Gore Vidal quotes

Born
October 3, 1925 West Point, New York, U.S.

Died
July 31, 2012.

Occupation
Writer, novelist.

Gore Vidal was an American writer and public intellectual known for his patrician manner, epigrammatic wit, and polished style of writing.

At any given moment, public opinion is a chaos of superstition, misinformation and prejudice.
– Gore Vidal
I’m not a conspiracy theorist – I’m a conspiracy analyst.
– Gore Vidal
He who is last had best laugh.
– Gore Vidal
You cannot deprive somebody of life, liberty, pursuit of happiness, because that is a right – constitutional right.
– Gore Vidal
I’m not paranoid, no. I’m different in that I have enemies. Very real ones.
– Gore Vidal
Envy is the central fact of American life.
– Gore Vidal
Style is knowing who you are, what you want to say, and not giving a damn.
– Gore Vidal
Writing fiction has become a priestly business in countries that have lost their faith.
– Gore Vidal
Litigation takes the place of sex at middle age.
– Gore Vidal
Half of the American people have never read a newspaper. Half never voted for President. One hopes it is the same half.
– Gore Vidal
By 1939, the Depression was back. Unemployment was huge. Roosevelt didn’t have any quick fix. Remember, the New Deal, Works Progress Administration, and Civilian Conservation Corps – all that happened years before. Roosevelt was riding a storm.
– Gore Vidal
My father had lifelong contempt for politicians.
– Gore Vidal
Both Marx and Christ agree that in this life, a right action is consideration for the welfare of others.
– Gore Vidal
My family is Southern. I’m used to Bill Clintons.
– Gore Vidal
All in all, I would not have missed this century for the world.
– Gore Vidal
One is sorry one could not have taken both branches of the road. But we were not allotted multiple selves.
– Gore Vidal
I am only at home in the present.
– Gore Vidal
I think there is an instinct out there to rid us of our masters.
– Gore Vidal
Our form of democracy is bribery, on the highest scale.
– Gore Vidal
Write something, even if it’s just a suicide note.
– Gore Vidal
It is not enough to succeed. Others must fail.
– Gore Vidal
Whenever a friend succeeds, a little something in me dies.
– Gore Vidal
Why not just eliminate the federal income tax?
– Gore Vidal
A racial or religious or tribal identity is a kind of fact.
– Gore Vidal
It’s odd to meet a rather elderly man who says, ‘I’ve been reading you all my life.’ It makes you feel a slight chill.
– Gore Vidal
The unfed mind devours itself.
– Gore Vidal
Never have children, only grandchildren.
– Gore Vidal
Anybody who is stupid enough to want to be remembered deserves to be forgotten right now.
– Gore Vidal
The United States is a madhouse.
– Gore Vidal
Actually, I can’t remember when I was not writing.
– Gore Vidal
It is always a delicate matter, when a friend or acquaintance becomes president.
– Gore Vidal
History is nothing but gossip about the past, with the hope that it might be true.
– Gore Vidal
As for civil liberties, any one who is not vigilant may one day find himself living, if not in a police state, at least in a police city.
– Gore Vidal