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" 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. "
" Silence remains, inescapably, a form of speech. "
" What we need is to use what we have. "
" 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. "
" A family's photograph album is generally about the extended family and, often, is all that remains of it. "
" Any important disease whose causality is murky, and for which treatment is ineffectual, tends to be awash in significance. "
" Lying is the most simple form of self-defence. "
" Depression is melancholy minus its charms - the animation, the fits. "
" I was not looking for my dreams to interpret my life, but rather for my life to interpret my dreams. "
" What is most beautiful in virile men is something feminine; what is most beautiful in feminine women is something masculine. "
" Books are funny little portable pieces of thought. "
" The life of the creative man is lead, directed and controlled by boredom. Avoiding boredom is one of our most important purposes. "
" 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. "
" 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 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. "
" To photograph is to confer importance. "
" The becoming of man is the history of the exhaustion of his possibilities. "
" Victims suggest innocence. And innocence, by the inexorable logic that governs all relational terms, suggests guilt. "
" Anything in history or nature that can be described as changing steadily can be seen as heading toward catastrophe. "
" Most people in this society who aren't actively mad are, at best, reformed or potential lunatics. "
" I envy paranoids; they actually feel people are paying attention to them. "
" Lying is an elementary means of self-defense. "
" Intelligence is really a kind of taste: taste in ideas. "
" 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. "
" 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. "
" What is the most beautiful in virile men is something feminine; what is most beautiful in feminine women is something masculine. "
" The truth is balance. However the opposite of truth, which is unbalance, may not be a lie. "
" In America, the photographer is not simply the person who records the past, but the one who invents it. "
" 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. "
" 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. "
" The only interesting answers are those that destroy the questions. "