Susan Sontag Quotes

Susan Sontag Quotes: Cameras began duplicating the world at that moment when the human landscape started to undergo a vertiginous rate of change: while an untold number of forms of biological and social life are being destroyed in a brief span of time, a device is available to record what is disappearing.
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Susan Sontag Quote: 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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Quotes about Susan Sontag: The destiny of photography has taken it far beyond the role to which it was originally thought to be limited: to give more accurate reports on reality (including works of art). Photography is the reality; the real object is often experienced as a letdown.
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Quote about Susan Sontag: One of the author's most ancient roles is to call the community to account for its hypocrisies and bad faith ...
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Susan Sontag Sayings: Fear binds people together. And fear disperses them. Courage inspires communities: the courage of an example - for courage is as contagious as fear. But courage, certain kinds of courage, can also isolate the brave.
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Susan Sontag Saying: Despite the illusion of giving understanding, what seeing through photographs really invites is an acquisitive relation to the world that nourishes aesthetic awareness and promotes emotional detachment.
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Sayings about Susan Sontag: Authoritarian political ideologies have a vested interest in promoting fear, a sense of the imminence of takeover by aliens and real diseases are useful material.
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Saying about Susan Sontag: Science fiction films are not about science. They are about disaster, which is one of the oldest subjects of art.
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Susan Sontag Quotes: The Western memory museum is now mostly a visual one.
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Susan Sontag Quote: [M]ilitary metaphors have more and more come to infuse all aspects of the description of the medical situation. Disease is seen as an invasion of alien organisms, to which the body responds by its own military operations, such as the mobilizing of immunological
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Quotes about Susan Sontag: Compassion is an unstable emotion. It needs to be translated into action, or it withers. The question of what to do with the feelings that have been aroused, the knowledge that has been communicated. If one feels that there is nothing 'we' can do -- but who is that 'we'? -- and nothing 'they' can do either -- and who are 'they' -- then one starts to get bored, cynical, apathetic.
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Quote about Susan Sontag: Marriage is a sort of tacit hunting in couples. The world all in couples, each couple in its own little house, watching its own little interests and stewing in its own little privacy - it's the most repulsive thing in the world. One's got to get rid of the exclusiveness of married love.
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Susan Sontag Sayings: Making social comment is an artificial place for an artist to start from. If an artist is touched by some social condition, what the artist creates will reflect that, but you can't force it.
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Susan Sontag Saying: What we need is to use what we have.
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Sayings about Susan Sontag: Books are not only the arbitrary sum of our dreams, and our memory. They also give us the model of self-transcende nce.
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Saying about Susan Sontag: 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.
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Susan Sontag Quotes: With the modern diseases (once TB, now cancer) the romantic idea that the disease expresses the character is invariably extended to assert that the character causes the disease -- because it has not expressed itself. Passion moves inward, striking and blighting the deepest cellular recesses.
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Susan Sontag Quote: 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.
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