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Quote Left American energy is the energy of violence, of free-floating resentment and anxiety unleashed by chronic cultural dislocations which must be, for the most part, ferociously sublimated. This energy has mainly been sublimated into crude materialism and acquisitiveness. Into hectic philanthropy. Into benighted moral crusades, the most spectacular of which was Prohibition. Into an awesome talent for uglifying countryside and cities. Into the loquacity and torment of a minority of gadflies: artists, prophets, muckrakers, cranks, and nuts. And into self-punishing neuroses. But the naked violence keeps breaking through, throwing everything into question. Quote Right
Quote Left 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. Quote Right
Quote Left Industrial societies turn their citizens into image-junkies; it is the most irresistible form of mental pollution. Poignant longings for beauty, for an end to probing below the surface, for a redemption and celebration of the body of the world. Ultimately, having an experience becomes identical with taking a photograph of it. Quote Right
Quote Left 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. Quote Right
Quote Left Guns have metamorphosed into cameras in this earnest comedy, the ecology safari, because nature has ceased to be what it always had been -- what people needed protection from. Now nature tamed, endangered, mortal -- needs to be protected from people. Quote Right
Quote Left A fiction about soft or easy deaths ... is part of the mythology of most diseases that are not considered shameful or demeaning. Quote Right
Quote Left Anything in history or nature that can be described as changing steadily can be seen as heading toward catastrophe. Quote Right
Quote Left Perversity is the muse of modern literature Quote Right
Quote Left 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. Quote Right
Quote Left 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. Quote Right
Quote Left The camera makes everyone a tourist in other people's reality, and eventually in one's own. Quote Right
Quote Left It is the nature of aphoristic thinking to be always in a state of concluding; a bid to have the final word is inherent in all powerful phrase-making. Quote Right
Quote Left Although none of the rules for becoming more alive is valid, it is healthy to keep on formulating them. Quote Right
Quote Left AIDS obliges people to think of sex as having, possibly, the direst consequences suicide. Or murder. Quote Right
Quote Left Religion is probably, after sex, the second oldest resource which human beings have available to them for blowing their minds. Quote Right
Quote Left We live under continual threat of two equally fearful, but seemingly opposed, destinies: unremitting banality and inconceivable terror. It is fantasy, served out in large rations by the popular arts, which allows most people to cope with these twin specters. Quote Right
Quote Left I was not looking for my dreams to interpret my life, but rather for my life to interpret my dreams. Quote Right
Quote Left Sanity is a cozy lie. Quote Right
Quote Left In America, the photographer is not simply the person who records the past, but the one who invents it. Quote Right
Quote Left What is most beautiful in virile men is something feminine; what is most beautiful in feminine women is something masculine. Quote Right
Quote Left Victims suggest innocence. And innocence, by the inexorable logic that governs all relational terms, suggests guilt. Quote Right
Quote Left AIDS occupies such a large part in our awareness because of what it has been taken to represent. It seems the very model of all the catastrophes privileged populations feel await them. Quote Right
Quote Left A large part of the popularity and persuasiveness of psychology comes from its being a sublimated spiritualism: a secular, ostensibly scientific way of affirming the primacy of spirit over matter. Quote Right
Quote Left Cancer patients are lied to, not just because the disease is (or is thought to be) a death sentence, but because it is felt to be obscene -- in the original meaning of that word: ill-omened, abominable, repugnant to the senses. Quote Right
Quote Left In good films, there is always a directness that entirely frees us from the itch to interpret. Quote Right
Quote Left Much of modern art is devoted to lowering the threshold of what is terrible. By getting us used to what, formerly, we could not bear to see or... Quote Right
Quote Left ... liberal intellectuals ... tend to have a classical theory of politics, in which the state has a monopoly of power; hoping that those in po... Quote Right
Quote Left A family's photograph album is generally about the extended family and, often, is all that remains of it. Quote Right
Quote Left Ambition if it feeds at all, does so on the ambition of others. Quote Right
Quote Left The painter constructs, the photographer discloses. Quote Right