Gore Vidal Quotes

59 Gore Vidal 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"
"A talent for drama is not a talent for writing, but is an ability to articulate human relationships."
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"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."
"By 1948, the Italians had begun to pull themselves together, demonstrating once more their astonishing ability to cope with disaster which is so perfectly balanced by their absolute inability to deal with success"
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"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."
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"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."
"I like the way you always manage to state the obvious with a sense of real discovery."
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"Until the rise of American advertising, it never occurred to anyone anywhere in the world that the teenager was a captive in a hostile world of adults."
"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."
"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."
"Now you have people in Washington who have no interest in the country at all. They're interested in their companies, their corporations grabbing Caspian oil."
"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."
"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
"Write something, even if it's just a suicide note."

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