Gore Vidal (Writer)

#38582 Gore Vidal

Congress no longer declares war or makes budgets. So that's the end of the constitution as a working machine. .

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#38583 Gore Vidal

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. .

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#38584 Gore Vidal

I am at heart a propagandist, a tremendous hater, a tiresome nag, complacently positive that there is no human problem which could not be solved if people would simply do as I advise. .

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#38585 Gore Vidal

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

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#38586 Gore Vidal

Envy is the central fact of American life. .

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#38587 Gore Vidal

First coffee, then a bowel movement. Then the Muse joins me. .

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#38588 Gore Vidal

It is not enough to succeed. Others must fail. .

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#38589 Gore Vidal

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

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#38590 Gore Vidal

As one gets older, litigation replaces sex. .

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#38591 Gore Vidal

A narcissist is someone better looking than you are. .

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#38592 Gore Vidal

A current pejorative adjective is narcissistic. Generally, a narcissist is anyone better looking than you are, but lately the adjective is often applied to those “liberals” who prefer to improve the lives of others rather than exploit them. Apparently, a concern for others is self-love at its least attractive, while greed is now a sign of the highest altruism. But then to reverse, periodically, the meanings of words is a very small price to pay for our vast freedom not only to conform but to consume. .

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#38593 Gore Vidal

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

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#38594 Gore Vidal

The great unmentionable evil at the center of our culture is monotheism. From a barbaric Bronze Age text known as the Old Testament, three anti-human religions have evolved — Judaism, Christianity, Islam. These are sky-god religions. They are, literally, patriarchal — God is the Omnipotent Father — hence the loathing of women for 2,000 years in those countries afflicted by the sky-god and his earthly male delegates. The sky-god is a jealous god, of course. He requires total obedience from everyone on earth, as he is in place not for just one tribe but for all creation. Those who would reject him must be converted or killed for their own good. Ultimately, totalitarianism is the only sort of politics that can truly serve the sky-god's purpose. .

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#38596 Gore Vidal

'Liberal' comes from the Latin liberalis, which means pertaining to a free man. In politics, to be liberal is to want to extend democracy through change and reform. One can see why the word had to be erased from our political lexicon. .

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#38597 Gore Vidal

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. But our sky-godders, always eager to hate, still quote Leviticus, as if that looney text had anything useful to say about anything except, perhaps, the inadvisability of eating shellfish in the Jerusalem area. .

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#38598 Gore Vidal

We're supposed to procreate and society, god knows, is ferocious on the subject. Heterosexuality is considered such a great and natural good that you have to execute people and put them in prison if they don't practice this glorious act. .

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#38599 Gore Vidal

We should stop going around babbling about how we're the greatest democracy on earth, when we're not even a democracy. We are a sort of militarised republic. The founding fathers hated two things, one was monarchy and the other was democracy, they gave us a constitution that saw to it we will have neither. I don't know how wise they were. .

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#38600 Gore Vidal

Apparently, "conspiracy stuff" is now shorthand for unspeakable truth. .

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#38601 Gore Vidal

Happily for the busy lunatics who rule over us, we are permanently the United States of Amnesia. We learn nothing because we remember nothing. .

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#38602 Gore Vidal

We have ceased to be a nation under law but instead a homeland where the withered Bill of Rights, like a dead trumpet vine, clings to our pseudo-Roman columns. .

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#38603 Gore Vidal

was somebody who was a born enemy of those who govern the United States. He was everything they hated. So I just say that he represented life, and is admirable; and Mr. Nixon and Mr. Bush represent death, and that is a bad thing. .

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#38604 Gore Vidal

Private lives should be no business of the State. The State is bad enough as it is. It cannot educate or medicate or feed the people; it cannot do anything but kill the people. No State like that do we want prying into our private lives. .

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#38606 Gore Vidal

We must always remember that the police are recruited from the criminal classes. .

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#38607 Gore Vidal

Don’t ever make the mistake with people like me thinking we are looking for heroes. There aren’t any and if there were, they would be killed immediately. I’m never surprised by bad behaviour. I expect it. .

