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Gore Vidal quotes: There are certain truths so true that they are practically unbelievable. There are certain truths so true that they are practically unbelievable.
Gore Vidal quotes: Andy Warhol is the only genius I've ever known with an IQ of 60. Andy Warhol is the only genius I've ever known with an IQ of 60.
Gore Vidal quotes: Americans worship the Constitution but do not observe it. Americans worship the Constitution but do not observe it.
Gore Vidal quotes: Christianity is such a silly religion. Christianity is such a silly religion.
Gore Vidal quotes: I look into my own black heart. I look into my own black heart.
Gore Vidal quotes: Who gives a damn about being remembered? That's really for amateurs. Who gives a damn about being remembered? That's really for amateurs.
Gore Vidal quotes: Eventually all things are known. And few matter. Eventually all things are known. And few matter.
Gore Vidal quotes: Like the rest of us, Constantius was many men in the body of one. Like the rest of us, Constantius was many men in the body of one.
Gore Vidal quotes: It is not enough merely to win; others must lose. It is not enough merely to win; others must lose.
Gore Vidal quotes: It never occurred to any Enlightenment figure in the eighteenth century that law was not preferable to man. It never occurred to any Enlightenment figure in the eighteenth century that law was not preferable to man.
Gore Vidal quotes: American writers want to be not good but great; and so are neither. American writers want to be not good but great; and so are neither.
Gore Vidal quotes: For true happiness, it is not enough to be successful oneself ... one's friends must fail. For true happiness, it is not enough to be successful oneself ... one's friends must fail.
Gore Vidal quotes: The more money an American accumulates, the less interesting he becomes. The more money an American accumulates, the less interesting he becomes.
Gore Vidal quotes: In character, as it were, the writer settles for an impression of what happened rather than creating the sense of the thing happening. In character, as it were, the writer settles for an impression of what happened rather than creating the sense of the thing happening.
Gore Vidal quotes: I don't see us winning the war. We have made enemies of one billion Muslims. I don't see us winning the war. We have made enemies of one billion Muslims.
Gore Vidal quotes: Certainly 'The Judgment of Paris' was the novel in which I found my own voice. Certainly 'The Judgment of Paris' was the novel in which I found my own voice.
Gore Vidal quotes: In a society like ours, politics is improvisation. To the artful dodger rather than the true believer goes the prize. In a society like ours, politics is improvisation. To the artful dodger rather than the true believer goes the prize.
Gore Vidal quotes: Any American who is prepared to run for president should automatically, by definition, be disqualified from ever doing so. Any American who is prepared to run for president should automatically, by definition, be disqualified from ever doing so.
Gore Vidal quotes: I liked the trichotomy, that's the only thing I ever liked. I liked the trichotomy, that's the only thing I ever liked.
Gore Vidal quotes: True wisdom is to know the extent of what you don't know quite as well as you know what you do know. True wisdom is to know the extent of what you don't know quite as well as you know what you do know.
Gore Vidal quotes: As I looked back over my life, I realized that I enjoyed nothingnot art, not sexmore than going to the movies. As I looked back over my life, I realized that I enjoyed nothing
not art, not sex
more than going to the movies.
Gore Vidal quotes: How hungrily we read about ourselves! How hungrily we read about ourselves!
Gore Vidal quotes: When Franklin says yes, yes, yes, he isn't agreeing with you. He's just listening to you. When Franklin says yes, yes, yes, he isn't agreeing with you. He's just listening to you.
Gore Vidal quotes: Poor John Simon - what a nightmare, to wake up in the morning and realize that you are John Simon. Poor John Simon - what a nightmare, to wake up in the morning and realize that you are John Simon.
Gore Vidal quotes: Truman Capote has made lying an art. A minor art. Truman Capote has made lying an art. A minor art.
Gore Vidal quotes: We've had parallel lives. And frankly, I prefer mine to his. I would not like to be George Bush. We've had parallel lives. And frankly, I prefer mine to his. I would not like to be George Bush.
