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A list of the best Norman Mailer quotes. This list is arranged by which famous Norman Mailer quotes have received the most votes, so only the greatest Norman Mailer quotes are at the top of the list. All the most popular quotes from Norman Mailer should be listed here, but if any were missed you can add more at the end of the list. This list includes notable Norman Mailer quotes on various subjects, many of which are inspirational and thought provoking.

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America is a hurricane, and the only people who do not hear the sound are those fortunate if incredibly stupid and smug White Protestants who live in the center, in the serene eye of the big wind. Norman Mailer

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

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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. Norman Mailer

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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. Norman Mailer

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Left-wingers are incapable of conspiring because they are all egomaniacs. Norman Mailer

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I'm hostile to men, I'm hostile to women, I'm hostile to cats, to poor cockroaches, I'm afraid of horses. Norman Mailer

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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. Norman Mailer

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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

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Because there is very little honor left in American life, there is a certain built-in tendency to destroy masculinity in American men. Norman Mailer

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There is nothing safe about sex. There never will be. Norman Mailer

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In America few people will trust you unless you are irreverent. Norman Mailer

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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

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Hip is the sophistication of the wise primitive in a giant jungle. Norman Mailer

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One's condition on marijuana is always existential. One can feel the importance of each moment and how it is changing one. One feels one's being, one becomes aware of the enormous apparatus of nothingness -- the hum of a hi-fi set, the emptiness of a pointless interruption, one becomes aware of the war between each of us, how the nothingness in each of us seeks to attack the being of others, how our being in turn is attacked by the nothingness in others. Norman Mailer

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Writing books is the closest men ever come to childbearing. Norman Mailer

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The horror of the Twentieth Century was the size of each new event, and the paucity of its reverberation. Norman Mailer

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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

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I think it's bad to talk about one's present work, for it spoils something at the root of the creative act. It discharges the tension. Norman Mailer

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I usually need a can of beer to prime me. Norman Mailer

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Every moment of one's existence one is growing into more or retreating into less. One is always living a little more or dying a little bit. Norman Mailer

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The desire for success lubricates secret prostitution's in the soul. Norman Mailer

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The sickness of our times for me has been just this damn thing that everything has been getting smaller and smaller and less and less important, that the romantic spirit has dried up, that there is no shame today. We're all getting so mean and small and petty and ridiculous, and we all live under the threat of extermination. Norman Mailer

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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

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Once a newspaper touches a story the facts are lost forever, even to the protagonists. Norman Mailer

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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

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

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There's a subterranean impetus towards pornography so powerful that half the business world is juiced by the sort of half sex that one finds in advertisements. Norman Mailer

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The final purpose of art is to intensify, even, if necessary, to exacerbate, the moral consciousness of people. Norman Mailer