Gore Vidal Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old gore vidal quotes, gore vidal sayings, and gore vidal proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


Whenever a friend succeeds, a little something in me dies.     

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We must always remember that the police are recruited from the criminal classes.     

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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.     

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Democracy is supposed to give you a feeling of choice, like painkiller x and painkiller y. But they're both just aspirin.     

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A narcissist is someone better looking than you are.     

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

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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.     

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Southerners make such good novelists; they have so many good stories because they have so much family.     

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It's not enough to succeed. Others must fail.     

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One's neighbor is always the enemy. That is the nature of things.     

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Television is now so desperately hungry for material that they're scraping the top of the barrel.     

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To bring into the world an unwanted human being is as antisocial an act as murder.     

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Realism has always been called cynicism.     

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France is a nation devoted to the false hypothesis on which it then builds marvelously logical structures.     

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A racial or religious or tribal identity is a kind of fact.     

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If satire is to be effective, the audience must be aware of the thing satirized.     

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It is essential to naturalist doctrine that literature, to be good, must, finally, be the author's experience worked out literally.     

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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.     

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