Norman Mailer Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old Norman Mailer quotes, Norman Mailer sayings, and Norman Mailer proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

Any workout which does not involve a certain minimum of danger or responsibility does not improve the body - it just wears it out. Norman Mailer
Any workout which does not involve a certain minimum of danger or responsibility does not improve the body - it just wears it out. Norman Mailer
The highest prize in a world of men is the most beautiful woman available on your arm and living there in her heart loyal to you. Norman Mailer
Culture's worth huge, huge risks. Without culture we're all totalitarian beasts. Norman Mailer
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. Norman Mailer
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. Norman Mailer
Even an evil man can have principles he can be true to his own evil, which is not always so easy. Norman Mailer
Any workout which does not involve a certain minimum of danger or responsibility does not improve the body - it just wears it out. Norman Mailer
One's condition on marijuana is always existential. One can feel the importance of each moment and how it is changing. Norman Mailer
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
We are all so guilty at the way we have allowed the world around us to become more ugly and tasteless every year that we surrender to terror and steep ourselves in it. Norman Mailer
There are four stages in a marriage. First there's the affair, then the marriage, then children and finally the fourth stage, without which you cannot know a woman, the divorce. Norman Mailer
The function of socialism is to raise suffering to a higher level. Norman Mailer
There are four stages in a marriage. First there's the affair, then the marriage, then children and finally the fourth stage, without which you cannot know a woman, the divorce. Norman Mailer
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
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. Norman Mailer
Any war that requires the suspension of reason as a necessity for support is a bad war. Norman Mailer
Alimony is the curse of the writing class. Norman Mailer
There's that popular misconception of man as something between a brute and an angel. Actually man is in transit between brute and God. Norman Mailer
The Irish are the only men who know how to cry for the dirty polluted blood of all the world. Norman Mailer
Chicago was a town where nobody could forget how the money was made. It was picked up from floors still slippery with blood. Norman Mailer
Boredom slays more of existence than war. Norman Mailer
Harsh words live in the dungeon of the heart. Norman Mailer
Writing for a newspaper is like running a revolutionary war. You go to battle not when you are ready, but when action offers itself. Norman Mailer
Hip is the sophistication of the wise primitive in a giant jungle. Norman Mailer
To be married to a good woman is to live with tender surprise. Norman Mailer
Animal Farm the function of socialism is to raise suffering to a higher level. Norman Mailer
I was thinking that surgeons had to be the happiest people on earth. To cut people up and get paid for it-that's happiness, I told myself. Norman Mailer
Masculinity is not something given to you, but something you gain. And you gain it by winning small battles with honor. Norman Mailer
Animal Farm the function of socialism is to raise suffering to a higher level. Norman Mailer