Norman Kingsley Mailer was an American novelist, essayist, journalist, actor, political activist, filmmaker and playwright. He is widely regarded as one of the pioneering exponents of ‘new journalism’. Mailer grew up in New York and enrolled at Harvard University in aeronautical engineering in 1939, before going on to serve the US Army. Mailer’s experiences in the Army was the inspiration behind ‘The Naked and The Dead’; his first novel. Two of his most famous works are ‘The Executioner’s Song’ and ‘Armies of the Night’; both of which went on to win ‘Pulitzer Prizes’, while the latter also won the ‘National Book Award’. Mailer was also one of the most influential essayists, journalists and political thinkers of his era and wrote plenty of essays that made him a formidable voice of the time. Some of his famous essays include ‘The White Negro’ and ‘On the Steps of The Pentagon’ among others. Some of the publications he wrote for included, ‘The Village Voice’, ‘Esquire and Harper’s’ magazine. His views and thoughts on many subjects became quite impactful. We bring to you a treasure trove of quotes that have been excerpted from his novels, books, essays and writings. Read on to explore a compilation of some of the best known quotes by Norman Mailer, covering various aspects of life. The quotes would surely leave a lasting impression on your mind and leave you inspired.
Great hope has no real footing unless one is willing to face into the doom that may also be on the way.
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.
Just as a fighter has to feel that he possesses the right to do physical damage to another man, so a writer has to be ready to take chances with his readers’ lives.
His decision had been made in the valley, and it lay as an iron warp in his mind. He could have turned back no more easily than he could have killed himself.
It takes all kinds to make a world.
The feeling of joy came up in me again the way the lyric of a song might remind a man on the edge of insanity that soon he will be insane again and there is a world there more interesting than his own.