My Favorite Quotes
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 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. . .”
 Susan Sontag - “The best emotions to write out of are anger and fear or dread. . . . The least energizing emotion to write out of is admiration . . . because the basic feeling that goes with admiration is a passive contemplative mood.”
 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 - “Volume depends precisely on the writer's having been able to sit in a room every day, year after year, alone.”
 Susan Sontag - “Victims suggest innocence. And innocence, by the inexorable logic that governs all relational terms, suggests guilt.”
 Susan Sontag - “The truth is that Mozart, Pascal, Boolean algebra, Shakespeare, parliamentary government, baroque churches, Newton, the emancipation of women, Kant, Marx, and Balanchine ballets don't redeem what this particular civilization has wrought upon the world.”
 Susan Sontag - “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.”
 Susan Sontag - “I envy paranoids they actually feel people are paying attention to them.”
 Susan Sontag - “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.”
 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. . .”
 Susan Sontag - “All. . . 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.”
 Susan Sontag - “What pornography is really about, ultimately, isn't sex but death.”
 Susan Sontag - “It's fantastic knowing you're going to die it really makes having priorities and trying to follow them very real to you.”
 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 - “The writer is either a practising recluse or a delinquent, guilt-ridden one or both. Usually both.”
 Susan Sontag - “The ideology of capitalism makes us all into connoisseurs of liberty -- of the indefinite expansion of possibility.”
 Susan Sontag - “Intelligence is really a kind of taste taste in ideas.”
 Susan Sontag - “The freakish is no longer a private zone, difficult of access. People who are bizarre, in sexual disgrace, emotionally violent are seen daily on the newsstands, on TV, in the subways.”
 Susan Sontag - “The camera makes everyone a tourist in other people's reality, and eventually in one's own.”
 Susan Sontag - “Ambition if it feeds at all, does so on the ambition of others.”
 Susan Sontag - “A family's photograph album is generally about the extended family -- and, often, is all that remains of it.”
 Susan Sontag - “Anthropology has always struggled with an intense, fascinated repulsion towards its subject. . . . The anthropologist submits himself to the exotic to confirm his own inner alienation as an urban intellectual.”
 Susan Sontag - “This city is neither a jungle nor the moon. . . . In long shot a cosmic smudge, a conglomerate of bleeding energies. Close up, it is a fairly legible printed circuit, a transistorized labyrinth of beastly tracks, a data bank for asthmatic voice-prints.”
 Susan Sontag - “A photograph is not only an image (as a painting is an image), an interpretation of the real it is also a trace, something directly stenciled off the real, like a footprint or a death mask.”
 Susan Sontag - “One set of messages of the society we live in is Consume. Grow. Do what you want. Amuse yourselves.”

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