Norman Mailer

((1923-2007) / Long Branch, New Jersey, United States)

Norman Mailer Quotes

  • ''Somerset Maugham ... wrote somewhere that "Nobody is any better than he ought to be."... I carried it along with me as a working philosophy, but I suppose that finally I would have to take exception to the thought ... or else the universe is just an elaborate clock.''
    Norman Mailer (b. 1923), U.S. author. Sergius O'Shaugnessy, in The Deer Park, ch. 10, Putnam's (1955).
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  • ''I had my good looks, my blond hair, my height, build, and bullfighting school, I suppose I became one of the Village equivalents of an Eagle Scout badge for the girls. I was one of the credits needed for a diploma in the sexual humanities.''
    Norman Mailer (b. 1923), U.S. author. Sergius O'Shaugnessy, in "The Time of Her Time," Advertisements for Myself, p. 485, Putnam's (1959).
  • ''I hate everything which is not in myself.''
    Norman Mailer (b. 1923), U.S. author. Sgt. Sam Croft, in The Naked and the Dead, pt. 1, ch. 5, Rinehart (1948).
  • ''Murder offers the promise of vast relief. It is never unsexual.''
    Norman Mailer (b. 1923), U.S. author. Stephen Rojack, in An American Dream, ch. 1, Dial (1965).
  • ''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.''
    Norman Mailer (b. 1923), U.S. author. Stephen Rojack, in An American Dream, ch. 5, Dial (1965).
  • ''Love was love, one could find it with anyone, one could find it anywhere. It was just that you could never keep it. Not unless you were ready to die for it.''
    Norman Mailer (b. 1923), U.S. author. Stephen Rojack, in An American Dream, ch. 6, Dial (1965).
  • ''Madness is locked beneath. It goes into tissues, is swallowed by the cells. The cells go mad. Cancer is their flag. Cancer is the growth of madness denied.''
    Norman Mailer (b. 1923), U.S. author. Stephen Rojack, in An American Dream, ch. 8, Dial (1965).
  • ''Comfortless was my religion, anxiety of the anxieties, for I believed God was not love, but courage. Love came only as a reward.''
    Norman Mailer (b. 1923), U.S. author. Stephen Rojack, in An American Dream, ch. 7, "Dial" (1965).
  • ''I met Jack Kennedy in November, 1946.... We went out on a double date and it turned out to be a fair evening for me. I seduced a girl who would have been bored by a diamond as big as the Ritz.''
    Norman Mailer (b. 1923), U.S. author. Stephen Rojack, in An American Dream, ch. 1, Dial (1965).
  • ''I was now at a university in New York, a professor of existential psychology with the not inconsiderable thesis that magic, dread, and the perception of death were the roots of motivation.''
    Norman Mailer (b. 1923), U.S. author. Stephen Rojack, in An American Dream, ch. 1, Dial (1965).

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