Susan Sontag Quotes

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

Photographs alter and enlarge our notions of what is worth looking at and what we have a right to observe. They are a grammar, and even more importantly, an ethics of seeing.

Perversity is the muse of modern literature.

The past itself, as historical change continues to accelerate, has become the most surreal of subjects-making it possible… to see a new beauty in what is vanishing.

I envy paranoids; they actually feel people are paying attention to them.

Many things in the world have not been named; and many things, even if they have been named, have never been described. One of these is the sensibility – unmistakably modern, a variant of sophistication but hardly identical with it – that goes by the cult name of “Camp.”

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 only the good passport, sooner or later each of us is obliged, at least for a spell, to identify […]

I was not looking for my dreams to interpret my life, but rather for my life to interpret my dreams.

The only interesting answers are those that destroy the questions.

Interpretation is the revenge of the intellect upon art.