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" Although none of the rules for becoming more alive is valid, it is healthy to keep on formulating them. "
" Any critic is entitled to wrong judgments, of course. But certain lapses of judgment indicate the radical failure of an entire sensibility. "
" As photographs give people an imaginary possession of a past that is unreal, they also help people to take possession of space in which they are insecure. "
" I envy paranoids; they actually feel people are paying attention to them. "
" Books are funny little portable pieces of thought. "
" 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. "
" The becoming of man is the history of the exhaustion of his possibilities. "
" Lying is an elementary means of self-defense. "
" 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. "
" 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. "
" Sanity is a cozy lie. "
" In America, the photographer is not simply the person who records the past, but the one who invents it. "
" What we need is to use what we have. "
" Lying is the most simple form of self-defence. "
" Silence remains, inescapably, a form of speech. "
" The taste for quotations (and for the juxtaposition of incongruous quotations) is a Surrealist taste. "
" Mallarme said that everything in the world exists in order to end in a book. Today everything exists to end in a photograph. "
" Life is not significant details, illuminated by a flash, fixed forever. Photographs are. "
" What is the most beautiful in virile men is something feminine; what is most beautiful in feminine women is something masculine. "
" I was not looking for my dreams to interpret my life, but rather for my life to interpret my dreams. "
" Volume depends precisely on the writer's having been able to sit in a room every day, year after year, alone. "
" Science fiction films are not about science. They are about disaster, which is one of the oldest subjects of art. "
" Surrealism is a bourgeois disaffection; that its militants thought it universal is only one of the signs that it is typically bourgeois. "
" Most people in this society who aren't actively mad are, at best, reformed or potential lunatics. "
" Interpretation is the revenge of the intellectual upon art. "
" A fiction about soft or easy deaths is part of the mythology of most diseases that are not considered shameful or demeaning. "
" 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. "
" Travel becomes a strategy for accumulating photographs. "
" 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 only interesting answers are those that destroy the questions. "
" A family's photograph album is generally about the extended family and, often, is all that remains of it. "