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Gore Vidal Quote: “The unfed mind devours itself.”

The unfed mind devours itself.

— Gore Vidal



Gore Vidal Quote: “It is not enough to succeed. Others must fail.”

It is not enough to succeed. Others must fail.

— Gore Vidal


Gore Vidal Quote: “The brain that doesn’t feed itself, eats itself.”

The brain that doesn’t feed itself, eats itself.

— Gore Vidal


Gore Vidal Quote: “Style is knowing who you are, what you want to say, and not giving a damn.”

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

— Gore Vidal


Gore Vidal Quote: “Persuading the people to vote against their own best interests has been the awesome genius of the American political elite from the beginning.”

Persuading the people to vote against their own best interests has been the awesome genius of the American political elite from the beginning.

— Gore Vidal


Gore Vidal Quote: “I’m a born – again atheist.”

I’m a born – again atheist.

— Gore Vidal


Gore Vidal Quote: “Write something, even if it’s just a suicide note.”

Write something, even if it’s just a suicide note.

— Gore Vidal


Gore Vidal Quote: “At any given moment, public opinion is a chaos of superstition, misinformation, and prejudice.”

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

— Gore Vidal


Gore Vidal Quote: “Every time a friend succeeds, I die a little.”

Every time a friend succeeds, I die a little.

— Gore Vidal


Gore Vidal Quote: “There are two things you never turn down: sex and appearing on television.”

There are two things you never turn down: sex and appearing on television.

— Gore Vidal



Gore Vidal Quote: “The four most beautiful words in our common language: I told you so.”

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

— Gore Vidal


Gore Vidal Quote: “I have no social position and I stay away from what is known as society as much as possible.”

I have no social position and I stay away from what is known as society as much as possible.

— Gore Vidal


Gore Vidal Quote: “Today’s public figures can no longer write their own speeches or books, and there is some evidence that they can’t read them either.”

Today’s public figures can no longer write their own speeches or books, and there is some evidence that they can’t read them either.

— Gore Vidal


Gore Vidal Quote: “The people are not stupid, but they are totally misinformed.”

The people are not stupid, but they are totally misinformed.

— Gore Vidal


Gore Vidal Quote: “I can understand companionship. I can understand bought sex in the afternoon. I cannot understand the love affair.”

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

— Gore Vidal


Gore Vidal Quote: “When you control opinion, as corporate America controls opinion in the United States by owning the media, you can make the masses believe almost anything you want, and guide them as you please.”

When you control opinion, as corporate America controls opinion in the United States by owning the media, you can make the masses believe almost anything you want, and guide them as you please.

— Gore Vidal


Gore Vidal Quote: “When anyone says to me, ‘Can you keep a secret?’ I say, ‘Why should I, if you can’t?’”

When anyone says to me, ‘Can you keep a secret?’ I say, ‘Why should I, if you can’t?’

— Gore Vidal


Gore Vidal Quote: “The word ‘radical’ derives from the Latin word for root. Therefore, if you want to get to the root of anything you must be radical. It is no accident that the word has now been totally demonized...”

The word ‘radical’ derives from the Latin word for root. Therefore, if you want to get to the root of anything you must be radical. It is no accident that the word has now been totally demonized...

— Gore Vidal


Gore Vidal Quote: “Think of the earth as a living organism that is being attacked by billions of bacteria whose numbers double every forty years. Either the host dies, or the virus dies, or both die.”

Think of the earth as a living organism that is being attacked by billions of bacteria whose numbers double every forty years. Either the host dies, or the virus dies, or both die.

— Gore Vidal


Gore Vidal Quote: “There’s no such thing as a war against terrorism. It’s idiotic. These are slogans. These are lies. It’s advertising, which is the only art form we ever invented and developed.”

There’s no such thing as a war against terrorism. It’s idiotic. These are slogans. These are lies. It’s advertising, which is the only art form we ever invented and developed.

— Gore Vidal



Gore Vidal Quote: “Reality is something the human race doesn’t handle very well.”

Reality is something the human race doesn’t handle very well.

— Gore Vidal


Gore Vidal Quote: “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.”

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.

— Gore Vidal


Gore Vidal Quote: “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.”

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.

— Gore Vidal


Gore Vidal Quote: “Television is a great leveler. You always end up sounding like the people who ask the questions.”

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

— Gore Vidal


Gore Vidal Quote: “It is of no consequence to you what others think of you. What matters is what you think of them. That is how you live your life.”

It is of no consequence to you what others think of you. What matters is what you think of them. That is how you live your life.

— Gore Vidal


Gore Vidal Quote: “In fact, life itself is a contradiction if only because birth is the direct cause, in every single case, of death.”

In fact, life itself is a contradiction if only because birth is the direct cause, in every single case, of death.

— Gore Vidal


Gore Vidal Quote: “I have been saying for the some time now that America has only one party – the property party. It’s the party of big corporation, the party of money. It has two right wings; one is Democrat and the other is Republican.”

I have been saying for the some time now that America has only one party – the property party. It’s the party of big corporation, the party of money. It has two right wings; one is Democrat and the other is Republican.

— Gore Vidal


Gore Vidal Quote: “The fool is often oblivious of his own gaucherie.”

The fool is often oblivious of his own gaucherie.

