Susan Sontag

American writer, filmmaker, teacher, and political activist

Lived from: 1933-2004

Category: Politics | Writers (Contemporary)

Quotes: Susan Sontag

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    Intelligence is really a kind of taste: taste in ideas.
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    A family's photograph album is generally about the extended family and, often, is all that remains of it.
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    A fiction about soft or easy deaths is part of the mythology of most diseases that are not considered shameful or demeaning.
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    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.
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    AIDS obliges people to think of sex as having, possibly, the direst consequences: suicide. Or murder.
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    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.
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    Although none of the rules for becoming more alive is valid, it is healthy to keep on formulating them.
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    Ambition if it feeds at all, does so on the ambition of others.
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    Any critic is entitled to wrong judgments, of course. But certain lapses of judgment indicate the radical failure of an entire sensibility.
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    Any important disease whose causality is murky, and for which treatment is ineffectual, tends to be awash in significance.
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    Anything in history or nature that can be described as changing steadily can be seen as heading toward catastrophe.
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    Boredom is just the reverse side of fascination: both depend on being outside rather than inside a situation, and one leads to the other.
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    Camp is a vision of the world in terms of style - but a particular kind of style. It is love of the exaggerated.
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    Cancer patients are lied to, not just because the disease is (or is thought to be) a death sentence, but because it is felt to be obscene - in the original meaning of that word: ill-omened, abominable, repugnant to the senses.
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    Depression is melancholy minus its charms - the animation, the fits.
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