Susan Sontag Quotes (170 quotes)
On Photography (2011 edition), Macmillan - ISBN: 9781429957113
“What is most beautiful in virile men is something feminine; what is most beautiful in feminine women is something masculine.”
Against Interpretation: And Other Essays (1966), p. 279, Chapter V, "Notes on Camp"
“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.”
AIDS and Its Metaphors, (1989), ch. 6, p. 149
“The AIDS crisis is evidence of a world in which nothing important is regional, local, limited; in which everything that can circulate does, and every problem is, or is destined to become, worldwide.”
AIDS and Its Metaphors (1989), p. 180
“I guess I think I'm writing for people who are smarter than I am, because then I'll be doing something that's worth their time. I'd be very afraid to write from a position where I consciously thought I was smarter than most of my readers.”
The Risk Taker, profile/interview by Gary Younge, The Guardian (19 January 2002)
“The sublimity of color in Hodgkin's pictures can be thought of as, first of all, expressive of gratitude — for the world that resists and survives the ego and its discontents.”
About Hodgkin, from Howard Hodgkin Paintings (1995), p. 109
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Born: January 16, 1933
Died: December 28, 2004 (aged 71)
Occupation: Author, novelist, essayist
Bio: Susan Sontag was an American essayist, literary icon, and political activist whose works include On Photography, Against Interpretation, The Way We Live Now, and Regarding the Pain of Others.
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“In relation to God, we are like a thief who has burgled the house of a kindly householder and been allowed to keep some of the gold. From the point of view of the lawful owner this gold is a gift; Form the point of view of the burglar it is a theft. He must go and give it back. It is the same with our existence. We have stolen a little of God's being to make it ours. God has made us a gift of it. But we have stolen it. We must return it.”