depression is melancholy minus its charms the animation, the fits.     

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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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Camp is art that proposes itself seriously, but cannot be taken altogether seriously because it is 'too much.     

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Camp taste turns its back on the good-bad axis of ordinary aesthetic judgment. Camp doesn't reverse things. It doesn't argue that the good is bad, or the bad is good. What it does is to offer for art, and life, a different a supplementary set of standards.     

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Camp is a solvent of morality. It neutralizes moral indignation, sponsors playfulness.     

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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.     

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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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That even an apocalypse can be made to seem part of the ordinary horizon of expectation constitutes an unparalleled violence that is being done to our sense of reality, to our humanity.      

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Communism is fascism with a human face.     

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Each generation has to reinvent spirituality.     

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

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Illness is the night side of life, a more onerous citizenship. Everyone who is born holds dual citizenship, in the kingdom of the well and in the kingdom of the sick. Although we all prefer to use the good passport, sooner or later each of us is obliged, at least for a spell, to identify ourselves as citizens of that other place.     

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It is the nature of aphoristic thinking to be always in a state of concluding; a bid to have the final word is inherent in all powerful phrase-making.     

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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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The truth is balance. However the opposite of truth, which is unbalance, may not be a lie.     

Susan Sontag