Gore Vidal Quotes (53 quotations)

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1. A narcissist is someone better looking than you are. - Gore Vidal

2. A talent for drama is not a talent for writing, but is an ability to articulate human relationships. - Gore Vidal

3. All children alarm their parents, if only because you are forever expecting to encounter yourself. - Gore Vidal

4. Andy Warhol is the only genius I've ever known with an I.Q. of 60. - Gore Vidal

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

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

7. 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

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

9. 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. - Gore Vidal

10. Every time a friend succeeds, I die a little. - Gore Vidal

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

12. For certain people after 50, litigation takes the place of sex. - Gore Vidal

13. For certain people after fifty, litigation takes the place of sex. - Gore Vidal

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

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

16. I am an obsessive rewriter, doing one draft and then another and another, usually five. In a way, I have nothing to say, but a great deal to add. - Gore Vidal

17. I can understand companionship. I can understand bought sex in the afternoon. I cannot understand the love affair. - Gore Vidal

18. I don't want anything. I don't want a job. I don't want to be respectable. I don't want prizes. I turned down the National Institute of Arts and Letters when I was elected to it in 1976 on the grounds that I already belonged to the Diners Club. - Gore Vidal

19. I don't want prizes. I turned down the National Institute of Arts and Letters when I was elected to it in 1976 on the grounds that I already belonged to the Diner's Club. - Gore Vidal

20. I might be President by now if it weren't for this 'queer' thing - Gore Vidal

21. I never miss a chance to have sex or appear on television. - Gore Vidal

22. 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. - Gore Vidal

23. I'm a born-again atheist. - Gore Vidal

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

25. It is not enough to succeed; others must fail. - Gore Vidal

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