Norman Mailer

United States writer (born in 1923)

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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.
Every moment of one's existence one is growing into more or retreating into less.
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.
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.
I usually need a can of beer to prime me.
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.
In America few people will trust you unless you are irreverent.
Once a newspaper touches a story, the facts are lost forever, even to the protagonists.
One thing I've learned in all these years is not to make love when you really don't feel it there's probably nothing worse you can do to yourself than that.
People move forward into the future out of the way they comprehend the past. When we don't understand something in our past, we are therefore crippled.
Sentimentality is the emotional promiscuity of those who have no sentiment.
The final purpose of art is to intensify, even, if necessary, to exacerbate, the moral consciousness of people.
The function of socialism is to raise suffering to a higher level.
The horror of the Twentieth Century was the size of each new event, and the paucity of its reverberation.
There was that law of life, so cruel and so just, that one must grow or else pay more for remaining the same.
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.
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.
Writing books is the closest men ever come to childbearing.

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