Susan Sontag Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old Susan Sontag quotes, Susan Sontag sayings, and Susan Sontag proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

Travel becomes a strategy for accumulating photographs. Susan Sontag
I haven't been everywhere but it's on my list. Susan Sontag
Intelligence is really a kind of taste: taste in ideas. Susan Sontag
It is not suffering as such that is most deeply feared but suffering that degrades. Susan Sontag
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. Susan Sontag
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. Susan Sontag
Lying is an elementary means of self-defense. Susan Sontag
Today everything exists to end in a photograph. Susan Sontag
Life is not about significant details, illuminated a flash, fixed forever. Photographs are. Susan Sontag
Time eventually positions most photographs, even the most amateurish, at the level of art. Susan Sontag
The life of the creative man is lead, directed and controlled by boredom. Avoiding boredom is one of our most important purposes. Susan Sontag
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. Susan Sontag
Attention is vitality. It connects you with others. It makes you eager. Stay eager. Susan Sontag
Tragedy is a vision of nihilism, a heroic or ennobling vision of nihilism. Susan Sontag
My idea of a writer: someone interested in everything Susan Sontag
Depression is melancholy minus its charms the animation, the fits. Susan Sontag
Camp is a vision of the world in terms of style but a particular style. It is the love of the exaggerated. Susan Sontag
Camp is art that proposes itself seriously, but cannot be taken altogether seriously because it is 'too much. Susan Sontag
Camp taste turns its back on the good-bad axis of ordinary aesthetic judgment. Camp doesn't reverse things. It doesn't argue that the good is bad, or the bad is good. What it does is to offer for art, and life, a different a supplementary set of standards. Susan Sontag
Camp is a solvent of morality. It neutralizes moral indignation, sponsors playfulness. Susan Sontag
To take a photograph is to participate in another person's mortality, vulnerability, mutability. Precisely by slicing out this moment and freezing it, all photographs testify to time's relentless melt. Susan Sontag
The ideology of capitalism makes us all into connoisseurs of liberty of the indefinite expansion of possibility. 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
Communism is fascism with a human face. Susan Sontag
Each generation has to reinvent spirituality. Susan Sontag
Fear of sexuality is the new, disease-sponsored register of the universe of fear in which everyone now lives. Susan Sontag
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 the good passport, sooner or later each of us is obliged, at least for a spell, to identify ourselves as citizens of that other place. 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
Existence is no more than the precarious attainment of relevance in an intensely mobile flux of past, present, and future. Susan Sontag
The truth is balance. However the opposite of truth, which is unbalance, may not be a lie. Susan Sontag