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 Susan Sontag - “My idea of a writer someone interested in 'everything,'”
 Susan Sontag - “I was not looking for my dreams to interpret my life, but rather for my life to interpret my dreams”
 Susan Sontag - “War-making is one of the few activities that people are not supposed to view ''realistically'' that is, with an eye to expense and practical outcome. In all-out war, expenditure is all-out, unprudent -- war being defined as an emergency in which no sacrifice is excessive.”
 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 - “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 - “Al forms of consensus about ''great'' books and ''perennial'' problems, once stabilized, tend to deteriorate eventually into something philistine. The real life of the mind is always at the frontiers of ''what is already known.'' Those great books don't only need custodians and transmitters. To stay alive, they also need adversaries. The most interesting ideas are heresies.”
 Susan Sontag - “The quality of American life is an insult to the possibilities of human growth... the pollution of American space, with gadgetry and cars and TV and box architecture, brutalizes the senses, making gray neurotics of most of us, and perverse spiritual athletes and strident self-transcenders of the best of us.”
 Susan Sontag - “Perhaps it is our perennial fate to be surprised by the simultaneity of events, by the sheer extension of the world in time and space. That we are here, prosperous, safe, unlikely to go to bed hungry or be blown to pieces this evening, while elsewhere in the world, right now in Grozny, in Najaf, in the Sudan, in the Congo, in Gaza, in the favelas of Rio....To be a travelerand novelists are often travelersis to be constantly reminded of the simultaneity of what is going on in the world, your world and the very different world you have visited and from which you have returned home.”
 Susan Sontag - “Somewhere in the nod we were dropping cargo. Somewhere in the nod we were losing infrastructure, losing redundant systems, losing specific gravity. Weightlessness seemed at the time the safer mode. Weightlessness seemed at the time the mode in which we could beat both the clock and affect itself, but I see now that it was not.”
 Susan Sontag - “It seems positively unnatural to travel without taking a camera along... The very activity of taking pictures is soothing and assuages general feelings of disorientation that are likely to be exacerbated by travel.”
 Susan Sontag - “What is most beautiful in virile men is something feminine what is most beautiful in feminine women is something masculine”
 Susan Sontag - “the most influential and admired novelist of his generation in the Spanish-speaking world.”
 Susan Sontag - “Perhaps it is our perennial fate to be surprised by the simultaneity of events, by the sheer extension of the world in time and space. That we are here, prosperous, safe, unlikely to go to bed hungry or be blown to pieces this evening, while elsewhere in the world, right now in Grozny, in Najaf, in the Sudan, in the Congo, in Gaza, in the favelas of Rio....To be a travelerand novelists are often travelersis to be constantly reminded of the simultaneity of what is going on in the world, your world and the very different world you have visited and from which you have returned home.”
 Susan Sontag - “The writer is either a practicing recluse or a delinquent, guilt-ridden one or both. Usually both.”
 Susan Sontag - “The Way We Live Now”
 Susan Sontag - “One set of messages of the society we live in is Consume. Grow. Do what you want. Amuse yourselves. The very working of this economic system, which has bestowed these unprecedented liberties, most cherished in the form of physical mobility and material prosperity, depends on encouraging people to defy limits.”
 Susan Sontag - “We live under continual threat of two equally fearful, but seemingly opposed, destinies unremitting banality and inconceivable terror. It is fantasy, served out in large rations by the popular arts, which allows most people to cope with these twin specters.”
 Susan Sontag - “What pornographic literature does is precisely to drive a wedge between one's existence as a full human being and one's existence as a sexual being -- while in ordinary life a healthy person is one who prevents such a gap from opening up. Normally we don't experience, at least don't want to experience, our sexual fulfillment as distinct from or opposed to our personal fulfillment. But perhaps in part they are distinct, whether we like it or not.”
 Susan Sontag - “Perversity is the muse of modern literature”
 Susan Sontag - “What pornographic literature does is precisely to drive a wedge between one's existence as a sexual being - while in ordinary life a healthy person is one who prevents such a gap from opening up”
 Susan Sontag - “It's a pleasure to share one's memories. Everything remembered is dear, endearing, touching, precious. At least the past is safe though we didn't know it at the time. We know it now. Because it's in the past because we have survived.”
 Susan Sontag - “Naive or commercial or merely utilitarian photography is no different in kind from photography as practiced by the most gifted professionals,”
 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.On Photography”
 Mark Sontag - “Being over a point down and in fourth after the first rotation definitely wasn't a good start. But we never gave up and I really liked the way everyone kept encouraging each other to keep fighting. It paid off. They just continue to dig deep into their pockets and pull out whatever they can.”
 Susan Sontag - “Tamed as it may be, sexuality remains one of the demonic forces in human consciousness -- pushing us at intervals close to taboo and dangerous desires, which range from the impulse to commit sudden arbitrary violence upon another person to the voluptuous yearning for the extinction of one's consciousness, for death itself. Even on the level of simple physical sensation and mood, making love surely resembles having an epileptic fit at least as much as, if not more than, it does eating a meal or conversing with someone.”

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