“At best you affect the consciousness of your time, and so indirectly you affect the history of the time which succeeds you. Of course, you need patience. It takes a long time for sentiments to collect into an action and often they never do. Which is why I was once so ready to conceive of running for mayor of New York. I wanted to make actions rather than effect sentiments. But I’ve come to the middle-aged conclusion that I’m probably better as a writer than a man of action.”
Norman Mailer/Jimmy Breslin Mayoral campaign poster.

“At best you affect the consciousness of your time, and so indirectly you affect the history of the time which succeeds you. Of course, you need patience. It takes a long time for sentiments to collect into an action and often they never do. Which is why I was once so ready to conceive of running for mayor of New York. I wanted to make actions rather than effect sentiments. But I’ve come to the middle-aged conclusion that I’m probably better as a writer than a man of action.”

Norman Mailer/Jimmy Breslin Mayoral campaign poster.

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