90 Total Quotes

Norman Mailer Quotes

Norman Mailer
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
#American Novelist

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.
Norman Mailer
#American Novelist #Law

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
#American Novelist #Television

Norman Mailer
It's not a good idea to put your wife into a novel; not your latest wife anyway.
Norman Mailer
#American Novelist

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
#American Novelist

Norman Mailer
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
#American Novelist #Cats

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

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
#American Novelist #Lawyer

Norman Mailer
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
#Drugs

Norman Mailer
Hip is the sophistication of the wise primitive in a giant jungle.
Norman Mailer
#American Novelist #Sophistication

Norman Mailer
Tough guys don't dance. You had better believe it.
Norman Mailer
#American Novelist #Believe

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

Norman Mailer
Growth, in some curious way, I suspect, depends on being always in motion just a little bit, one way or another.
Norman Mailer
#American Novelist #Growth

Norman Mailer
There is nothing safe about sex. There never will be.
Norman Mailer
#American Novelist #Sex

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
#American Novelist #Democracy

Norman Mailer
Culture's worth huge, huge risks. Without culture we're all totalitarian beasts.
Norman Mailer
#American Novelist #Culture

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
#Murder

Norman Mailer
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
#American Novelist #America