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Norman Mailer Quotes

(1923), American Author

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.

Category: America

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

Category: Arts And Artists

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.

Category: Change

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.

Category: Complacency

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.

Category: Democracy

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

Category: Desire

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.

Category: Drugs

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.

Category: Heroes And Heroism

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

Category: Honor

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

Category: Insecurity

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

Category: Irreverence

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.

Category: Journalism And Journalists

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

Category: Liberals

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.

Category: Lies And Lying

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

Category: Men