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As the age of television progresses the Reagans will be the rule,
by 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.
- Gore Vidal

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

Apparently, a democracy is a place where numerous elections
are held at great cost without issues and with interchangeable candidates.
- Gore Vidal

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.
- Gore Vidal

 

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

The behaviour of President Bush on 11 September certainly
gives rise to not unnatural suspicions.
- Gore Vidal

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

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Write something, even if it's just a suicide note.
- Gore Vidal

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

Television is now so desperately hungry for material
that they're scraping the top of the barrel.
- Gore Vidal

Writing fiction has become a priestly business in countries
that have lost their faith.
- Gore Vidal

In America, the race goes to the loud,
the solemn, the hustler.
If you think you're a great writer, you must say that you are.
- 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

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

In writing and politicking, it's best not to think about it,
just do it.
- Gore Vidal

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

We're not a democracy.
- Gore Vidal

One is sorry one could not have taken both branches of the road.
But we were not allotted multiple selves.
- Gore Vidal

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

By the time a man gets to be presidential material,
he's been bought ten times over.
- Gore Vidal

On 16 September 1985, when the Commerce Department
announced that the United States had become a debtor nation,
the American Empire died.
- Gore Vidal

There is no such thing as a homosexual or a heterosexual person.
There are only homo- or heterosexual acts.
Most people are a mixture of impulses if not practices.
- Gore Vidal

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

A narcissist is someone better looking than you are.
- Gore Vidal

Never have children, only grandchildren.
- Gore Vidal

Now you have people in Washington who have no interest in the country at all.
They're interested in their companies,
their corporations grabbing Caspian oil.
- Gore Vidal

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

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

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

Litigation takes the place of sex at middle age.
- Gore Vidal

Andy Warhol is the only genius I've ever known with an I.Q.
of 60.
- Gore Vidal

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

It is the spirit of the age to believe that any fact,
no matter how suspect, is superior to any imaginative exercise,
no matter how true.
- Gore Vidal

All in all, I would not have missed this century for the world.
- Gore Vidal

To a man, ornithologists are tall, slender,
and bearded so that they can stand motionless for hours,
imitating kindly trees, as they watch for birds.
- Gore Vidal

That loyal retainer of the Chase Manhattan Bank,
the American president.
- 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.
- Gore Vidal

That is sad until one recalls how many bad books the
world may yet be spared because of the busyness of writers.
- Gore Vidal

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

A good deed never goes unpunished.
- Gore Vidal

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.
- Gore Vidal

Many writers who choose to be active in the world lose not virtue but time,
and that stillness without which literature cannot be made.
- Gore Vidal

Every time a friend succeeds, I die a little.
- Gore Vidal

Fifty percent of people won't vote, and fifty percent don't read newspapers.
I hope it's the same fifty percent.
- Gore Vidal

I never miss a chance to have sex or appear on television.
- Gore Vidal

Our form of democracy is bribery, on the highest scale.
- Gore Vidal

I'm all for bringing back the birch,
but only between consenting adults.
- 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 to confuse, so that at election time people
will solemnly vote against their own interests.
- Gore Vidal

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

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.
- Gore Vidal

We must declare ourselves, become known;
allow the world to discover this subterranean life
of ours which connects kings and farm boys,
artists and clerks.
Let them see that the important thing is not the object of love,
but the emotion itself.
- Gore Vidal

Self-respect is not a function of size, age, or wealth.
Breathe deep, sing loud and sweet,
"I am me, I am unique, I am magnificent."
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

It is never too late to become what you might have been.
- George Eliot

None are so old as those who have outlived enthusiasm.
- Henry David Thoreau

And in the end, it's not
the years in your life that count,
it's the life in your years.
- Abraham Lincoln

I'm at an age when my back goes out more than I do.
- Phyllis Diller

Dreams are renewable no matter what our age.
- Dale Turner

Age does not protect you from love.
But love, to some extent, protects you from age.
- Anais Nin

Life is to be taken lightly
by those who wish to be happy
and by those who wish to age gracefully.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The heresy of one age becomes the orthodoxy of the next.
- Helen Keller

The golden age is before us, not behind us.
- William Shakespeare

The heresy of one age becomes the orthodoxy of the next.
Mere tolerance has given place to a sentiment of brotherhood
between sincere men of all denominations.
- Helen Keller

Habits age men before their time.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Keep courage. Whatever you do,
do not feel sorry for yourself.
You will win in a great age of opportunity.
- Richard L. Evans

I'm not interested in age.
People who tell me their age are silly.
You're as old as you feel.
- Henri Frederic Amiel

Age does not diminish the extreme disappointment of
having a scoop of ice cream fall from the cone.
- Jim Fiebig

Old age is like everything else.
To make a success of it, you've got to start young.
- Theodore Roosevelt


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