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Gore Vidal Quotes

Please enjoy these encouraging quotes by Gore Vidal.

I'm all for bringing back the birch,
but only between consenting adults.
- Gore Vidal

A narcissist is someone better looking than you are.
- Gore Vidal

A good deed never goes unpunished.
- Gore Vidal

That loyal retainer of the Chase Manhattan Bank,
the American president.
- Gore Vidal

 

The genius of our ruling class is that it has kept
a majority of the people from ever questioning the
inequity of a system where most people drudge along,
paying heavy taxes for which they get nothing in return.
- Gore Vidal

The more money an American accumulates,
the less interesting he becomes.
- Gore Vidal

Any American who is prepared to run for president should automatically,
by definition, be disqualified from ever doing so.
- Gore Vidal

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There's a lot to be said for being nouveau riche,
and the Reagans mean to say it all.
- Gore Vidal

What other culture could have produced someone like
Hemmingway and not seen the joke?
- Gore Vidal

Half of the American people have never read a newspaper.
Half never voted for President.
One hopes it is the same half.
- Gore Vidal

Whenever a friend succeeds, a little something in me dies.
- Gore Vidal

Style is knowing who you are, what you want to say,
and not giving a damn.
- Gore Vidal

There is something about a bureaucrat that does not like a poem.
- Gore Vidal

Some writers take to drink, others take to audiences.
- Gore Vidal

All in all, I would not have missed this century for the world.
- Gore Vidal

Litigation takes the place of sex at middle age.
- Gore Vidal

In writing and politicking, it's best not to think about it,
just do it.
- Gore Vidal

I never miss a chance to have sex or appear on television.
- Gore Vidal

The four most beautiful words in our common language:
I told you so.
- Gore Vidal

Our form of democracy is bribery, on the highest scale.
- Gore Vidal

We're not a democracy.
- Gore Vidal

Apparently, a democracy is a place where numerous elections
are held at great cost without issues and with interchangeable candidates.
- Gore Vidal

It is not enough to succeed.
Others must fail.
- Gore Vidal

Andy Warhol is the only genius I've ever known with an I.Q.
of 60.
- Gore Vidal

By the time a man gets to be presidential material,
he's been bought ten times over.
- Gore Vidal

Never have children, only grandchildren.
- Gore Vidal

Every time a friend succeeds, I die a little.
- Gore Vidal

Write something, even if it's just a suicide note.
- Gore Vidal

The greatest pleasure when I started making money was
not buying cars or yachts but finding myself able to
have as many freshly typed drafts as possible.
- Gore Vidal

Think of the earth as a living organism that is being
attacked by billions of bacteria whose numbers double every forty years.
Either the host dies, or the virus dies,
or both die.
- Gore Vidal

Now you have people in Washington who have no interest in the country at all.
They're interested in their companies,
their corporations grabbing Caspian oil.
- Gore Vidal

Writing fiction has become a priestly business in countries
that have lost their faith.
- Gore Vidal

We must declare ourselves, become known;
allow the world to discover this subterranean life
of ours which connects kings and farm boys,
artists and clerks.
Let them see that the important thing is not the object of love,
but the emotion itself.
- Gore Vidal

The corporate grip on opinion in the United States
is one of the wonders of the Western world.
No First World country has ever managed to eliminate
so entirely from its media all objectivity -
much less dissent.
- Gore Vidal

Democracy is supposed to give you the feeling of choice,
like Painkiller X and Painkiller Y. But they're both just aspirin.
- Gore Vidal

That is sad until one recalls how many bad books the
world may yet be spared because of the busyness of writers.
- Gore Vidal

As the age of television progresses the Reagans will be the rule,
not the exception.
To be perfect for television is all a President has to be these days.
- Gore Vidal

Sex is.
There is nothing more to be done about it.
Sex builds no roads, writes no novels and sex certainly
gives no meaning to anything in life but itself.
- Gore Vidal

On 16 September 1985, when the Commerce Department
announced that the United States had become a debtor nation,
the American Empire died.
- Gore Vidal

To a man, ornithologists are tall, slender,
and bearded so that they can stand motionless for hours,
imitating kindly trees, as they watch for birds.
- Gore Vidal

