Gore Vidal, fully Eugene Luther Gore Vidal

Gore
Vidal, fully Eugene Luther Gore Vidal
1925
2012

American Author, Playwright, Essayist, Screenwriter and Political Activist

Author Quotes

Power is far more exciting than sex.

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

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

The planet Venus, a circle of silver in a green sky, pierced the edge of the evening while the wintry woods darkened about me and in the stillness the regular sound of my footsteps striking the pavement was like a the rhythmic beating of a giant stone heart.

There is something about the state putting the power to bully into the hands of subnormal, sadistic apes that makes my blood boil.

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.

What is in question is a kind of book reviewing which seems to be more and more popular: the loose putting down of opinions as though they were facts, and the treating of facts as though they were opinions.

You can't really succeed with a novel anyway; they're too big. It's like city planning. You can't plan a perfect city because there's too much going on that you can't take into account. You can, however, write a perfect sentence now and then. I have.

Precocious talents mature slowly if at all.

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

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.

The public is always relieved to find that once the chief officers of state are elected they do not sincerely want change.

There was more of a flow to my output of writing in the past, certainly. Having no contemporaries left means you cannot say, "Well, so-and-so will like this," which you do when you're younger. You realize there is no so-and-so anymore. You are your own so-and-so. There is a bleak side to it.

We affect one another quite enough merely by existing. Whenever the stars cross, or is it comets? fragments pass briefly from one orbit to another. On rare occasions there is total collision, but most often the two simply continue without incident, neither losing more than a particle to the other, in passing.

What other culture could have produced someone like Hemmingway and not seen the joke?

You hear all this whining going on, "Where are our great writers?" The thing I might feel doleful about is: Where are the readers?

Presidents have absolutely gone against the will of Congress. Congress hasn't declared a war since December 7, 1941, and yet we've been at war ever since with somebody or other in order to justify the war machine. Now we have alienated almost the entire earth

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

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.

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.

There's a lot to be said for being nouveau riche, and the Reagans mean to say it all.

We are given our place in time as we are given our eyes: weak, strong, clear, squinting, the thing is not ours to choose. Well, this has been a squinting, walleyed time to be born in.

What we are is seldom what we want to be, while what we want to be is either denied us or changes with the seasons.

You hear so much about radical chic in New York, but itÂ’s more like radical dowdy.

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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First Name
Gore
Last Name
Vidal, fully Eugene Luther Gore Vidal
Birth Date
1925
Death Date
2012
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American Author, Playwright, Essayist, Screenwriter and Political Activist