Far far away land

Carpe Diem

Noel Gomes

books0977:

City reading on balcony.

“A good book is an education of the heart. It enlarges your sense of human possibility, what human nature is, of what happens in the world. It’s a creator of inwardness.” — Susan Sontag

I wouldn’t be the person I am, I wouldn’t understand what I understand, were it not for certain books. I’m thinking of the great question of nineteenth-century Russian literature: how should one live? A novel worth reading is an education of the heart. It enlarges your sense of human possibility, of what human nature is, of what happens in the world. It’s a creator of inwardness.

Susan Sontag (via wordpainting)

Books are funny little portable pieces of thought.

Susan Sontag (via tumblerete)

Reading usually precedes writing. And the impulse to write is almost always fired by reading. Reading, the love of reading, is what makes you dream of becoming a writer.

Susan Sontag (via quotes-shape-us)

explore-blog:

Susan Sontag on literature and freedom – superb read.

Do stuff. be clenched, curious. Not waiting for inspiration’s shove or society’s kiss on your forehead. Pay attention. It’s all about paying attention. attention is vitality. It connects you with others. It makes you eager. stay eager.

Susan Sontag (via observando)

theparisreview:

“I wouldn’t be the person I am, I wouldn’t understand what I understand, were it not for certain books. I’m thinking of the great question of nineteenth-century Russian literature: how should one live? A novel worth reading is an education of the heart. It enlarges your sense of human possibility, of what human nature is, of what happens in the world. It’s a creator of inwardness.”

Susan Sontag, born today in 1933.

If I am not able to write because I’m afraid of being a bad writer, then I must be a bad writer. At least I’ll be writing.

Susan Sontag, via Brainpickings (via bostonpoetryslam)

A writer is someone who pays attention to the world — a writer is a professional observer.

A beautiful definition from Susan Sontag from her altogether fantastic 1992 lecture on the purpose of literature. (via explore-blog)

All photographs are memento mori. To take a photograph is to participate in another person’s (or thing’s) mortality, vulnerability, mutability. Precisely by slicing out this moment and freezing it, all photographs testify to time’s relentless melt.

Susan Sontag (via museoleum)

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