Norman Mailer Quotes

Norman Mailer Quotes: The essence of spirit ... was to choose the thing which did not better one's position but made it more perilous. That was why the world he knew was poor, for it insisted morality and caution were identical.
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Norman Mailer Quote: Indeed the early history of rocket design could be read as the simple desire to get the rocket to function long enough to give an opportunity to discover where the failure occurred. Most early debacles were so benighted that rocket engineers could have been forgiven for daubing the blood of a virgin goat on the orifice of the firing chamber.
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Quotes about Norman Mailer: While I'm working on a book, I rarely read anything more than The New York Times. Which may have the long-term effect of flattening my style.
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Quote about Norman Mailer: The natural role of twentieth-century man is anxiety.
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Norman Mailer Sayings: With the pride of the artist, you must blow against the walls of every power that exists the small trumpet of your defiance.
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Norman Mailer Saying: Is one human? Or merely alive? Like a blade of grass equal to all existance in the moment it is torn? Yes. If pain is fundament, then a blade of grass can know all there is.
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Sayings about Norman Mailer: Simple narcissism gives the power of beasts to politicians, professional wrestlers and female movie stars.
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Saying about Norman Mailer: It's not the sentiments of men which make history but their actions.
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Norman Mailer Quotes: Over the years, I've found one rule. It is the only one I give on those occasions when I talk about writing. A simple rule. If you tell yourself you are going to be at your desk tomorrow, you are by that declaration asking your unconscious to prepare the material. You are, in effect, contracting to pick up such valuables at a given time. Count on me, you are saying to a few forces below: I will be there to write.
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Norman Mailer Quote: Giving a camera to Diane Arbus is like putting a live grenade in the hands of a child.
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Quotes about Norman Mailer: I had the idea that there were two worlds. There was a real world as I called it, a world of wars and boxing clubs and children'shomes on back streets, and this real world was a world where orphans burned orphans.... I liked the other world in which almost everyone lived. The imaginary world.
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Quote about Norman Mailer: Alimony is the curse of the writing class.
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Norman Mailer Sayings: The greater the power of any subjective state, the more total is a Romantic's assumption that everyone understands exactly what he is about to do, therefore waste not a moment by stopping to tell them.
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Norman Mailer Saying: Short-term amnesia is not the worst affliction if you have an Irish flair for the sauce.
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Sayings about Norman Mailer: The Irish are the only men who know how to cry for the dirty polluted blood of all the world.
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Saying about Norman Mailer: I respect most boxers because they're violent people who learned to discipline themselves ... a good boxer is an artist ... Boxing is existential - some fights are better than others.
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Norman Mailer Quotes: The great power in America is the corporations - we're a corporate country. We're run by a CEO and the stockholders have very little to say on how the corporation is run. Fine, the board of directors run it and the stockholders can just be disgruntled, but who gives a damn?
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Norman Mailer Quote: You do not really wish to hear more of the Battle of Kadesh. Let me say only that human fat, gorged in considerable quantity, has an intoxicating effect. I became ... drunk.
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