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Gore Vidal
By Anonym 13 Sep

Gore Vidal

In fact, life itself is a contradiction if only because birth is the direct cause, in every single case, of death

By Anonym 13 Sep

Gore Vidal

For the average American, freedom of speech is simply the freedom to repeat what everyone else is saying and no more.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Gore Vidal

I said, well, it's a very primitive country, the United States, and it's full of superstitions, which come out of a very fundamental religious bias, which is primitive Christianity.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Gore Vidal

The real writer learns nothing from life. He is more like an oyster or a sponge.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Gore Vidal

It is marvelous indeed to watch on television the rings of Saturn close; and to speculate on what we may yet find at galaxy's edge. But in the process, we have lost the human element; not to mention the high hope of those quaint days when flight would create one world. Instead of one world, we have star wars, and a future in which dumb dented human toys will drift mindlessly about the cosmos long after our small planet's dead.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Gore Vidal

Nixon was a Southern Rim President, and so antipathetic to the old guard.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Gore Vidal

Everybody likes a bit of gossip to some point, as long as it's gossip with some point to it. That's why I like history. History is nothing but gossip about the past, with the hope that it might be true.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Gore Vidal

Since the individual's desire to dominate his environment is not a desirable trait in a society which every day grows more and more confining, the average man must take to daydreaming.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Gore Vidal

If you're a critic of the rulers of the United States, you are either demonized, or you are trivialized by the press, and they do a very good job of making you into a non-person or a ridiculous person.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Gore Vidal

U.S. certainly are not warlike. We don't want that. We want to make money, which I always thought was one of the most admirable things about Americans.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Gore Vidal

I'm not for real revolutions, because they always bring you the opposite of what you want. You very seldom get what you want if you have a violent revolution.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Gore Vidal

Miss Rand now tells us that what we have thought was right is really wrong. The lesson should have read: One for one and none for all.

By Anonym 15 Sep

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.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Gore Vidal

Everybody is bisexual, and that is a fact of human nature. Some people practice both, and some practice one thing, and some people practice another thing and that is the way human beings are.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Gore Vidal

It makes no difference who you vote for - the two parties are really one party representing four percent of the people.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Gore Vidal

a writer must always tell the truth (unless he's a journalist)

By Anonym 13 Sep

Gore Vidal

I am an obsessive rewriter, doing one draft and then another and another, usually five. In a way, I have nothing to say, but a great deal to add.

By Anonym 18 Sep

Gore Vidal

Stay Longer and you will hear the beginning of your death

By Anonym 13 Sep

Gore Vidal

In Southern Europe, we have, of course, very bad governments.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Gore Vidal

Writing of history is our only heuristic principle. The Germans have a word for it, einfühlen. It is the ability to experience the past in the present and to recreate it. In my books, I have tried to recreate it in the most natural way possible: History must be integrated into the story without the weight of premonition.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Gore Vidal

It is of no consequence what others think of you. What matters is what you think of them. That is how you live your life.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Gore Vidal

If one starts with the anatomical difference, which even a patriarchal Viennese novelist was able to see was destiny, then one begins to understand why men and women don't get on very well within marriage, or indeed in any exclusive sort of long-range sexual relationship. He is designed to make as many babies as possible with as many different women as he can get his hands on, while she is designed to take time off from her busy schedule as astronaut or role model to lay an egg and bring up the result. Male and female are on different sexual tracks, and that cannot be changed by the Book or any book. Since all our natural instincts are carefully perverted from birth, it is no wonder that we tend to be, if not all of us serial killers, killers of our own true nature.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Gore Vidal

The malady of civilized man is his knowledge of death. The good artist, like the wise man, addresses himself to life and invests with his private vision the deeds and thoughts of men. The creation of a work of art, like an act of love, is our one small 'yes' at the center of a vast 'no'.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Gore Vidal

Every four years the naive half who vote are encouraged to believe that if we can elect a really nice man or woman President everything will be all right. But it won't be.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Gore Vidal

...you will do more harm than good by attempting to supplant old dogmas and customs with new dogmas. It will be the same in the end except that the old is less militant, less dangerous than a new order imposed by enthusiasts.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Gore Vidal

When anyone says to me, 'Can you keep a secret?' I say, 'Why should I, if you can't?'

