Susan Sontag

(1933-2004 / New York City, New York)

Susan Sontag Quotes

  • ''The truth is balance, but the opposite of truth, which is unbalance, may not be a lie.''
    Susan Sontag (b. 1933), U.S. essayist. "Simone Weil," Against Interpretation (1966).
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  • ''Silence remains, inescapably, a form of speech.''
    Susan Sontag (b. 1933), U.S. author. "The Aesthetics of Silence," (1967).
  • ''If an irreducible distinction between theatre and cinema does exist, it may be this: Theatre is confined to a logical or continuous use of space. Cinema ... has access to an alogical or discontinuous use of space.''
    Susan Sontag (b. 1933), U.S. author. "Theatre and Film," (1966).
  • ''Ambition if it feeds at all, does so on the ambition of others.''
    Susan Sontag (b. 1933), U.S. essayist. The Benefactor, ch. 1 (1963).
  • ''The love of the famous, like all strong passions, is quite abstract. Its intensity can be measured mathematically, and it is independent of persons.''
    Susan Sontag (b. 1933), U.S. essayist. The Benefactor, ch. 9 (1963).
  • ''The truth is always something that is told, not something that is known. If there were no speaking or writing, there would be no truth about anything. There would only be what is.''
    Susan Sontag (b. 1933), U.S. essayist. The Benefactor, ch. 1 (1963).
  • ''The problems of this world are only truly solved in two ways: by extinction or duplication.''
    Susan Sontag (b. 1933), U.S. essayist. "The Dummy," I, Etcetera (1978).
  • ''The painter constructs, the photographer discloses.''
    Susan Sontag (b. 1933), U.S. essayist. "The Heroism of Vision," On Photography (1977).
  • ''It is not altogether wrong to say that there is no such thing as a bad photograph—only less interesting, less relevant, less mysterious ones.''
    Susan Sontag (b. 1933), U.S. essayist. "The Heroism of Vision," On Photography (1977).
  • ''Science fiction films are not about science. They are about disaster, which is one of the oldest subjects of art.''
    Susan Sontag (b. 1933), U.S. essayist. "The Imagination of Disaster," Against Interpretation (1966).

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