Norman Mailer Quotes

The function of socialism is to raise suffering to a higher level.

Once a newspaper touches a story, the facts are lost forever, even to the protagonists.

Short-term amnesia is not the worst affliction if you have an Irish flair for the sauce.

I decided the only explanation is that God and the Devil are very attentive to people at the summit. I don’t know if they stir much in the average man’s daily stew… but do you expect God or the Devil left Lenin and Hitler and Churchill alone? No. They bid for favors and exact revenge. […]

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.

You never really know a woman until you meet her in court.

The war between being and nothingness is the underlying illness of the twentieth century. Boredom slays more of existence than war.

He bears an unmistakable resemblance to a cornered rat.

The natural role of twentieth-century man is anxiety.

America has an almost obscene infatuation with itself. Has there ever been a big, powerful country that is as patriotic as America? And patriotic in the tinniest way, with so much flag waving? You’d really think we were some poor little republic, and that if one person lost his religion for one hour, the whole […]