Gore Vidal Quotes

Teaching has ruined more American novelists than drink

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.

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Religions sprang up among men to deal with the sometimes terrifying aspects of existence, to make sense out of the senseless, to explain things we find inexplicable

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

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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.

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The theater needs continual reminders that there is nothing more debasing than the work of those who do well what is not worth doing at all.

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The idea of a good society is something you do not need a religion and eternal punishment to buttress; you need a religion if you are terrified of death.

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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.

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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.

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

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Until the rise of American advertising, it never occurred to anyone anywhere in the world that the teenager was a captive in a hostile world of adults.

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

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

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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.

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I date the end of the old republic and the birth of the empire to the invention, in the late thirties, of air conditioning. Before air conditioning, Washington was deserted from mid-June to September.... But after air conditioning and the Second World War arrived, more or less at the same time, Congress sits and sits while the presidentsor at least their staffsnever stop making mischief.

Gore Vidal

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

Gore Vidal
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