The best Quotations


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

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

All in all, i would not have missed this century for the world.
- Gore Vidal

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

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

Democracy is supposed to give you the feeling of choice, like painkiller x and painkiller y. but they're both just aspirin.
- Gore Vidal

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

Half of the american people have never read a newspaper. half never voted for president. one hopes it is the same half.
- Gore Vidal

Half of the american people never read a newspaper. half never voted for president. one hopes it is the same half.
- Gore Vidal

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.
- Gore Vidal

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

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

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

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.
- Gore Vidal

It is difficult to find a reputable american historian who will acknowledge the crude fact that a franklin roosevelt, say, wanted to be president merely to wield power, to be famed and to be feared. to learn this simple fact one must wade through a sea of
- Gore Vidal

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.
- Gore Vidal

It makes no difference whom you vote for - the two parties are really one party representing four percent of the people.
- Gore Vidal

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.
- Gore Vidal

Many writers who choose to be active in the world lose not virtue but time, and that stillness without which literature cannot be made.
- Gore Vidal

Never have children, only grand children.
- Gore Vidal

Never have children, only grandchildren.
- Gore Vidal

Never miss a chance to have sex or appear on television.
- Gore Vidal

On 16 september 1985, when the commerce department announced that the united states had become a debtor nation, the american empire died.
- Gore Vidal

Sex is. there is nothing more to be done about it. sex builds no roads, writes no novels and sex certainly gives no meaning to anything in life but itself.
- Gore Vidal

Some writers take to drink, others take to audiences.
- Gore Vidal


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Quotation In no direction that we turn do we find ease or comfort. If we are honest and if we have the will to win we find only danger, hard work and iron resolution. - writer
Quotation Old age is a tyrant, who forbids, under pain of death, the pleasures of youth. - writer
Quotation I'm 65 and I guess that puts me in with the geriatrics. But if there were fifteen months in every year, I'd only be 48. That's the trouble with us. We number everything. Take women, for example. I think they deserve to have more than twelve years between the ages of 28 and 40. - writer
Quotation Want to learn to eat a lot? Here it is: Eat a little. That way, you will be around long enough to eat a lot. - writer
Quotation The fundamental fact about the Greek was that he had to use his mind. The ancient priests had said, ''Thus far and no farther. We set the limits of thought.'' The Greek said, ''All things are to be examined and called into question. There are no limits set on thought.'' - writer
Quotation Your past is not your potential. In any hour you can choose to liberate the future. - writer