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"A good rule before one goes marching or signing anything: Whatever your tug of sympathy, you have no right to a public opinion unless you've been there, experienced firsthand and on the ground and for some considerable time the country, war, injustice, whatever, you are talking about. In the absence of such firsthand knowledge and experience: silence."  (Susan Sontag, from Answers to a Questionnaire, 1997)

"It's a pleasure to share one's memories. Everything remembered is dear, endearing, touching, precious. At least the past is safe - though we didn't know it at the time. We know it now. Because it's in the past; because we have survived."  (Susan Sontag)

"Nobody has to be a writer. Print culture may be under siege, but there has been an enormous inflation in the number of books printed, and very few of these could be considered part of literature. ... Unlike what has been said here before, for me the primary obligation is human solidarity."  (Susan Sontag)

"Sanity is a cozy lie."  (Susan Sontag)

"Victims suggest innocence. And innocence, by the inexorable logic that governs all relational terms, suggests guilt."  (Susan Sontag)

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