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" A fiction about soft or easy deaths is part of the mythology of most diseases that are not considered shameful or demeaning. "
" The camera makes everyone a tourist in other people's reality, and eventually in one's own. "
" Although none of the rules for becoming more alive is valid, it is healthy to keep on formulating them. "
" The problems of this world are only truly solved in two ways: by extinction or duplication. "
" Victims suggest innocence. And innocence, by the inexorable logic that governs all relational terms, suggests guilt. "
" My idea of a writer: someone interested in everything. "
" What we need is to use what we have. "
" The only interesting answers are those that destroy the questions. "
" What is most beautiful in virile men is something feminine; what is most beautiful in feminine women is something masculine. "
" To take a photograph is to participate in another person's mortality, vulnerability, mutability. Precisely by slicing out this moment and freezing it, all photographs testify to time's relentless melt. "
" Most people in this society who aren't actively mad are, at best, reformed or potential lunatics. "
" I don't want to express alienation. It isn't what I feel. I'm interested in various kinds of passionate engagement. All my work says be serious, be passionate, wake up. "
" The aim of all commentary on art now should be to make works of art - and, by analogy, our own experience - more, rather than less, real to us. The function of criticism should be to show how it is what it is, even that it is what it is, rather than to show what it means. "
" 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. "
" To photograph is to confer importance. "
" The life of the creative man is lead, directed and controlled by boredom. Avoiding boredom is one of our most important purposes. "
" Existence is no more than the precarious attainment of relevance in an intensely mobile flux of past, present, and future. "
" I was not looking for my dreams to interpret my life, but rather for my life to interpret my dreams. "
" Societies need to have one illness which becomes identified with evil, and attaches blame to its victims. "
" Any critic is entitled to wrong judgments, of course. But certain lapses of judgment indicate the radical failure of an entire sensibility. "
" It is not the position, but the disposition. "
" 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. "
" AIDS obliges people to think of sex as having, possibly, the direst consequences: suicide. Or murder. "
" The taste for quotations (and for the juxtaposition of incongruous quotations) is a Surrealist taste. "
" It is not suffering as such that is most deeply feared but suffering that degrades. "
" 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. "
" 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. "
" The truth is balance. However the opposite of truth, which is unbalance, may not be a lie. "
" The ideology of capitalism makes us all into connoisseurs of liberty - of the indefinite expansion of possibility. "
" The painter constructs, the photographer discloses. "
" Lying is an elementary means of self-defense. "