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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.
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#American Novelist #Class

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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.
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#American Novelist #Life

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It is marvelous indeed to watch on television the rings of Saturn close; and to speculate on what we may yet find at galaxy's edge. But in the process, we have lost the human element; not to mention the high hope of those quaint days when flight would create ''one world.'' Instead of one world, we have ''star wars,'' and a future in which dumb dented human toys will drift mindlessly about the cosmos long after our small planet's dead.
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#Television #Space

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I like the way you always manage to state the obvious with a sense of real discovery.
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#Discovery

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Writing fiction has become a priestly business in countries that have lost their faith.
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#American Novelist #Business

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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.
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#American Novelist

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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.
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#American Novelist

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Apparently, a democracy is a place where numerous elections are held at great cost without issues and with interchangeable candidates.
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#American Novelist

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

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

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Teaching has ruined more American novelists than drink
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#Teaching

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I find in most novels no imagination at all. They seem to think the highest form of the novel is to write about marriage, because that's the most important thing there is for middle-class people.
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#Imagination #Fiction

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Our form of democracy is bribery, on the highest scale.
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#American Novelist #Democracy

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Never have children, only grand children.
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#American Novelist #Children

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

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In writing and politicking, it's best not to think about it, just do it.
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#American Novelist

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There is no human problem which could not be solved if people would simply do as I advise.
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#American Novelist

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

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A good deed never goes unpunished.
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#American Novelist

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Some writers take to drink, others take to audiences.
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#American Novelist

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The more money an American accumulates, the less interesting he becomes.
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#American Novelist

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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.
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#American Novelist #Man