Gore Vidal Quotes


Best 31 Quotes by Gore Vidal – Page 1 of 2

“A narcissist is someone better looking than you are.”

“Andy Warhol is the only genius I've ever known with an IQ of 60.”

“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.”

“I sometimes think it is because they are so bad at expressing themselves verbally that writers take to pen and paper in the first place.”

“I suspect that one of the reasons we create fiction is to make sex exciting.”

“I’m not sentimental about anything. Life flows by, and you flow with it or you don’t. Move on and move out.”

“It is not enough merely to win; others must lose.”

“Love is a fan club with only two fans.”

“Monotheism is easily the greatest disaster to befall the human race.”

“Never have children, only grandchildren.”

“Southerners make good novelists: they have so many stories because they have so much family.”

“Style is knowing who you are, what you want to say, and not giving a damn.”

“The American press exists for one purpose only, and that is to convince Americans that they are living in the greatest and most envied country in the history of the world. The Press tells the American people how awful every other country is and how wonderful the United States is and how evil communism is and how happy they should be to have freedom to buy seven different sorts of detergent.”

“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.”

“The unfed mind devours itself.”

“There is no human problem which could not be solved if people would simply do as I advise.”

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“There is only one party in the United States, the Property Party… and it has two right wings: Republican and Democrat.”

“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.”

“We are the United States of Amnesia, we learn nothing because we remember nothing.”

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

“Write what you know will always be excellent advice for those who ought not to write at all. Write what you think, what you imagine, what you suspect!”

“You can't really succeed with a novel anyway; they're too big. It's like city planning. You can't plan a perfect city because there's too much going on that you can't take into account. You can, however, write a perfect sentence now and then. I have.”

Death Before Bedtime Quotes

“I have always regarded as a stroke of good fortune that I was not born or brought up in a small American town; they may be the backbone of the nation, but they are also the backbone of ignorance, bigotry, and boredom, all in vast quantities.”

Death Before Bedtime

Julian Quotes

“How marvelous books are, crossing worlds and centuries, defeating ignorance and, finally, cruel time itself.”


“Never offend an enemy in a small way.”


“Traitors who prevail are patriots; usurpers who succeed are divine emperors.”


On President George W. Bush Quotes

“Little Bush says we are at war, but we are not at war because to be
at war Congress has to vote for it. He says we are at war on terror,
but that is a metaphor, though I doubt if he knows what that means.
It's like having a war on dandruff, it's endless and pointless.”

On President George W. Bush

Point to Point Navigation Quotes

“Never pass up the opportunity to have sex or appear on television.

Advice I would never give today in the age of AIDS and its television equivalent Fox News.”

Point to Point Navigation

Screening History Quotes

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

Screening History

Sexually Speaking Quotes

“Actually, there is no such thing as a h*mosexual person, any more than there is such a thing as a heterosexual person. The words are adjectives describing sexual acts, not people. The sexual acts are entirely normal; if they were not, no one would perform them.”

Sexually Speaking

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