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all quotes by Susan Sontag (8)

"Though collecting quotations could be considered as merely an ironic mimetism—victimless collecting, as it were … in a world that is well on its way to becoming one vast quarry, the collector becomes someone engaged in a pious work of salvage."

On Photography | january 1977

"Today everything exists to end in a photograph."

On Photography | november 1977

"The most awful thing would be to feel that I'd agree with the things I've already said and written - that is what would make me most uncomfortable because that would mean that I had stopped thinking."

Susan Sontag: The Complete Rolling Stone Interview | january 1978

"I haven't been everywhere, but it's on my list."

Unguided Tour | january 1978

"If I can't stand the world I just curl up with a book, and it's like a little spaceship that takes me away from everything."

Susan Sontag: The Complete Rolling Stone Interview | summer 1978

"A writer is someone who pays attention to the world—a writer is a professional observer."

The Project of Literature {via Brain Pickings} | 1992

"Books are not only the arbitrary sum of our dreams, and our memory. They also give us the model of self-transcendence."

Where the Stress Falls: Essays {via Brain Pickings} | june 1996

"Love words, agonize over sentences. And pay attention to the world."

At the Same Time: Essays and Speeches | march 2004
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