Being a writer means being able to do the work on a bad day.
Norman Mailer
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Comfortless was my religion, anxiety of anxieties, for I believed God was not love, but courage. Love came only as a reward.
Norman Mailer, An American Dream
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I got a sense of the power of restraint from Hemingway, which is the smallest way to put it, because I got much more than that from him. I learned the power of simple language in English. He showed what a powerful instrument English is if you keep the language simple, if you don't use too many Latinate words. And from Faulkner I learned the exact opposite, that excess can be thrilling, that, "Don't hold yourself in. Don't rein yourself in. Go all the way. Go over the top. Overdo it." And between the two, it's almost as if you've now been given your parameters. This is the best of one extreme and this is the best of another. And somewhere between the two you may be able to find your style in time to come.
Norman Mailer, The Academy of Achievement Interview, June 12, 2004
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Repetition kills the Soul.
Norman Mailer, The Spooky Art
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But my feeling is that there's no such thing as nonfiction. Everything is fiction, because in the moment someone tries to relate an experience of what happened to them, it's gone. The reality that was felt at the moment is almost impossible to describe. It's one reason why there are writers, to come close to how it felt when it happened.
Norman Mailer, The Academy of Achievement Interview, June 12, 2004
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How costly is defeat when it is not soothed by great consciousness and how wasteful is the profit of victory when there is not the courage to employ it.
Norman Mailer, Advertisements for Myself
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I learned a great deal from writing classes. I don't sneer at them. . . . [W]hat is good is you get a wonderful sense of audience. . . . And it also chops down that terribly unstable vanity that young writers have, you know, where they think, "I'm a great writer," and at the same time they can't take a single criticism, and writing courses are good for that. They weather you. It's a little bit like a kid who wants to play varsity football but never tries out for the team. So you go to that writing class and you get toughened up a little.
Norman Mailer, interview The Academy of Achievement, June 12, 2004
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Violence is the last frontier in literature.
Norman Mailer, The Paris Review, 2007
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Decade after decade, artists came to paint the light of Provincetown, and comparisons were made to the lagoons of Venice and the marshes of Holland, but then the summer ended and most of the painters left, and the long dingy undergarment of the gray New England winter, gray as the spirit of my mood, came down to visit.
Norman Mailer, Tough Guys Don’t Dance
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The natural role of twentieth-century man is anxiety.
Norman Mailer, The Naked and the Dead
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