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Norman Mailer quotes

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

Writing books is the closest men ever come to childbearing.

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

There was that law of life, so cruel and so just, that one must grow or else pay more for remaining the same.

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

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.

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

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

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

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.

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

I hate everything which is not in myself.

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

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

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