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Gore Vidal Quotes


59 Gore Vidal quotes:



"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."
"One is sorry one could not have taken both branches of the road. But we were not allotted multiple selves."
"The more money an American accumulates, the less interesting he becomes."
"In writing and politicking, it's best not to think about it, just do it."
"On 16 September 1985, when the Commerce Department announced that the United States had become a debtor nation, the American Empire died."
"Some writers take to drink, others take to audiences."
"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."
"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."
"That loyal retainer of the Chase Manhattan Bank, the American president."
"Many writers who choose to be active in the world lose not virtue but time, and that stillness without which literature cannot be made."
"By the time a man gets to be presidential material, he's been bought ten times over."
"The four most beautiful words in our common language: I told you so."
"There is something about a bureaucrat that does not like a poem."
"A narcissist is someone better looking than you are."
"Write something, even if it's just a suicide note."
"We're not a democracy."
"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."
"I'm all for bringing back the birch, but only between consenting adults."
"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."
"Whenever a friend succeeds, a little something in me dies."



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