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Norman Mailer
January 31, 1923 - November 10, 2007
Nationality: American
Category: Novelist
Subcategory: American Novelist

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.


With the pride of the artist, you must blow against the walls of every power that exists the small trumpet of your defiance.


Writing books is the closest men ever come to childbearing.


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.


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.


I hate everything which is not in myself.


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


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


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


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.


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.


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.


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.


There is nothing safe about sex. There never will be.


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


In America few people will trust you unless you are irreverent.


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


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


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.


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


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