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Existence is no more than the precarious attainment of relevance in an intensely mobile flux of past, present, and future.

Susan Sontag in Past, Present, Existence

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Existence is no more than the precarious attainment of relevance in an intensely mobile flux of past, present, and future.

Susan Sontag

Most people in this society who aren't actively mad are, at best, reformed or potential lunatics.

Susan Sontag

What is the most beautiful in virile men is something feminine what is most beautiful in feminine women is something masculine.

Susan Sontag

Interpretation is the revenge of the intellectual upon art.

Susan Sontag

The past itself, as historical change continues to accelerate, has become the most surreal of subjects - making it possible... to see a new beauty in what is vanishing.

Susan Sontag

Travel becomes a strategy for accumulating photographs.

Susan Sontag

The truth is balance. However the opposite of truth, which is unbalance, may not be a lie.

Susan Sontag

What is the most beautiful in virile men is something feminine what is most beautiful in feminine women is something masculine.

Susan Sontag

Intelligence is really a kind of taste: taste in ideas.

Susan Sontag

I do not think white America is committed to granting equality to the American Negro. This is a passionately racist country it will continue to be so in the foreseeable future.

Susan Sontag

For those who live neither with religious consolations about death nor with a sense of death (or of anything else) as natural, death is the obscene mystery, the ultimate affront, the thing that cannot be controlled. It can only be denied.

Susan Sontag

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

As photographs give people an imaginary possession of a past that is unreal, they also help people to take possession of space in which they are insecure.

Susan Sontag

Any critic is entitled to wrong judgments, of course. But certain lapses of judgment indicate the radical failure of an entire sensibility.

Susan Sontag

I was not looking for my dreams to interpret my life, but rather for my life to interpret my dreams.

Susan Sontag