Gore Vidal

Gore Vidal

American writer and criticus

Lived from: 1925-

Category: Media | Writers (Contemporary)

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    A talent for drama is not a talent for writing, but is an ability to articulate human relationships.
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    A narcissist is someone better looking than you are.
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    All in all, I would not have missed this century for the world.
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    American history has fallen more and more into the hands of academics.

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    Andy Warhol is the only genius I've ever known with an I.Q. of 60.
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    Apparently, a democracy is a place where numerous elections are held at great cost without issues and with interchangeable candidates.
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    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
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    Boys don't like girls around when they do boy things.
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    Democracy is supposed to give you the feeling of choice, like Painkiller X and Painkiller Y. But they're both just aspirin.
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    Each writer is born with a repertory company in his head. Shakespeare has perhaps 20 players, and Tennessee Williams has about 5, and Samuel Beckett one - and maybe a clone of that one. I have 10 or so, and that's a lot. As you get older, you become more skillful at casting them.
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    Envy is the central fact of American life.
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    Fifty percent of people won't vote, and fifty percent don't read newspapers. I hope it's the same fifty percent.
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    Half of the American people never read a newspaper. Half never voted for President. One hopes it is the same half.
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    I began life as an absolute monarchist - on condition, of course, that I be that monarch.
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    I don't even read most reviews, unless there is a potential lawsuit on view.
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