Gore Vidal Quotes


59 Gore Vidal quotes:



"The last best hope of earth, two trillion dollars in debt, is spinning out of control, and all we can do is stare at a flickering cathode-ray tube as Ollie ''answers'' questions on TV while the press, resolutely irrelevant as ever, asks politicians if they have committed adultery. From V-J Day 1945 to this has been, my fellow countrymen, a perfect nightmare."
Author: Vidal Quotes Category: Control Quotes Twentieth Century Quotes
"Our form of democracy is bribery, on the highest scale."
"There's a lot to be said for being nouveau riche, and the Reagans mean to say it all."
"All in all, I would not have missed this century for the world."
"The corporate grip on opinion in the United States is one of the wonders of the Western world. No First World country has ever managed to eliminate so entirely from its media all objectivity - much less dissent."
"Writing fiction has become a priestly business in countries that have lost their faith."
"That is sad until one recalls how many bad books the world may yet be spared because of the busyness of writers."
"If most men and women were forced to rely upon physical charm to attract lovers, their sexual lives would be not only meager but in a youth-worshiping country like America painfully brief."
Author: Vidal Quotes Category: Charming Quotes
"What other culture could have produced someone like Hemingway and not seen the joke?"
Author: Vidal Quotes Category: Culture Quotes
"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"
"I like the way you always manage to state the obvious with a sense of real discovery."
Author: Vidal Quotes Category: Discovery Quotes
"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."
"What is in question is a kind of book reviewing which seems to be more and more popular: the loose putting down of opinions as though they were facts, and the treating of facts as though they were opinions."
"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."
"Democracy is supposed to give you the feeling of choice, like Painkiller X and Painkiller Y. But they're both just aspirin."
"A good deed never goes unpunished."
"Think of the earth as a living organism that is being attacked by billions of bacteria whose numbers double every forty years. Either the host dies, or the virus dies, or both die."
Author: Vidal Quotes Category: American Novelist Quotes Earth Quotes
"All children alarm their parents, if only because you are forever expecting to encounter yourself."
"Andy Warhol is the only genius I've ever known with an I.Q. of 60."
"Every time a friend succeeds, I die a little."



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