Gore Vidal Quotes

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Born: October 3, 1925, West Point, New York, USA
Birth Country: USA
Died: Hollywood Hills, Los Angeles, California, USA, July 31, 2012
Occupation: Author

1.
A good deed never goes unpunished.
- Gore Vidal

2.
Any American who is prepared to run for president should automatically, by definition, be disqualified from ever doing so.
- Gore Vidal

3.
Apparently, a democracy is a place where numerous elections are held at great cost without issues and with interchangeable candidates.
- Gore Vidal

4.
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

5.
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

6.
By the time a man gets to be presidential material, he's been bought ten times over.
- Gore Vidal

7.
Fifty percent of people won't vote, and fifty percent don't read newspapers. I hope it's the same fifty percent.
- Gore Vidal

8.
Half of the American people have never read a newspaper. Half never voted for President. One hopes it is the same half.
- Gore Vidal

9.
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

10.
In writing and politicking, it's best not to think about it, just do it.
- Gore Vidal

11.
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

12.
Litigation takes the place of sex at middle age.
- Gore Vidal

13.
That is sad until one recalls how many bad books the world may yet be spared because of the busyness of writers.
- Gore Vidal

14.
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

15.
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

16.
The more money an American accumulates, the less interesting he becomes.
- Gore Vidal

17.
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

18.
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

19.
Writing fiction has become a priestly business in countries that have lost their faith.
- Gore Vidal

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