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Gore Vidal Quotes

A good deed never goes unpunished.

A narcissist is someone better looking than you are.

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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.

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

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

Every time a friend succeeds, I die a little.

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

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

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

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

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.

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

It is not enough to succeed. Others must fail.

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.