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Gore Vidal

1925-2012 ,  American writer
Gore VidalAmerican novelist, playwright, and essayist, noted for his irreverent and intellectually adroit novels. Also, known for his patrician manner, epigrammatic wit, and polished style of writing.

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A narcissist is someone better looking than you are.

Never pass up a chance to have sex or appear on television.

Everybody likes a bit of gossip to some point, as long as it’s gossip with some point to it. That’s why I like history. History is nothing but gossip about the past, with the hope that it might be true.

Traitors who prevail are patriots; usurpers who succeed are divine emperors.

Modern Christianity is a encyclopedia of traditional superstition.

Nothing human is finally calculable; even to ourselves we are strange.

Whenever a friend succeeds, a little something in me dies.

Envy is the central fact of American life.

It is not enough to succeed. Others must fail.

I can understand companionship. I can understand bought sex in the afternoon, but I cannot understand the love affair.

The United States was founded by the brightest people in the country — and we haven't seen them since.

At least when the Emperor Justinian, a sky-god man, decided to outlaw sodomy, he had to come up with a good practical reason, which he did. It is well known, Justinian declared, that buggery is a principal cause of earthquakes, and so must be prohibited.

Half the American people never read a newspaper. Half never vote for President — the same half?

American society, literary or lay, tends to be humorless. What other culture could have produced someone like Hemingway and not seen the joke?

Write something, even if it's just a suicide note.

Style is knowing who you are, what you want to say, and not giving a damn.

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

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

There is no such thing as a homosexual or a heterosexual person. There are only homo- or heterosexual acts. Most people are a mixture of impulses if not practices.

Television is now so desperately hungry for material that they're scraping the top of the barrel.

On 16 September 1985, when the Commerce Department announced that the United States had become a debtor nation, the American Empire died.

The unfed mind devours itself.

There is no human problem which could not be solved if people would simply do as I advise.

Southerners make good novelists: they have so many stories because they have so much family.

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The four most beautiful words in our common language: I told you so.

I'm all for bringing back the birch, but only between consenting adults.


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