— Gore Vidal


Gore Vidal Quote: “Those who have not undergone minor disasters are usually being held in reserve for something major.”

Those who have not undergone minor disasters are usually being held in reserve for something major.

— Gore Vidal


Gore Vidal Quote: “Love is a fan club with only two fans.”

Love is a fan club with only two fans.

— Gore Vidal


Gore Vidal Quote: “I regard monotheism as the greatest disaster ever to befall the human race. I see no good in Judaism, Christianity, or Islam – good people.”

I regard monotheism as the greatest disaster ever to befall the human race. I see no good in Judaism, Christianity, or Islam – good people.

— Gore Vidal


Gore Vidal Quote: “History is idle gossip about a happening whose truth is lost the instant it has taken place.”

History is idle gossip about a happening whose truth is lost the instant it has taken place.

— Gore Vidal


Gore Vidal Quote: “Once people get hung up on theology, they’ve lost sanity forever.”

Once people get hung up on theology, they’ve lost sanity forever.

— Gore Vidal


Gore Vidal Quote: “You cannot get through the density of the propaganda with which the American people, through the dreaded media, have been filled and the horrible public educational system we have for the average person. It’s just grotesque.”

You cannot get through the density of the propaganda with which the American people, through the dreaded media, have been filled and the horrible public educational system we have for the average person. It’s just grotesque.

— Gore Vidal


Gore Vidal Quote: “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 that word had to be erased from our political lexicon.”

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 that word had to be erased from our political lexicon.

— Gore Vidal


Gore Vidal Quote: “I have always regarded as a stroke of good fortune that I was not born or brought up in a small American town; they may be the backbone of the nation, but they are also the backbone of ignorance, bigotry, and boredom, all in vast quantities.”

I have always regarded as a stroke of good fortune that I was not born or brought up in a small American town; they may be the backbone of the nation, but they are also the backbone of ignorance, bigotry, and boredom, all in vast quantities.

— Gore Vidal


Gore Vidal Quote: “Ideally, the writer needs no audience other than the few who understand that it is immodest and greedy to want more.”

Ideally, the writer needs no audience other than the few who understand that it is immodest and greedy to want more.

— Gore Vidal


Gore Vidal Quote: “To speak today of a famous novelist is like speaking of a famous cabinetmaker or speedboat designer. Adjective is inappropriate to noun.”

To speak today of a famous novelist is like speaking of a famous cabinetmaker or speedboat designer. Adjective is inappropriate to noun.

— Gore Vidal


Gore Vidal Quote: “Having no talent is no longer enough.”

Having no talent is no longer enough.

— Gore Vidal


Gore Vidal Quote: “We are the United States of Amnesia, we learn nothing because we remember nothing.”

We are the United States of Amnesia, we learn nothing because we remember nothing.

— Gore Vidal


Gore Vidal Quote: “I am a correctionist. If something is wrong in society, it must be fixed. At least one should try to fix it.”

I am a correctionist. If something is wrong in society, it must be fixed. At least one should try to fix it.

— Gore Vidal


Gore Vidal Quote: “Litigation takes the place of sex at middle age.”

Litigation takes the place of sex at middle age.

— Gore Vidal


Gore Vidal Quote: “Perfect love sometimes does not come until the first grandchild.”

Perfect love sometimes does not come until the first grandchild.

— Gore Vidal


Gore Vidal Quote: “Although the notion of one god may give comfort to those in need of a daddy, it reminds the rest of us that the totalitarian society is grounded upon the concept of God the father. One paternal god, one paternal leader. Authority is absolute.”

Although the notion of one god may give comfort to those in need of a daddy, it reminds the rest of us that the totalitarian society is grounded upon the concept of God the father. One paternal god, one paternal leader. Authority is absolute.

— Gore Vidal


Gore Vidal Quote: “I’m exactly as I appear. There is no warm, lovable person inside. Beneath my cold exterior, once you break the ice, you find cold water.”

I’m exactly as I appear. There is no warm, lovable person inside. Beneath my cold exterior, once you break the ice, you find cold water.

— Gore Vidal


Gore Vidal Quote: “To justify and extol human greed and egotism is to my mind not only immoral, but evil.”

To justify and extol human greed and egotism is to my mind not only immoral, but evil.

— Gore Vidal


Gore Vidal Quote: “I’m not sentimental about anything. Life flows by, and you flow with it or you don’t. Move on and move out.”

I’m not sentimental about anything. Life flows by, and you flow with it or you don’t. Move on and move out.

— Gore Vidal


Gore Vidal Quote: “We were to be forever at war with somebody. We were going to fight communism everywhere on earth even if it didn’t threaten us. It was a holy war, just as we’ve made one on terrorism and Islam, equally stupid and equally irrelevant.”

We were to be forever at war with somebody. We were going to fight communism everywhere on earth even if it didn’t threaten us. It was a holy war, just as we’ve made one on terrorism and Islam, equally stupid and equally irrelevant.

— Gore Vidal


Gore Vidal Quote: “Never offend an enemy in a small way.”

Never offend an enemy in a small way.

— Gore Vidal


Gore Vidal Quote: “You can improve your talent, but your talent is a given, a mysterious constant. You must make it the best of its kind.”

You can improve your talent, but your talent is a given, a mysterious constant. You must make it the best of its kind.

— Gore Vidal

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