By Anonym 14 Sep

Gore Vidal

Nothing that Shakespeare ever invented was to equal Lincoln's invention of himself and, in the process, us.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Gore Vidal

Eisenhower managed to begin the Vietnam war by not following his normal instinct of staying out of mischief. In his memoirs, he tells us why we didn't honor the Geneva accords and hold elections in Vietnam: because some 80 percent of the country would have voted for Ho Chi Minh. This is very candid. The sort of thing one might have found in Stalin'smemoirs, had he not made ghosts even of ghosts.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Gore Vidal

The most interesting thing about writing is the way that it obliterates time. Three hours seem like three minutes.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Gore Vidal

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

By Anonym 18 Sep

Gore Vidal

That my plans have lately gone somewhat awry is the sort of risk one must take if life is to be superb.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Gore Vidal

I am savage about what has been done to the United States by its rulers.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Gore Vidal

It is of no consequence to you what others think of you. What matters is what you think of them. That is how you live your life.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Gore Vidal

Ideally, the writer needs no audience other than the few who understand that it is immodest and greedy to want more.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Gore Vidal

The Gores, I think, are a bit brighter than the Bushes, historically speaking.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Gore Vidal

It is astonishing to think that millions of people in my time—now, too, I suppose—actually thought that at a given moment in history two human beings had evolved to a higher state than that of all the gods that ever were or ever will be. This is titanism, as the Greeks would say. This is madness.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Gore Vidal

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

By Anonym 14 Sep

Gore Vidal

Poor John Simon - what a nightmare, to wake up in the morning and realize that you are John Simon.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Gore Vidal

Eventually all things are known. And few matter.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Gore Vidal

Apparently, 'conspiracy stuff' is now shorthand for unspeakable truth.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Gore Vidal

Everybody has two legs, two lobes to the brain which is why we tend to be interested in symmetry, always balancing things.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Gore Vidal

Some of my father's fellow West Pointers once asked him why I turned out so well, his secret in raising me. And he said, "I never gave him any advice, and he never asked for any." We agreed on nothing, but we never quarreled once.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Gore Vidal

Celebrities are invariably celebrity-mad, just as liars always believe liars.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Gore Vidal

There's no such thing as a war against terrorism. It's idiotic. These are slogans. These are lies. It's advertising, which is the only art form we ever invented and developed.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Gore Vidal

In large Victorian houses with many rooms and heavy doors, the occupants could be mysterious and exciting to one another in a way that those who live in rackety developments can never hope to be. Not even the lust of a Lord Byron could survive the fact of Levittown.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Gore Vidal

In the First Amendment to the Constitution, the Founders made it clear that this was not to be a sky-god nation with a national religion like that of England, from whom we had just separated. It is curious how little understood this amendment is-yes, everyone has a right to worship any god he chooses but he does not have the right to impose his beliefs on others who do not happen to share in his superstitions and taboos.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Gore Vidal

I spend most of my time in California. I feel I am fueled by rage and by the political climate there. I am angry most of the time when I am there, which might be unbearable for someone else, but for me it's fuel for my writing.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Gore Vidal

Our only political party has two right wings, one called Republican, the other Democratic. But Henry Adams figured all that out back in the 1890s. "We have a single system," he wrote, and "in that system the only question is the price at which the proletariat is to be bought and sold, the bread and circuses.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Gore Vidal

I went to Europe to live in 1961. I'd never have written Julian if it hadn't been for the sequestered life that I led in Rome and the classical library at the America Academy.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Gore Vidal

A huge number of Americans still believe that Saddam Hussein was responsible for 9/11. You have a people that don't know anything about the rest of the world, and you have leaders who lie to them, lie to them, and lie to them.