Gore Vidal

(1925-2012 / West Point, New York)

Gore Vidal Quotes

  • ''Writing fiction has become a priestly business in countries that have lost their faith.''
    Gore Vidal (b. 1925), U.S. novelist, critic. Independent (London, Aug. 16, 1989).
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  • ''Some writers take to drink, others take to audiences.''
    Gore Vidal (b. 1925), U.S. novelist, critic. First published in Paris Review (1981). Interview in Writers at Work, Fifth Series, ed. George Plimpton.
  • ''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 (b. 1925), U.S. novelist, critic. Interview in Writers at Work, Fifth Series, ed. George Plimpton (1981).
  • ''Democracy is supposed to give you the feeling of choice, like Painkiller X and Painkiller Y. But they're both just aspirin.''
    Gore Vidal (b. 1925), U.S. novelist, critic. Interview with author Martin Amis, Observer (London, Feb. 7, 1982).
  • ''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 (b. 1925), U.S. novelist, critic. "Mongolia!" Armageddon? Essays 1983-1987 (1987).
  • ''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 (b. 1925), U.S. novelist, critic. Newsweek (New York, Mar. 25, 1968).
  • ''A talent for drama is not a talent for writing, but is an ability to articulate human relationships.''
    Gore Vidal (b. 1925), U.S. novelist, critic. New York Times (June 17, 1956).
  • ''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 (b. 1925), U.S. novelist, critic. repr. In Homage to Daniel Shays: Collected Essays 1952-1972 (1974). "Norman Mailer's Self-Advertisements," Nation (New York, Jan. 2, 1960).
  • ''If most men and women were forced to rely upon physical charm to attract lovers, their sexual lives would be not only meager but in a youth-worshiping country like America painfully brief.''
    Gore Vidal (b. 1925), U.S. novelist, critic. "Notes on Pornography," published in New York Review of Books (March 31, 1966).
  • ''All in all, I would not have missed this century for the world.''
    Gore Vidal (b. 1925), U.S. novelist, critic. Observer (London, Dec. 31, 1989).

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