Norman Mailer

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Norman Mailer

Norman Mailer

If a person is not talented enough to be a novelist, not smart enough to be a lawyer, and his hands are too shaky to perform operations, he becomes a journalist.More Norman Mailer [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
A modern democracy is a tyranny whose borders are undefined; one discovers how far one can go only by traveling in a straight line until one is stopped.More Norman Mailer [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Each day a few more lies eat into the seed with which we are born, little institutional lies from the print of newspapers, the shock waves of television, and the sentimental cheats of the movie screen.More Norman Mailer [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Because there is very little honor left in American life, there is a certain built-in tendency to destroy masculinity in American men.More Norman Mailer [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
In America few people will trust you unless you are irreverent.More Norman Mailer [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Giving a camera to Diane Arbus is like putting a live grenade in the hands of a child.More Norman Mailer [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Once a newspaper touches a story the facts are lost forever, even to the protagonists.More Norman Mailer [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
What characterizes a member of a minority group is that he is forced to see himself as both exceptional and insignificant, marvelous and awful, good and evil.More Norman Mailer [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Masculinity is not something given to you, but something you gain. And you gain it by winning small battles with honor.More Norman Mailer [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The horror of the Twentieth Century was the size of each new event, and the paucity of its reverberation.More Norman Mailer [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The difference between writing a book and being on television is the difference between conceiving a child and having a baby made in a test tube.More Norman Mailer [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
There is one expanding horror in American life. It is that our long odyssey toward liberty, democracy and freedom-for-all may be achieved in such a way that utopia remains forever closed, and we live in freedom and hell, debased of style, not individual from one another, void of courage, our fear rationalized away.More Norman Mailer [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The final purpose of art is to intensify, even, if necessary, to exacerbate, the moral consciousness of people.More Norman Mailer [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Writing books is the closest men ever come to childbearing.More Norman Mailer [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
In America all too few blows are struck into flesh. We kill the spirit here, we are experts at that. We use psychic bullets and kill each other cell by cell.More Norman Mailer [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
It's not the sentiments of men which make history but their actions.More Norman Mailer [03/12/2018 02:03:32]
Revolutions are the periods of history when individuals count most.More Norman Mailer [03/12/2018 02:03:32]
There are four stages in a marriage. First there's the affair, then the marriage, then children and finally the fourth stage, without which you cannot know a woman, the divorce.More Norman Mailer [03/12/2018 02:03:32]
The highest prize in a world of men is the most beautiful woman available on your arm and living there in her heart loyal to you.More Norman Mailer [03/12/2018 02:03:32]
He got a corporation mind. He doesn't believe in nature; he puts his trust and distrust in man.More Norman Mailer [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
The function of socialism is to raise suffering to a higher level.More Norman Mailer [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
There was that law of life, so cruel and so just, that one must grow or else pay more for remaining the same. - The Deer Park.More Norman Mailer [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
The highest prize in a world of men is the most beautiful woman available on your arm and living there in her heart loyal to you.More Norman Mailer [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Obsession is the single most wasteful human activity, because with an obsession you keep coming back and back and back to the same question and never get an answer.More Norman Mailer [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
I don't think life is absurd. I think we are all here for a huge purpose. I think we shrink from the immensity of the purpose we are here for.More Norman Mailer [03/29/2018 05:03:36]

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