Quotation by Susan Sontag

All ... forms of consensus about "great" books and "perennial" problems, once stabilized, tend to deteriorate eventually into something philistine. The real life of the mind is always at the frontiers of "what is already known." Those great books don't only need custodians and transmitters. To stay alive, they also need adversaries. The most interesting ideas are heresies.
Susan Sontag (b. 1933), U.S. essayist. repr. In A Susan Sontag Reader (1982). Interview, April 1975, in Salmagundi (Fall 1975-Winter 1976).
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