Quotes of Norman Mailer

“ Once a newspaper touches a story, the facts are lost forever, even to the protagonists. ”

- Norman Mailer

“ One thing I've learned in all these years is not to make love when you really don't feel it; there's probably nothing worse you can do to yourself than that. ”

- Norman Mailer

“ Modesty is a lubricant for unpleasant intrusions. ”

- Norman Mailer

“ With the pride of the artist, you must blow against the walls of every power that exists the small trumpet of your defiance. ”

- Norman Mailer

“ Writing books is the closest men ever come to childbearing. ”

- Norman Mailer

“ It’s not the sentiments of men which make history but their actions. ”

- Norman Mailer

“ Masculinity is not something given to you, but something you gain. And you gain it by winning small battles with honor. ”

- Norman Mailer

“ Writer’s block is only a failure of the ego. ”

- Norman Mailer

“ Any war that requires the suspension of reason as a necessity for support is a bad war. ”

- Norman Mailer

“ Ultimately a hero is a man who would argue with the gods, and so awakens devils to contest his vision. The more a man can achieve, the more he may be certain that the devil will inhabit a part of his creation. ”

- Norman Mailer

“ The only faithfulness people have is to emotions they're trying to recapture ”

- Norman Mailer

“ Great hope has no real footing unless one is willing to face into the doom that may also be on the way. p.207 ”

- Norman Mailer

“ Writer’s block is only a failure of the ego. ”

- 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. ”

- Norman Mailer

“ The writer can grow as a person or he can shrink. ... His curiosity, his reaction to life must not diminish. The fatal thing is to shrink, to be interested in less, sympathetic to less, desiccating to the point where life itself loses its flavor, and one’s passion for human understanding changes to weariness and distaste. ”

- Norman Mailer

“ 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. ”

- Norman Mailer

“ We can never know for certain where our prayers are likely to go, nor from whom the answers will come. Just when we think we are at our nearest to God, we could be assisting the Devil. ”

- Norman Mailer

“ 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. ”

- Norman Mailer

“ He got a corporation mind. He don't believe in nature; he puts his trust and distrust in man. ”

- Norman Mailer

“ 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. ”

- Norman Mailer

“ I felt something shift to murder in me. I felt that I was an outlaw, a psychic outlaw, and I liked it. ”

- Norman Mailer

“ Giving a camera to Diane Arbus is like putting a live grenade in the hands of a child. ”

- Norman Mailer

“ 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. ”

- Norman Mailer

“ With the pride of the artist, you must blow against the walls of every power that exists the small trumpet of your defiance. ”

- Norman Mailer

“ 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. ”

- Norman Mailer

“ With the pride of the artist, you must blow against the walls of every power that exists the small trumpet of your defiance. ”

- Norman Mailer

“ 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. ”

- Norman Mailer

“ Even an evil man can have principles — he can be true to his own evil, which is not always so easy. ”

- Norman Mailer

“ As many people die from an excess of timidity as from bravery. ”

- Norman Mailer

“ I usually need a can of beer to prime me. ”

- Norman Mailer
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