I think we’re going to the moon because it’s in the nature of the human being to face challenges. It’s by the nature of his deep inner soul…
Thames Cable Car, North Greenwich, Greenwich, SE10
We’re required to do these things just as salmon swim upstream.
Neil Armstrong at Apollo mission press conference, quoted in Of a Fire on the Moon (1970) by Norman Mailer
One discovers how far one can go…
Archway Tower, Archway, Islington, N19
…only by traveling in a straight line until one is stopped.
From Norman Mailer’s The Presidential Papers (1963)
Thirty minutes go by like three hours.
James Gillray's Daniel Mendoza, Bethnal Green, E2
Let us undertake the chance, then, that our description of the fight may be longer to read than the fight itself. We can assure ourselves: It was even longer for the fighters.
From Norman Mailer’s The Fight (1975)