Gore Vidal

(1925-2012 / West Point, New York)

Gore Vidal Quotes

  • ''It is not enough to succeed. Others must fail.''
    Gore Vidal (b. 1925), U.S. novelist, critic. quoted in Antipanegyric for Tom Driberg (requiem mass), Dec. 8, 1976, Reverend Gerard Irvine. Other sources give "It is not enough to be seen to succeed—others must be seen to fail."
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  • ''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.''
    Gore Vidal (b. 1925), U.S. novelist, critic. Quoted in Observer (London, Feb. 7, 1982). In the same newspaper, April 26, 1981, Vidal was quoted as describing Reagan as "a triumph of the embalmer's art."
  • ''A triumph of the embalmer's art.''
    Gore Vidal (b. 1925), U.S. novelist, critic. Quoted in Observer (London, April 26, 1981). referring to Reagan. In the same newspaper, Feb. 7, 1982, Vidal was quoted: "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."
  • ''A narcissist is someone better looking than you are.''
    Gore Vidal (b. 1925), U.S. novelist, critic. Quoted in San Francisco Chronicle (April 12, 1981).
  • ''Whenever a friend succeeds, a little something in me dies.''
    Gore Vidal (b. 1925), U.S. novelist, critic. quoted in Sunday Times Magazine (London, Sept. 16, 1973).
  • ''I'm all for bringing back the birch, but only between consenting adults.''
    Gore Vidal (b. 1925), U.S. novelist, critic. TV interview with David Frost. Quoted in Sunday Times Magazine (London, September 16, 1973).

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