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America
Engrave this Quote 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.
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-Norman Mailer
Engrave this Quote There is one expanding horror in American life. It is that our long odyssey toward liberty, democracy and freedom-for-all may be achieved in such a way that utopia remains forever closed, and we live in freedom and hell, debased of style, not individual from one another, void of courage, our fear rationalized away.
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Apathy
Engrave this Quote 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.
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Art
Engrave this Quote The final purpose of art is to intensify, even, if necessary, to exacerbate, the moral consciousness of people.
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Authors & Writing
Engrave this Quote 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.
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Engrave this Quote Writing books is the closest men ever come to childbearing.
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Change
Engrave this Quote 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.
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City Life, Cities
Engrave this Quote Three miles long and two streets wide, the town curls around the bay ... a gaudy run with Mediterranean splashes of color, crowded steep-pitched roofs, fishing piers and fishing boats whose stench of mackerel and gasoline is as aphrodisiac to the sensuous nose as the clean bar-whisky smell of a nightclub where call girls congregate.
Description of Provincetown, Massachusetts
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Class
Engrave this Quote Hip is the sophistication of the wise primitive in a giant jungle.
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Deception/Lying
Engrave this Quote 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.
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Democracy
Engrave this Quote 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.
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Desires
Engrave this Quote The desire for success lubricates secret prostitution's in the soul.
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Drugs
Engrave this Quote One's condition on marijuana is always existential. One can feel the importance of each moment and how it is changing one. One feels one's being, one becomes aware of the enormous apparatus of nothingness -- the hum of a hi-fi set, the emptiness of a pointless interruption, one becomes aware of the war between each of us, how the nothingness in each of us seeks to attack the being of others, how our being in turn is attacked by the nothingness in others.
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Growth
Engrave this Quote There was that law of life, so cruel and so just, that one must grow or else pay more for remaining the same.
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-Norman Mailer, The Deer Park
Heroes/Heroism
Engrave this Quote 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.
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Honor
Engrave this Quote Because there is very little honor left in American life, there is a certain built-in tendency to destroy masculinity in American men.
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Journalism
Engrave this Quote 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.
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Liberalism
Engrave this Quote Left-wingers are incapable of conspiring because they are all egomaniacs.
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Majority
Engrave this Quote There is no greater impotence in all the world like knowing you are right and that the wave of the world is wrong, yet the wave crashes upon you.
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-Norman Mailer, Armies of the Night
Men
Engrave this Quote Masculinity is not something given to you, but something you gain. And you gain it by winning small battles with honor.
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Minorities
Engrave this Quote 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.
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Modern, Modernism
Engrave this Quote The sickness of our times for me has been just this damn thing that everything has been getting smaller and smaller and less and less important, that the romantic spirit has dried up, that there is no shame today. We're all getting so mean and small and petty and ridiculous, and we all live under the threat of extermination.
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Motivational
Engrave this Quote I usually need a can of beer to prime me.
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News
Engrave this Quote Once a newspaper touches a story the facts are lost forever, even to the protagonists.
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Photography
Engrave this Quote Giving a camera to Diane Arbus is like putting a live grenade in the hands of a child.
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