Gore Vidal quotes: I think since Watergate people are interested in what the past of this country was really like. I think since Watergate people are interested in what the past of this country was really like.
Gore Vidal quotes: At any given moment, public opinion is a chaos of superstition, misinformation and prejudice. At any given moment, public opinion is a chaos of superstition, misinformation and prejudice.
Gore Vidal quotes: A talent for drama is not a talent for writing, but is ability to articulate human relationships. A talent for drama is not a talent for writing, but is ability to articulate human relationships.
Gore Vidal quotes: Commercialism is doing well that which should not be done at all. Commercialism is doing well that which should not be done at all.
Gore Vidal quotes: FBI slaughter of the innocents at Waco was a model Jacobin enterprise. FBI slaughter of the innocents at Waco was a model Jacobin enterprise.
Gore Vidal quotes: I don't deny or affirm anything. I'm not very personal. I don't deny or affirm anything. I'm not very personal.
Gore Vidal quotes: 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. 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 quotes: I do not much care for nature, and believe that flowers belong in vases rather than loose and untidy on the ground. I do not much care for nature, and believe that flowers belong in vases rather than loose and untidy on the ground.
Gore Vidal quotes: I can understand companionship. I can understand bought sex in the afternoon. I cannot understand the love affair. I can understand companionship. I can understand bought sex in the afternoon. I cannot understand the love affair.
Gore Vidal quotes: I began life as an absolute monarchist - on condition, of course, that I be that monarch. I began life as an absolute monarchist - on condition, of course, that I be that monarch.
Gore Vidal quotes: TV news is not very instructive. TV news is not very instructive.
Gore Vidal quotes: I think there should be a constitutional amendment making it impossible for anyone to be president who believes in an afterlife. I think there should be a constitutional amendment making it impossible for anyone to be president who believes in an afterlife.
Gore Vidal quotes: I'm in Hollywood right now, surrounded by nothing but the sons and grandsons of movie stars. I'm in Hollywood right now, surrounded by nothing but the sons and grandsons of movie stars.
Gore Vidal quotes: The only absolute attainment is absolute abandonment. The only absolute attainment is absolute abandonment.
Gore Vidal quotes: Apparently, a democracy is a place where numerous elections are held at great cost without issues and with interchangeable candidates. Apparently, a democracy is a place where numerous elections are held at great cost without issues and with interchangeable candidates.
Gore Vidal quotes: The worst that can be said about pornography is that it leads not to anti-social acts but to the reading of more pornography The worst that can be said about pornography is that it leads not to anti-social acts but to the reading of more pornography
Gore Vidal quotes: We do not want to old to be sharper than we. It is bad enough that they were there first, and got the best things. We do not want to old to be sharper than we. It is bad enough that they were there first, and got the best things.
Gore Vidal quotes: Every generation gets the Tiny Tim it deserves. Every generation gets the Tiny Tim it deserves.
Gore Vidal quotes: The United States is my subject, but as Hawthorne once wrote, "the United States are suited for many admirable purposes, but not to live in." The United States is my subject, but as Hawthorne once wrote, "the United States are suited for many admirable purposes, but not to live in."
Gore Vidal quotes: That peculiarly American religion, President-worship. That peculiarly American religion, President-worship.
Gore Vidal quotes: Some writers take to drink, others take to audiences. Some writers take to drink, others take to audiences.
Gore Vidal quotes: My memory plays me odd tricks these days [...] Age spares us nothing, old friend. Like ancient trees, we die from the top. My memory plays me odd tricks these days [...] Age spares us nothing, old friend. Like ancient trees, we die from the top.
Gore Vidal quotes: I think the Chinese will say the hell with you and pull their money out of the United States. That's the end of our wars. I think the Chinese will say the hell with you and pull their money out of the United States. That's the end of our wars.
Gore Vidal quotes: Actually, I can't remember when I was not writing. Actually, I can't remember when I was not writing.
Gore Vidal quotes: In actual fact, I have always been a conservative cross, borne sadly by liberal friends. In actual fact, I have always been a conservative cross, borne sadly by liberal friends.
