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Gore Vidal Quotes

59 Gore Vidal quotes:

"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"
Author: Vidal Quotes Category: Ability Quotes
"A talent for drama is not a talent for writing, but is an ability to articulate human relationships."
Author: Vidal Quotes Category: Ability Quotes Theater Quotes
"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."
Author: Vidal Quotes Category: American Novelist Quotes Car Quotes
"It makes no difference whom you vote for -- the two parties are really one party representing four percent of the people."
Author: Vidal Quotes Category: Voting 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."
"Laughing at someone else is an excellent way of learning how to laugh at oneself; and questioning what seem to be the absurd beliefs of another group is a good way of recognizing the potential absurdity of many of one's own cherished beliefs."
Author: Vidal Quotes Category: Learning Quotes Sarcasm Quotes
"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."
"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
"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
"What other culture could have produced someone like Hemingway and not seen the joke?"
Author: Vidal Quotes Category: Culture Quotes
"I like the way you always manage to state the obvious with a sense of real discovery."
Author: Vidal Quotes Category: Discovery 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 find in most novels no imagination at all. They seem to think the highest form of the novel is to write about marriage, because that's the most important thing there is for middle-class people."
"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."
"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."
"Fifty percent of people won't vote, and fifty percent don't read newspapers. I hope it's the same fifty percent."
"Our form of democracy is bribery, on the highest scale."
"There is no human problem which could not be solved if people would simply do as I advise."
"There's a lot to be said for being nouveau riche, and the Reagans mean to say it all."

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