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Norman Mailer Quotes

Let these quotes by Norman Mailer help you to have a positive attitude toward life, and to think positively.

There are four stages in a marriage.
First there's the affair,
then the marriage,
then children
and finally the fourth stage,
without which you cannot know a woman, the divorce.
- Norman Mailer

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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.
- Norman Mailer

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

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

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The highest prize in a world of men is the most beautiful
woman available on your arm and living there in her heart loyal to you.
- Norman Mailer

I don't think life is absurd.
I think we are all here for a huge purpose.
I think we shrink from the immensity of the purpose we are here for.
- Norman Mailer

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

 

It's not the sentiments of men which make history but their actions.
- Norman Mailer

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

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

Tough guys don't dance.
You had better believe it.
- Norman Mailer

When I read it, I don't wince, which is all I ever ask for a book I write.
- Norman Mailer

Sentimentality is the emotional promiscuity of those who have no sentiment.
- 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

Revolutions are the periods of history when individuals count most.
- Norman Mailer

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

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

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

The Irish are the only men who know how to cry for
the dirty polluted blood of all the world.
- 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

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

The natural role of twentieth-century man is anxiety.
- Norman Mailer

Alimony is the curse of the writing class.
- Norman Mailer

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

Growth, in some curious way, I suspect,
depends on being always in motion just a little bit,
one way or another.
- 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

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

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

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

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.
- Norman Mailer

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

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

I hate everything which is not in myself.
- Norman Mailer

The function of socialism is to raise suffering to a higher level.
- Norman Mailer

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

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.
- 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

It's not a good idea to put your wife into a novel;
not your latest wife anyway.
- 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

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

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

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

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

The Four Agreements
1.Be impeccable with your word.
2.Don't take anything personally.
3.Don't make assumptions.
4.Always do your best.
- don Miguel Ruiz

I have a dream that my four little children will one day
live in a nation where they will
not be judged by the color of their skin,
but by the content of their character.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

The secret of making dreams come true
can be summarized in four C's.
They are Curiosity, Confidence, Courage, and Constancy;
and the greatest of these is Confidence.
- Walt Disney

There are only four questions of value in life...
What is sacred?
Of what is the spirit made?
What is worth living for,
and what is worth dying for?
The answer to each is the same: only love.
- Johnny Depp as Don Juan in the movie Don Juan De Marco

A best friend is like a four leaf clover,
hard to find and lucky to have.
- Anonymous

Give me six hours to chop down a tree
and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.
- Abraham Lincoln

When a man you like switches from what
he said a year ago, or four years ago,
he is a broad-minded person who has courage enough
to change his mind with changing conditions.
When a man you don't like does it,
he is a liar who has broken his promise.
- Franklin Pierce Adams

Every human has four endowments- self awareness, conscience,
independent will and creative imagination.
These give us the ultimate human freedom...
The power to choose, to respond, to change.
- Stephen Covey

How many legs does a dog have
if you call the tail a leg? Four.
Calling a tail a leg doesn't make it a leg.
- Abraham Lincoln

There are three hundred and sixty-four days
when you might get un-birthday presents,
and only one for birthday presents, you know.
- Lewis Carroll

I used to be hung up on my figure, but it's a waste of time.
I don't believe in diets.
Have four pints one night, be healthy the next.
- Sophie Ellis Bextor

The four most important words in any marriage...
"I'll do the dishes."
- Anonymous

You better cut the pizza in four pieces because I'm
not hungry enough to eat six.
- Yogi Berra

Clear? Huh. Why a four-year-old child
could understand this report.
Run out and find me a four-year-old child,
I can't make head or tail of it.
- the Groucho Marx movie Duck Soup

Day, n. A period of twenty-four hours, mostly misspent.
- Ambrose Bierce

One good reason to only maintain a small circle of friends
is that three out of four murders
are committed by people who know the victim.
- George Carlin

The four building blocks of the universe are fire,
water, gravel and vinyl.
- Dave Barry

It has been well said that a hungry man is more interested
in four sandwiches than four freedoms.
- Henry Cabot Lodge, Jr.

I've got all the money I'll ever need,
if I die by four o'clock.
- Henny Youngman

A honeymoon should be like a table:
four bare legs and no drawers.
- Anonymous

My doctor told me to stop having intimate dinners for four.
Unless there are three other people.
- Orson Welles

Home is any four walls that enclose the right person.
- Helen Rowland

Food, love, career, and mothers, the four major guilt groups.
- Cathy Guisewite

I learned in my four decades in Washington that one
person can make a difference.
- Liz Carpenter

If something is boring after two minutes,
try it for four.
If still boring, then eight.
Then sixteen.
Then thirty-two.
Eventually one discovers that it is not boring at all.
- John Cage

Barbarism is needed every four or five hundred years
to bring the world back to life.
Otherwise it would die of civilization.
- Edmond de Goncourt

For a while I was suicidal and I tried to kill myself.
I think I should have died about four times.
- Jack Osbourne


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