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" AIDS obliges people to think of sex as having, possibly, the direst consequences: suicide. Or murder. "
" For those who live neither with religious consolations about death nor with a sense of death (or of anything else) as natural, death is the obscene mystery, the ultimate affront, the thing that cannot be controlled. It can only be denied. "
" Lying is the most simple form of self-defence. "
" Lying is an elementary means of self-defense. "
" I envy paranoids; they actually feel people are paying attention to them. "
" What is the most beautiful in virile men is something feminine; what is most beautiful in feminine women is something masculine. "
" The taste for quotations (and for the juxtaposition of incongruous quotations) is a Surrealist taste. "
" My idea of a writer: someone interested in everything. "
" Intelligence is really a kind of taste: taste in ideas. "
" Science fiction films are not about science. They are about disaster, which is one of the oldest subjects of art. "
" Existence is no more than the precarious attainment of relevance in an intensely mobile flux of past, present, and future. "
" 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. "
" It is not suffering as such that is most deeply feared but suffering that degrades. "
" Sanity is a cozy lie. "
" A family's photograph album is generally about the extended family and, often, is all that remains of it. "
" 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. "
" Any important disease whose causality is murky, and for which treatment is ineffectual, tends to be awash in significance. "
" Surrealism is a bourgeois disaffection; that its militants thought it universal is only one of the signs that it is typically bourgeois. "
" Depression is melancholy minus its charms - the animation, the fits. "
" The painter constructs, the photographer discloses. "
" 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. "
" So successful has been the camera's role in beautifying the world that photographs, rather than the world, have become the standard of the beautiful. "
" Making social comment is an artificial place for an artist to start from. If an artist is touched by some social condition, what the artist creates will reflect that, but you can't force it. "
" 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. "
" In America, the photographer is not simply the person who records the past, but the one who invents it. "
" The life of the creative man is lead, directed and controlled by boredom. Avoiding boredom is one of our most important purposes. "
" Societies need to have one illness which becomes identified with evil, and attaches blame to its victims. "
" The ideology of capitalism makes us all into connoisseurs of liberty - of the indefinite expansion of possibility. "
" Any critic is entitled to wrong judgments, of course. But certain lapses of judgment indicate the radical failure of an entire sensibility. "
" The truth is balance. However the opposite of truth, which is unbalance, may not be a lie. "
" The love of the famous, like all strong passions, is quite abstract. Its intensity can be measured mathematically, and it is independent of persons. "