Today's public figures can no longer write their own speeches or books,
and there is some evidence that they can't read them either.
- Gore Vidal

The behaviour of President Bush on 11 September certainly
gives rise to not unnatural suspicions.
- Gore Vidal

Television is now so desperately hungry for material
that they're scraping the top of the barrel.
- Gore Vidal

The theater needs continual reminders that there is
nothing more debasing than the work of those who do
well what is not worth doing at all.
- Gore Vidal

Fifty percent of people won't vote, and fifty percent don't read newspapers.
I hope it's the same fifty percent.
- Gore Vidal

There is no such thing as a homosexual or a heterosexual person.
There are only homo- or heterosexual acts.
Most people are a mixture of impulses if not practices.
- Gore Vidal

Many writers who choose to be active in the world lose not virtue but time,
and that stillness without which literature cannot be made.
- Gore Vidal

What is in question is a kind of book reviewing which
seems to be more and more popular:
the loose putting down of opinions as though they were facts,
and the treating of facts as though they were opinions.
- Gore Vidal

One is sorry one could not have taken both branches of the road.
But we were not allotted multiple selves.
- Gore Vidal

In America, the race goes to the loud,
the solemn, the hustler.
If you think you're a great writer, you must say that you are.
- Gore Vidal

There is no human problem which could not be solved
if people would simply do as I advise.
- Gore Vidal

Until the rise of American advertising,
it never occurred to anyone anywhere in the world that
the teenager was a captive in a hostile world of adults.
- Gore Vidal

All children alarm their parents, if only because you
are forever expecting to encounter yourself.
- Gore Vidal

As societies grow decadent, the language grows decadent,
too.
Words are used to disguise, not to illuminate,
action: you liberate a city by destroying it.
Words are to confuse, so that at election time people
will solemnly vote against their own interests.
- Gore Vidal

It is the spirit of the age to believe that any fact,
no matter how suspect, is superior to any imaginative exercise,
no matter how true.
- Gore Vidal

Bringing a childlike wonder
and a beginner's mind to life
maximizes both success and joy.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Stop! Breathe deeply.
Begin bringing peace to the outer world
by regaining your own inner peace.
Choose love, choose gratitude,
choose forgiveness, choose peace.
Begin with your own inner peace.
Then use that inner peace
as a platform from which
to approach the outer world
with perspective, understanding, and patience.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I don't believe in the after life,
although I am bringing a change of underwear.
- Woody Allen

USE this time of fresh beginnings.
Use it as an impetus, the force or energy toward change.
Become stronger, a better leader, more focused in your thoughts.
Exert more influence over your dreams
by bringing them closer to your thoughts, every day.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

We peruse one ideal, that of bringing people together in peace,
irrespective of race, religion and political convictions,
for the benefit of mankind.
- Juan Antonio Samaranch

We know that social exclusion is closely tied to the
new economic world order,
globalized, with free and open markets,
which isn't bringing prosperity or social justice to all.
- Claudio Hummes

If was, increased by a lack of railways in Russia -
for bringing up supplies to our advancing troops.
- Gerd von Rundstedt

After Madrid, we intensified our investigative efforts once again,
and we are in the process of bringing about expansions
in security laws and creating an index file system.
- Otto Schily

We usually say of ancient persons, that they have already one foot in the grave,
and the rest of their life is nothing else but the
bringing of these feet together.
- John Pearson

To passively get up and play a bunch of old songs wouldn't
have really motivated us.
So we are bringing the new material into the set and
it goes down really well.
- Andy Taylor

Like a midwife, I make my living bringing new babies into the world,
except that mine are new advertising campaigns.
- David Ogilvy

When we can lay down our fear and anger and choose
responses other than aggression,
we create the conditions for bringing out the best in us humans.
- Margaret J. Wheatley

President Bush in his inaugural address talked about
bringing freedom to countries that don't have it.
He didn't specify how.
- Barbara Boxer

The idea of bringing young people up to Literature
is doubtless calculated to raise the eyebrows almost
as much as the suggestion of bringing them up to the Stage.
- James Payn

Justice turns the scale, bringing to some learning through suffering.
- Aeschylus

And part of that is, what is the point of having children
if you don't have the privilege of bringing them up?
- Bob Geldof


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