111 Total Quotes

Gore Vidal Quotes

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
#American Novelist

Gore Vidal
Style is knowing who you are, what you want to say, and not giving a damn.
Gore Vidal
#American Novelist #Character

Gore Vidal
I am an obsessive rewriter, doing one draft and then another and another, usually five. In a way, I have nothing to say, but a great deal to add.
Gore Vidal
#Draft

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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.
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#American Novelist #Books And Reading

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.
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#American Novelist #Adulthood

Gore Vidal
I never miss a chance to have sex or appear on television.
Gore Vidal
#American Novelist

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.
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#American Novelist #Memory

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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
#American Novelist

Gore Vidal
roughly 80 percent of police work in the United States has to do with the regulation of our private morals…controlling what we drink, eat, smoke, put into our veins ... with whom and how we have sex or gamble.
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#Police

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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
#American Novelist #Country

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For half a century photography has been the "art form" of the untalented. Obviously some pictures are more satisfactory than others, but where is credit due? to the designer of the camera? To the finger on the button? To the law of averages?
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#Art

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I'm all for bringing back the birch, but only between consenting adults
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#Adults

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Litigation takes the place of sex at middle age.
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#American Novelist #Age And Aging

Gore Vidal
By 1948, the Italians had begun to pull themselves together, demonstrating once more their astonishing ability to cope with disaster which is so perfectly balanced by their absolute inability to deal with success
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#Ability

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.
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#American Novelist #Books And Reading

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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.
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#Acts

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That loyal retainer of the Chase Manhattan Bank, the American president.
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#American Novelist

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Many writers who choose to be active in the world lose not virtue but time, and that stillness without which literature cannot be made.
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#American Novelist #Literature

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A talent for drama is not a talent for writing, but is an ability to articulate human relationships.
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#Ability #Theater

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I'm a born-again atheist
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#Atheist

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