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Gore Vidal Quotes

A good writer is supposed to be a bitch. – Gore Vidal

I’m a warm heart wrapped in a cold exterior. – Gore Vidal

The four most beautiful words in our common language: ‘I told you so.’ – Gore Vidal

I’m all in favor of the democratic principle that one idiot is as good as one genius, but I draw the line when someone takes the next step and concludes that two idiots are better than one genius. – Gore Vidal

There is no human problem which could not be solved if people would simply do as I advise. – Gore Vidal

Every time a friend of mine succeeds, a small part of me dies. – Gore Vidal

Genius is the ability to put into effect what is on your mind. – Gore Vidal

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

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

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

Success is not enough. One’s friends must still fail. – Gore Vidal

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 used to confuse, so that at election time people will solemnly vote against their own interests. – Gore Vidal

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

It is not enough to succeed. Others must fail. – Gore Vidal

There is no human problem which could not be solved if people would simply do as I advise. – Gore Vidal

The more money an American accumulates, the less interesting he becomes. – Gore Vidal

Some writers take to drink, others take to audiences. – Gore Vidal

Whenever a friend succeeds, a little something in me dies. – Gore Vidal

The unfed mind devours itself. – Gore Vidal

Any American who is prepared to run for president should automatically by definition be disqualified from ever doing so. – Gore Vidal

The ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm is what separates great writers from the mediocre ones. – Gore Vidal

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

Hollywood is so crooked that Mafia gangsters are entirely outclassed and don’t stand a chance. People in Hollywood are smarter. They have more sophisticated knowledge of money and deals and how to steal legally rather than illegally. – Gore Vidal

The more money an American accumulates, the less interesting he becomes. – Gore Vidal

It is not enough to succeed. Others must fail. – Gore Vidal

The unfed mind devours itself. – Gore Vidal

Any American who is prepared to run for president should automatically by definition be disqualified from ever doing so. – Gore Vidal

The ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm is what separates great writers from the mediocre ones. – Gore Vidal

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

Hollywood is so crooked that Mafia gangsters are entirely outclassed and don’t stand a chance. People in Hollywood are smarter. They have more sophisticated knowledge of money and deals and how to steal legally rather than illegally. – Gore Vidal

The only thing more pathetic than a slut is the person who chooses to associate with her. – 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. – Gore Vidal

It is not enough to succeed. Others must fail. – Gore Vidal

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

Every time a friend succeeds, a small part of me dies. – Gore Vidal

True terror is to wake up one morning and discover that your high school class is running the country. – Gore Vidal

The unfed mind devours itself. – 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. – Gore Vidal

It is not enough to succeed. Others must fail. – Gore Vidal

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

Every time a friend succeeds, a small part of me dies. – Gore Vidal

True terror is to wake up one morning and discover that your high school class is running the country. – Gore Vidal

I’m a warm heart wrapped in a cold exterior. – Gore Vidal

The four most beautiful words in our common language: ‘I told you so.’ – Gore Vidal

A good writer is supposed to be a bitch. – Gore Vidal

I’m all in favor of the democratic principle that one idiot is as good as one genius, but I draw the line when someone takes the next step and concludes that two idiots are better than one genius. – Gore Vidal

There is no human problem which could not be solved if people would simply do as I advise. – Gore Vidal

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

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

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