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#38608 Gore Vidal

As the age of television progresses the Reagans will be the rule, not the exception. To be perfect for television is all a President has to be these days. .

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#38609 Gore Vidal

American writers want to be not good but great; and so are neither. .

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#38610 Gore Vidal

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

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#38611 Gore Vidal

The hatred Americans have for their own government is pathological, if understandable. At one level it is simply thwarted greed: since our religion is making a buck, giving a part of that buck to any government is an act against nature. .

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#38612 Gore Vidal

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

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#38613 Gore Vidal

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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#38614 Gore Vidal

Random House/Vintage, 1973, .

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#38617 Gore Vidal

At any given moment, public opinion is a chaos of superstition, misinformation, and prejudice. .

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#38618 Gore Vidal

The more money an American accumulates the less interesting he himself becomes. .

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#38619 Gore Vidal

In any case, rather like priests who have forgotten the meaning of the prayers they chant, we shall go on for quite a long time talking of books and writing books, pretending all the while not to notice that the church is empty and the parishioners have gone elsewhere to attend other gods, perhaps in silence or with new words. .

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#38620 Gore Vidal

That peculiarly American religion, President-worship. .

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#38621 Gore Vidal

The period of Prohibition — called the noble experiment — brought on the greatest breakdown of law and order the United States has known until today. I think there is a lesson here. Do not regulate the private morals of people. Do not tell them what they can take or not take. Because if you do, they will become angry and antisocial and they will get what they want from criminals who are able to work in perfect freedom because they have paid off the police. .

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#38622 Gore Vidal

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

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#38623 Gore Vidal

Big oil, big steel, big agriculture avoid the open marketplace. Big corporations fix prices among themselves and thus drive out of business the small entrepreneur. Also, in their conglomerate form, the huge corporations have begun to challenge the very legitimacy of the state. .

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#38624 Gore Vidal

The genius of our ruling class is that it has kept a majority of the people from ever questioning the inequity of a system where most people drudge along, paying heavy taxes for which they get nothing in return ... .

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#38625 Gore Vidal

Precocious talents mature slowly if at all. .

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#38626 Gore Vidal

It is reasonable to assume that, by and large, what is not read now will not be read, ever. It is also reasonable to assume that practically nothing that is read now will be read later. Finally, it is not too farfetched to imagine a future in which novels are not read at all. .

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#38627 Gore Vidal

In any case, write what you know will always be excellent advice to those who ought not to write at all. .

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#38628 Gore Vidal

Television is a great leveler. You always end up sounding like the people who ask the questions. .

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#38629 Gore Vidal

Religions are manipulated in order to serve those who govern society and not the other way around. .

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#38630 Gore Vidal

Actually, there is no such thing as a homosexual person, any more than there is such a thing as a heterosexual person. The words are adjectives describing sexual acts, not people. The sexual acts are entirely normal; if they were not, no one would perform them. .

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#38631 Gore Vidal

The reason no one has yet been able to come up with a good word to describe the homosexualist (sometimes known as gay, fag, queer, etc.) is because he does not exist. The human race is divided into male and female. Many human beings enjoy sexual relations with their own sex, many don't; many respond to both. This plurality is the fact of our nature and not worth fretting about. .

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#38632 Gore Vidal

The average "educated" American has been made to believe that, somehow, the United States must lead the world even though hardly anyone has any information at all about those countries we are meant to lead. Worse, we have very little information about our own country and its past... .

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#38633 Gore Vidal

My father had a deep and lifelong contempt for politicians in general ("They tell lies," he used to say with wonder, "even when they don't have to"). .

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#38634 Gore Vidal

The last best hope on earth, two trillion dollars in debt, is spinning out of control, and all we can do is stare at a flickering cathode-ray tube as Ollie "answers" questions on TV while the press, resolutely irrelevant as ever, asks politicians if they have committed adultery. From V-J Day 1945 to this has been, my fellow countrymen, a perfect nightmare. .

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#38635 Gore Vidal

In a nation that has developed to a high art advertising, the creator who refuses to advertise himself is immediately suspected of having no product worth selling. .

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