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How much self-love comes in the guise of selfless devotion!
SUSAN SONTAG
The taste for quotations (and for the juxtaposition of incongruous quotations) is a Surrealist taste...
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Is there an antidote to the perennial seductiveness of war? And is this a question a woman is more l...
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Narratives can make us understand. Photographs do something else: they haunt us.
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The concern is that the images to be devised won't be sufficiently upsetting: not concrete, not deta...
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Remembering is an ethical act, has ethical value in and of itself. Memory is, achingly, the only rel...
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To have a museum chronicling the great crime that was African slavery in the United States of Americ...
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To the militant, identity is everything.
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There is nothing wrong with standing back and thinking. To paraphrase several sages: 'Nobody can thi...
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We can't imagine how dreadful, how terrifying war is; and how normal it becomes. Can't understand, c...
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Authoritarian political ideologies have a vested interest in promoting fear, a sense of the imminenc...
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For those who live neither with religious consolations about death nor with a sense of death (or of ...
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As photographs give people an imaginary possession of a past that is unreal, they also help people t...
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The life of the creative man is lead, directed and controlled by boredom. Avoiding boredom is one of...
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Silence remains, inescapably, a form of speech.
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Lying is the most simple form of self-defence.
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The love of the famous, like all strong passions, is quite abstract. Its intensity can be measured m...
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Compassion is an unstable emotion. It needs to be translated into action, or it withers. The questio...
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The taste for worst-case scenarios reflects the need to master fear of what is felt to be uncontroll...
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Nature in America has always been suspect, on the defensive, cannibalized by progress. In America, e...
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A family's photograph album is generally about the extended family and, often, is all that remains o...
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Boredom is just the reverse side of fascination: both depend on being outside rather than inside a s...
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Perversity is the muse of modern literature.
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Ambition if it feeds at all, does so on the ambition of others.
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What pornography is really about, ultimately, isn't sex but death.
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I envy paranoids; they actually feel people are paying attention to them.
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Ours is a culture based on excess, on overproduction; the result is a steady loss of sharpness in ou...
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We live under continual threat of two equally fearful, but seemingly opposed, destinies: unremitting...
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Though collecting quotations could be considered as merely an ironic mimetism
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Fear of sexuality is the new, disease-sponsored register of the universe of fear in which everyone n...
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What we need is to use what we have.
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The truth is always something that is told, not something that is known. If there were no speaking o...
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Using a camera appeases the anxiety which the work-driven feel about not working when they are on va...
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Much of modern art is devoted to lowering the threshold of what is terrible. By getting us used to w...
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Depression is melancholy minus its charms.
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Volume depends precisely on the writer's having been able to sit in a room every day, year after yea...
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