Susan Sontag Quotes


88 Susan Sontag quotes:



"In most modern instances, interpretation amounts to the philistine refusal to leave the work of art alone. Real art has the capacity to make us nervous. By reducing the work of art to its content and then interpreting that, one tames the work of art. Interpretation makes art manageable, conformable."
"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."
Author: Sontag Quotes Category: Expectation Quotes
"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. . ."
Author: Sontag Quotes Category: Growth Quotes
"I was not looking for my dreams to interpret my life, but rather for my life to interpret my dreams."
"Ambition, if it feeds at all, does so on the ambition of others."
"Sanity is a cozy lie."
Author: Sontag Quotes Category: American Author Quotes Sanity Quotes
"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."
Author: Sontag Quotes Category: Nature Quotes
"Unfortunately, moral beauty in art -- like physical beauty in a person -- is extremely perishable. It is nowhere so durable as artistic or intellectual beauty. Moral beauty has a tendency to decay very rapidly into sententiousness or untimeliness."
Author: Sontag Quotes Category: Morality Quotes
"He who despises himself esteems himself as a self-despiser."
Author: Sontag Quotes Category: Self Quotes
"So successful has been the camera's role in beautifying the world that photographs, rather than the world, have become the standard of the beautiful."
"Though collecting quotations could be considered as merely an ironic mimetism -- victimless collecting, as it were... in a world that is well on its way to becoming one vast quarry, the collector becomes someone engaged in a pious work of salvage. The course of modern history having already sapped the traditions and shattered the living wholes in which precious objects once found their place, the collector may now in good conscience go about excavating the choicer, more emblematic fragments."
Author: Sontag Quotes Category: Quotes 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."
"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."
Author: Sontag Quotes Category: Comedy Quotes
"Life is not significant details, illuminated by a flash, fixed forever. Photographs are."
"Ours is a culture based on excess, on overproduction; the result is a steady loss of sharpness in our sensory experience. All the conditions of modern life - its material plenitude, its sheer crowdedness - conjoin to dull our sensory faculties."
Author: Sontag Quotes Category: Culture Quotes
"Ours is a culture based on excess, on overproduction; the result is a steady loss of sharpness in our sensory experience. All the conditions of modern life -- its material plenitude, its sheer crowdedness -- conjoin to dull our sensory faculties."
Author: Sontag Quotes Category: Culture Quotes Excess Quotes
"Science fiction films are not about science. They are about disaster, which is one of the oldest subjects of art."
"The writer is either a practicing recluse or a delinquent, guilt-ridden one; or both. Usually both."
"What is the most beautiful in virile men is something feminine; what is most beautiful in feminine women is something masculine."
"Depression is melancholy minus its charms - the animation, the fits."



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