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Norman Mailer Quotes


43 Norman Mailer quotes:



"In America few people will trust you unless you are irreverent."
"It's not a good idea to put your wife into a novel; not your latest wife anyway."
"There was that law of life, so cruel and so just, that one must grow or else pay more for remaining the same."
"Writing books is the closest men ever come to childbearing."
"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."
"The final purpose of art is to intensify, even, if necessary, to exacerbate, the moral consciousness of people."
"When I read it, I don't wince, which is all I ever ask for a book I write."
"Tough guys don't dance. You had better believe it."
"Because there is very little honor left in American life, there is a certain built-in tendency to destroy masculinity in American men."
"Giving a camera to Diane Arbus is like putting a live grenade in the hands of a child."
"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."
Author: Mailer Quotes Category: American Novelist Quotes Minority Quotes
"Growth, in some curious way, I suspect, depends on being always in motion just a little bit, one way or another."
"Sentimentality is the emotional promiscuity of those who have no sentiment."
"With the pride of the artist, you must blow against the walls of every power that exists the small trumpet of your defiance."
"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."
"Masculinity is not something given to you, but something you gain. And you gain it by winning small battles with honor."
"God like Us suffers the ambition to make a destiny more extraordinary than was conceived for Him, yes God is like Me, only more so."
"Revolutions are the periods of history when individuals count most."
"The Irish are the only men who know how to cry for the dirty polluted blood of all the world."
"I had a quick grasp of the secret to sanity, it had become the ability to hold the maximum of impossible combinations in one's mind."



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