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Gore Vidal Quotes

(1925), American Novelist, Critic

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

Category: America

Some writers take to drink, others take to audiences.

Category: Audiences

To a man, ornithologists are tall, slender, and bearded so that they can stand motionless for hours, imitating kindly trees, as they watch for birds.

Category: Birds

There is something about a bureaucrat that does not like a poem.

Category: Bureaucracy

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.

Category: Charm

Never have children, only grand children.

Category: Children

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

Category: Democracy

Democracy is supposed to give you the feeling of choice, like Painkiller X and Painkiller Y. But they're both just aspirin.

Category: Democracy

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

Category: Envy

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.

Category: Facts

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.

Category: Fiction

Writing fiction has become a priestly business in countries that have lost their faith.

Category: Fiction

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

Category: Language

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.

Category: Media

There is hardly an American male of my generation who has not at one time or another tried to master the victory cry of the great ape as it issued from the androgynous chest of Johnny Weissmuller, to the accompaniment of thousands of arms and legs snapping during attempts to swing from tree to tree in the backyards of the Republic.

Category: Men