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By Anonym 14 Sep

Norman Mailer

Reagan bankrupted the Soviet Union by increasing armaments.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Norman Mailer

Existentialism is the kind of philosophy that makes for legendary children.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Norman Mailer

The world's not what I want it to be. But then no one ever said I had the right to design the world.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Norman Mailer

Goldstein, you'd be a pretty good boy if you wasn't so chicken.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Norman Mailer

The war between being and nothingness is the underlying illness of the twentieth century. Boredom slays more of existence than war.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Norman Mailer

People who live under fascism are not only miserable but they're full of shame. You just don't go in and inject democracy into them. They're half crazy with their own.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Norman Mailer

We sail across dominions barely seen, washed by the swells of time. We plow through fields of magnetism. Past and future come together on thunderheads and our dead hearts live with lightning in the wounds of the Gods.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Norman Mailer

The ultimate tendency of liberalism is vegetarianism.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Norman Mailer

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

By Anonym 13 Sep

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.

By Anonym 19 Sep

Norman Mailer

There's an old Talmudic belief that you build a fence around an impulse. If that's not good enough, you build a fence around the fence.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Norman Mailer

A nation fights well in proportion to the amount of men and materials it has. And the other equation is that the individual soldier in that army is a more effective soldier the poorer his standard of living has been in the past.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Norman Mailer

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.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Norman Mailer

Movies are more likely than literature to reach deep feelings in people.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Norman Mailer

The natural role of twentieth-century man is anxiety.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Norman Mailer

Crude thoughts and fierce forces are my state. I do not know who I am. Nor what I was. I cannot hear a sound. Pain is near that will be like no pain felt before.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Norman Mailer

America has an almost obscene infatuation with itself. Has there ever been a big, powerful country that is as patriotic as America? And patriotic in the tinniest way, with so much flag waving? You'd really think we were some poor little republic, and that if one person lost his religion for one hour, the whole thing would crumble. America is the real religion in this country.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Norman Mailer

When the wind carries a cry which is meaningful to human ears, it is simpler to believe the wind shares with us some part of the emotion of Being than that the mysteries of a hurricane's rising murmur reduce to no more than the random collision of insensate molecules.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Norman Mailer

At bottom, I mean profoundly at bottom, the FBI has nothing to do with Communism, it has nothing to do with catching criminals, it has nothing to do with the Mafia, the syndicate, it has nothing to do with trust-busting, it has nothing to do with interstate commerce, it has nothing to do with anything but serving as a church for the mediocre. A high church for the true mediocre.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Norman Mailer

Insanity consists of building major structures upon foundations which do not exist.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Norman Mailer

Three miles long and two streets wide, the town curls around the bay ... a gaudy run with Mediterranean splashes of color, crowded steep-pitched roofs, fishing piers and fishing boats whose stench of mackerel and gasoline is as aphrodisiac to the sensuous nose as the clean bar-whisky smell of a nightclub where call girls congregate.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Norman Mailer

So you come soon to power, but you have merely inherited the crisis and yours is the profit of cancer.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Norman Mailer

When I read it ["Tough Guys Don't Dance"], I don't wince, which is all I ever ask for a book I write.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Norman Mailer

Sex is not only a divine and beautiful activity; it's a murderous activity. People kill each other in bed. Some of the greatest crimes ever committed were committed in bed. And no weapons were used.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Norman Mailer

It's very bad to write a novel by act of will. I can do a book of nonfiction work that way - just sign the contract and do the book because, provided the topic has some meaning for me, I know I can do it. But a novel is different. A novel is more like falling in love. You don't say, 'I'm going to fall in love next Tuesday, I'm going to begin my novel.' The novel has to come to you. It has to feel just like love.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Norman Mailer

Love is simple to understand if you haven't got a mind soft and full of holes. It's a crutch, that's all, and there isn't any one of us that doesn't need a crutch.

By Anonym 17 Sep

Norman Mailer

Let every writer tell his own lies That's freedom of the press.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Norman Mailer

And so I ask, "Would You agree that sex is where philosophy begins?" But God, who is the oldest of the philosophers, answers in his weary cryptic way, "Rather think of Sex as Time, and Time as the connection of new circuits.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Norman Mailer

Los Angeles is a constellation of plastic.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Norman Mailer

I hate everything which is not in myself.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Norman Mailer

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

By Anonym 13 Sep

Norman Mailer

Faction is that hybrid of documented fact and novelistic elaboration.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Norman Mailer

To make an Army work you have to have every man in it fitted into a fear ladder... The Army functions best when you're frightened of the man above you, and contemptuous of your subordinates.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Norman Mailer

Women think of being a man as a gift. It is a duty. Even making love can be a duty. A man has always got to get it up, and love isn't always enough.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Norman Mailer

In such places as Greenwich Village, a menage-a-trois was completed- the bohemian and the juvenile delinquent came face-to-face with the Negro, and the hipster was a fact in American life.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Norman Mailer

Amateurs... venture into scenes that a writer with more experience (and more professional concern) would bypass or eschew altogether.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Norman Mailer

Short-term amnesia is not the worst affliction if you have an Irish flair for the sauce.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Norman Mailer

Every time I move I squash something said Loathesome.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Norman Mailer

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

By Anonym 13 Sep

Norman Mailer

A high church for the true mediocre.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Norman Mailer

To blame the poor for subsisting on welfare has no justice unless we are also willing to judge every rich member of society by how productive he or she is. Taken individual by individual, it is likely that there's more idleness and abuse of government favors among the economically privileged than among the ranks of the disadvantaged.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Norman Mailer

You never do find out what makes you tick, and after a while it's unimportant.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Norman Mailer

Dying can't be all that difficult-up to now everyone has managed to do it.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Norman Mailer

How his hatred seethed in search of a justifiable excuse.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Norman Mailer

You can indulge your righteous rage but the things it comes out of are pretty cheap. The trick is to make yourself an instrument of your own policy. Whether you like it or not, that's the highest effectiveness man has achieved.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Norman Mailer

Writing can wreck your body. You sit there on the chair hour after hour and sweat your guts out to get a few words.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Norman Mailer

You can't be a serious writer of fiction unless you believe the story you are telling.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Norman Mailer

I must purchase this eunuch from You," she said to Ptah-nem-hotep, Who smiled agreeably. "Are they not delightful?" He asked, and looked at the dark bodies of these five slaves with the same love I had seen my great-grandfather give to a team of matched horses or twin bulls, and indeed, since the slave wore nothing, one could see not only their plump and muscular haunches, but the shiny stump where their testicles had been and this gave them a nice resemblance to geldings.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Norman Mailer

About a week after they had come back, a load of mail came to the island. They were the first letters the men had received in several weeks, and for a night it relieved the changeless pattern of their lives. One of the infrequent rations of beer was given out the same night, and the men finished their three cans quickly, and sat about without saying very much. The beer had been far too inadequate to make them drunk; it made them only moody and reflective, it opened the gate to all their memories, and left them sad, hungering for things they could not name.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Norman Mailer

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