Gore Vidal quotes: Americans tend to play different roles, hoping that somehow they'll stumble on the right one. Americans tend to play different roles, hoping that somehow they'll stumble on the right one.
Gore Vidal quotes: It is of no consequence what people think of you. What matters is what you think of them. It is of no consequence what people think of you. What matters is what you think of them.
Gore Vidal quotes: 'The Turner Diaries' is a racist daydream by a former physics teacher writing under the pseudonym Andrew Macdonald. 'The Turner Diaries' is a racist daydream by a former physics teacher writing under the pseudonym Andrew Macdonald.
Gore Vidal quotes: After adolescence, if one's life is sufficiently interesting, the desire to tell oneself stories diminishes. After adolescence, if one's life is sufficiently interesting, the desire to tell oneself stories diminishes.
Gore Vidal quotes: The whole point to American journalism is what ought to be true is true. The whole point to American journalism is what ought to be true is true.
Gore Vidal quotes: To invent a war means that you've become a wartime president, and you can suspend much if not all of the Bill of Rights. To invent a war means that you've become a wartime president, and you can suspend much if not all of the Bill of Rights.
Gore Vidal quotes: Rome ... at its most decadent, had never thought of hiring an actor to go through the motions of being an emperor while the Praetorian Guard ruled. Rome ... at its most decadent, had never thought of hiring an actor to go through the motions of being an emperor while the Praetorian Guard ruled.
Gore Vidal quotes: It is essential to naturalist doctrine that literature, to be good, must, finally, be the author's experience worked out literally. It is essential to naturalist doctrine that literature, to be good, must, finally, be the author's experience worked out literally.
Gore Vidal quotes: He now new a number of people but none well. It was easier to have sex with a man than to acquire a friend. He now new a number of people but none well. It was easier to have sex with a man than to acquire a friend.
Gore Vidal quotes: Sexual revelation in literature, must be tactful and must serve plot Sexual revelation in literature, must be tactful and must serve plot
Gore Vidal quotes: In writing and politicking, it's best not to think about it, just do it. In writing and politicking, it's best not to think about it, just do it.
Gore Vidal quotes: Celebrities are invariably celebrity-mad, just as liars always believe liars. Celebrities are invariably celebrity-mad, just as liars always believe liars.
Gore Vidal quotes: To a born-again atheist like myself, it is clear that each of us has multiple selves, talents, perceptions. But to the Roman Catholic, unity is all. To a born-again atheist like myself, it is clear that each of us has multiple selves, talents, perceptions. But to the Roman Catholic, unity is all.
Gore Vidal quotes: Many writers who choose to be active in the world lose not virtue but time, and that stillness without which literature cannot be made. 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 quotes: The first grown-up book that I read on my own was a nineteenth-century edition of 'Tales from Livy' that I'd found in my grandfather's library. The first grown-up book that I read on my own was a nineteenth-century edition of 'Tales from Livy' that I'd found in my grandfather's library.
Gore Vidal quotes: The United States is the only civilized country in the world to class its teachers at the bottom of the social scale. The United States is the only civilized country in the world to class its teachers at the bottom of the social scale.
Gore Vidal quotes: I was never my own type so I completely missed my beauty all through my youth. I was never my own type so I completely missed my beauty all through my youth.
Gore Vidal quotes: Realism has always been called cynicism. Realism has always been called cynicism.
Gore Vidal quotes: Ronald Reagan: a triumph of the embalmer's art. Ronald Reagan: a triumph of the embalmer's art.
Gore Vidal quotes: You cannot deprive somebody of life, liberty, pursuit of happiness, because that is a right - constitutional right. You cannot deprive somebody of life, liberty, pursuit of happiness, because that is a right - constitutional right.
Gore Vidal quotes: Every country should have at least one King Farouk. Every country should have at least one King Farouk.
Gore Vidal quotes: He's a full-fledged housewife from Kansas with all the prejudices. He's a full-fledged housewife from Kansas with all the prejudices.