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Any American who is prepared to run for president should automatically,
by Gore Vidal

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

Related topics: Politics

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Democracy is supposed to give you the feeling of choice,
like Painkiller X and Painkiller Y. But they're both just aspirin.
- 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

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

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

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

A good deed never goes unpunished.
- 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

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

Never have children, only grandchildren.
- Gore Vidal

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Litigation takes the place of sex at middle age.
- 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

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

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

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

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

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

We're not a democracy.
- 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

If you don't know where you're going,
any road will take you there.
- Lewis Carroll
(Alice in Wonderland)

Any fool can criticize, condemn and complain,
and most fools do.
- Benjamin Franklin

Change of any sort requires courage.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Our Joy comes from living our own lives simply -
never from demanding that others live simply -
or from ever making any demands whatsoever upon others.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Fear defeats more people than
any other one thing in the world.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

We who lived in concentration camps can remember the men
who walked through the huts comforting others,
giving away their last piece of bread...
They offer sufficient proof that everything
can be taken from a man but one thing:
to choose one's attitude in any given set of circumstances,
to choose one's own way.
- Viktor E. Frankl

The most common way people give up their power
is by thinking they don't have any.
- Alice Walker

When any situation arises which tempts you to become disturbed,
say: "There is another way of looking at this."
- A Course In Miracles

You can conquer almost any fear
if you will only make up your mind to do so.
For remember, fear doesn't exist
anywhere except in the mind.
- Dale Carnegie

You must not under any pretense allow
your mind to dwell on any thought
that is not positive, constructive, optimistic, kind.
- Emmet Fox

Any man who reads too much
and uses his own brain too little
falls into lazy habits of thinking.
- Albert Einstein

If there is any one secret of success,
it lies in the ability to get
the other person's point of view
and see things from that person's angle
as well as from your own.
- Henry Ford

There is only one time that is important - NOW!
It is the most important time because
it is the only time that we have any power.
- Leo Tolstoy

If you're doing your best,
you won't have any time to worry about failure.
- H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

Choose to See Beauty and Joy:
Much in life can be seen as ugly or beautiful - it's our choice.
Why would we choose to see any part of life as ugly?
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

When you are in any contest,
you should work as if there were -
to the very last minute - a chance to lose it.
This is battle, this is politics, this is anything.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower


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