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With the pride of the artist, you must blow against
by Norman Mailer

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

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

The natural role of twentieth-century man is anxiety.
- 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

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

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I'm hostile to men, I'm hostile to women,
I'm hostile to cats, to poor cockroaches,
I'm afraid of horses.
- 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

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

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

In America few people will trust you unless you are irreverent.
- Norman Mailer

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.
- Norman Mailer

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

There is nothing safe about sex.
There never will be.
- Norman Mailer

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

Because there is very little honor left in American life,
there is a certain built-in tendency to destroy masculinity in American men.
- Norman Mailer

Writing books is the closest men ever come to childbearing.
- Norman Mailer

Sentimentality is the emotional promiscuity of those who have no sentiment.
- Norman Mailer

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

Giving a camera to Diane Arbus is like putting a live
grenade in the hands of a child.
- Norman Mailer

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.
- Norman Mailer

It's not the sentiments of men which make history but their actions.
- Norman Mailer

Revolutions are the periods of history when individuals count most.
- Norman Mailer

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.
- Norman Mailer

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

The horror of the Twentieth Century was the size of each new event,
and the paucity of its reverberation.
- 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

Masculinity is not something given to you,
but something you gain.
And you gain it by winning small battles with honor.
- Norman Mailer

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

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

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

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.
- Norman Mailer

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

I hate everything which is not in myself.
- Norman Mailer

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

Alimony is the curse of the writing class.
- Norman Mailer

God like Us suffers the ambition to make a destiny
more extraordinary than was conceived for Him,
yes God is like Me, only more so.
- Norman Mailer

Growth, in some curious way, I suspect,
depends on being always in motion just a little bit,
one way or another.
- Norman Mailer

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.
- Norman Mailer

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.
- 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

Each day a few more lies eat into the seed with which we are born,
little institutional lies from the print of newspapers,
the shock waves of television, and the sentimental
cheats of the movie screen.
- Norman Mailer

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

Stand Tall, Stand Proud.
Know that you are unique and magnificent.
You do not need the approval of others.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I Dream This Day of Wondrous Things,
of Peace and Hope and Pride.
I Dance My Dance with Life Today,
I'm Filled with Love Inside.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

"Pride" is such a double-edged sword -
Self-Worth on one edge and Ego on the other.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Pride comes in two flavors -
be careful which you choose -
choose honor, not ego.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Pride comes in two flavors -
choose honor, not ego.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Real excellence and humility are
not incompatible one with the other,
on the contrary they are twin sisters.
- Jean Baptiste Lacordaire

Through pride we are ever deceiving ourselves.
But deep down below the surface of the average conscience
a still, small voice says to us, something is out of tune.
- Carl Jung

A man's pride shall bring him low,
but honor shall uphold the humble in spirit.
- Proverbs 29:23

We take refuge in pride,
because we are afraid to tell the truth to ourselves.
- Kakuzo Okakura

"Pride" is one of those really crazy words,
and such a double-edged sword -
Self-Worth on one edge, and Ego on the other.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

All money means to me is a pride in accomplishment.
- Ray Kroc

Those who desire to rise as high as our human condition allows,
must renounce intellectual pride, the omnipotence of clear thinking,
belief in the absolute power of logic.
- Alexis Carrel

Pride is still aiming at the best houses:
Men would be angels,
angels would be gods.
Aspiring to be gods, if angels fell;
aspiring to be angels men rebel.
- Alexander Pope

Pride, envy, avarice - these are the sparks have set
on fire the hearts of all men.
- Dante Alighieri

I think it's great that they are getting funding,
but it's just too easy.
They don't have to work for it.
We did it because we had pride, because we loved it.
- Linford Christie

I perceive two things in Scotland of the most fearful omen:
ignorance of theological truth,
and a readiness to pride themselves in and boast of it.
- Edward Irving

When you look at a city, it's like reading the hopes,
aspirations and pride of everyone who built it.
- Hugh Newell Jacobsen

I hear the singing of the lives of women.
They clear mystery, the offering, and pride.
- Muriel Rukeyser

There is nothing false or arrogant about German pride
in German technical and business skills.
- Douglas Hurd

Stress is a designer ailment that many of the so-called
afflicted suffer from with pride.
- Janet Street-Porter

I love what I do.
I take great pride in what I do.
And I can't do something halfway, three-quarters,
nine-tenths.
If I'm going to do something, I go all the way.
- Tom Cruise

If you can once engage people's pride,
love, pity, ambition on your side, you need not fear
what their reason can do against you.
- Lord Chesterfield

Pride makes us artificial and humility makes us real.
- Thomas Merton

Fame is the inheritance not of the dead,
but of the living.
It is we who look back with lofty pride to the great names of antiquity.
- William Hazlitt

Pride is pleasure arising from a man's thinking too highly of himself.
- Baruch Spinoza

Rap's conscious response to the poverty and oppression of U.S.
blacks is like some hideous parody of sixties black pride.
- David Foster Wallace

There is a pride in speaking this language.
- Bernard Pivot


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