Susan Sontag Quotes

Religion is probably, after sex, the second oldest resource which human beings have available to them for blowing their minds

Susan Sontag

Boredom is just the reverse side of fascination: both depend on being outside rather than inside a situation, and one leads to the other.

Susan Sontag

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.

Susan Sontag

Industrial societies turn their citizens into image-junkies; it is the most irresistible form of mental pollution. Poignant longings for beauty, for an end to probing below the surface, for a redemption and celebration of the body of the world. Ultimately, having an experience becomes identical with taking a photograph of it.

Susan Sontag

Interpretation is the revenge of the intellect upon art.

Susan Sontag

Sanity is a cozy lie

Susan Sontag

Depression is melancholy minus its charms - the animation, the fits.

Susan Sontag

Anthropology has always struggled with an intense, fascinated repulsion towards its subject. . . . The anthropologist submits himself to the exotic to confirm his own inner alienation as an urban intellectual.

Susan Sontag

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