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Gore Vidal quotes

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

The four most beautiful words in our common language: I told you so.

What other culture could have produced someone like Hemmingway and not seen the joke?

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.

The genius of our ruling class is that it has kept a majority of the people from ever questioning the inequity of a system where most people drudge along, paying heavy taxes for which they get nothing in return.

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

The corporate grip on opinion in the United States is one of the wonders of the Western world. No First World country has ever managed to eliminate so entirely from its media all objectivity - much less dissent.

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

A good deed never goes unpunished.

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

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

A narcissist is someone better looking than you are.

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

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

It is not enough to succeed. Others must fail.

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

Our form of democracy is bribery, on the highest scale.

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

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

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