Saturday, January 16, 2010

Meandering freely . . .

Today is the birthday of Susan Sontag (January 16, 1933 – December 28, 2004), author and activist.

"Ours is an age which consciously pursues health, and yet only believes in the reality of sickness." - Susan Sontag

"The need for truth is not constant; no more than is the need for repose. An idea which is a distortion may have a greater intellectual thrust than the truth; it may better serve the needs of the spirit, which vary. The truth is balance, but the opposite of truth, which is unbalance, may not be a lie." - Susan Sontag

"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

"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." - Susan Sontag

"I envy paranoids; they actually feel people are paying attention to them." - Susan Sontag

"From now to the end of consciousness, we are stuck with the task of defending art." - Susan Sontag

"The camera makes everyone a tourist in other people's reality, and eventually in one's own." - Susan Sontag

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