Norman Mailer

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

Norman Mailer Quotes

  • ''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.''
    Norman Mailer (b. 1923), U.S. author. "Advertisement for 'Games and Ends'," pt. 5, Advertisements for Myself (1959).
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  • ''There is probably no sensitive heterosexual alive who is not preoccupied with his latent homosexuality.''
    Norman Mailer (b. 1923), U.S. author. Advertisements for Myself, "The Homosexual Villain," (1959).
  • ''Hip is the sophistication of the wise primitive in a giant jungle.''
    Norman Mailer (b. 1923), U.S. author. First published in Dissent (summer 1957). Advertisements for Myself, sct. 3, "The White Negro" (1959).
  • ''The horror of the Twentieth Century was the size of each new event, and the paucity of its reverberation.''
    Norman Mailer (b. 1923), U.S. author. A Fire on the Moon, pt. 1, ch. 1 (1970).
  • ''The horror of the Twentieth Century was the size of each new event, and the paucity of its reverberation.''
    Norman Mailer (b. 1923), U.S. author. A Fire on the Moon, pt. 1, ch. 1 (1970).
  • ''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.''
    Norman Mailer (b. 1923), U.S. author. Interview with Divina Infusino. American Way (June 15, 1995).
  • ''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.''
    Norman Mailer (b. 1923), U.S. author. American Way (June 15, 1995). Interview with Divina Infusino.
  • ''What characterizes a member of a minority group is that he is forced to see himself as both exceptional and insignificant, marvelous and awful, good and evil.''
    Norman Mailer (b. 1923), U.S. author. "A Speech at Berkeley on Vietnam Day," Cannibals and Christians (1966).
  • ''Sentimentality is the emotional promiscuity of those who have no sentiment.''
    Norman Mailer (b. 1923), U.S. author. Cannibals and Christians, "My Hope for America," (1966). Review of book by Lyndon B. Johnson.
  • ''Masculinity is not something given to you, but something you gain. And you gain it by winning small battles with honor.''
    Norman Mailer (b. 1923), U.S. author. First published in Playboy (1961-1962). Cannibals and Christians, "Petty Notes on Some Sex in America," (1966).

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