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He who is last had best laugh.
— Gore Vidal
Fortunately, our audiences are used to a kind of boredom in the theatre, and if the writer is skillful, he will flatter them into thinking: 'Why, that's us up there, and aren't we - for all our little foibles - pretty nice guys and gals?'
— Gore Vidal
Both Marx and Christ agree that in this life, a right action is consideration for the welfare of others.
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— Gore Vidal
In the German concentration camps, Jews wore yellow stars while homosexuals wore pink lambdas.
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— Gore Vidal
As a schoolboy, I read most of Carl Sandburg's six-volume biography of Abraham Lincoln.
tags: read
— 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.
tags: work depression progress year
— Gore Vidal
We're not a democracy.
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— Gore Vidal
It is true, as Sartre once wrote, referring to French Army atrocities in Algeria, that the real tragedy in our time is that any of us can be, interchangeably, victim or torturer.
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— 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.
tags: living liberty
— Gore Vidal
There is only one party in the United States: the Property party... and it has two right wings: Republican and Democrat.
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— Gore Vidal
The United States is a madhouse.
— Gore Vidal
I am not, at heart, a playwright.
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— Gore Vidal
You cannot deprive somebody of life, liberty, pursuit of happiness, because that is a right - constitutional right.
tags: happiness right liberty
— Gore Vidal
I didn't mean to spend my life writing American history, which should have been taught in the schools, but I saw no alternative but to taking it on myself. I could think of a lot of cheerier things I'd rather be doing than analyzing George Washington and Aaron Burr. But it came to pass, that was my job, so I did it.
tags: job school writing american
— Gore Vidal
My father once said something very shrewd about me to a woman journalist who had told him how courageous she thought I was for always speaking my mind. My father said, 'If you couldn't care less what anyone says about you, then it's not courage.'
tags: women thoughts care mind courage father
— Gore Vidal
The only thing that I react really violently to is being misquoted.
— Gore Vidal
I think I have a normal threshold of anger, but it's true that I am, by nature, belligerent.
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— Gore Vidal
I'm not paranoid, no. I'm different in that I have enemies. Very real ones.
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— Gore Vidal
I never said I was gay, because I don't think anyone is.
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— Gore Vidal
I was like everyone else when Obama was elected - optimistic.
— Gore Vidal
From April 1775 to July 1776, the undeclared war between England and its American colonies smoldered, flared up, appeared to sputter out... It was hardly, ever, a mass rebellion.
tags: war american england april
— Gore Vidal
On September 5, 1774, forty-five of the weightiest colonial men formed the First Continental Congress at Philadelphia.
tags: men congress
— Gore Vidal
In essence, Clinton's Anti-Terrorism Act would set up a national police force, over the long-dead bodies of the founders.
tags: body
— Gore Vidal
'The Turner Diaries' is a racist daydream by a former physics teacher writing under the pseudonym Andrew Macdonald.
tags: writing physics
— Gore Vidal
Like the TV networks, once our government has a hit, it will be repeated over and over again.
tags: government
— Gore Vidal
I'm always an optimist!
— Gore Vidal
Boys don't like girls around when they do boy things.
tags: girls boys
— Gore Vidal
Every generation gets the Tiny Tim it deserves.
— Gore Vidal
I know a lot of the Annapolis breed.
— Gore Vidal
Remember, I'm West Point, where I was born. My father went there.
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— Gore Vidal
I don't even read most reviews, unless there is a potential lawsuit on view.
tags: potential read
— Gore Vidal
I can't name three first-rate literary critics in the United States. I'm told there are a few hidden away at universities, but they don't print them in 'The New York Times.'
tags: time university
— Gore Vidal
My family is Southern. I'm used to Bill Clintons.
— Gore Vidal
Does one ever read a politician's books?
tags: read
— Gore Vidal
As for my support for Obama, remember that I was brought up in Washington. It was an all-black city when I was a kid. And I've always been very pro-African-American - or whatever phrase we now use.
tags: kids
— Gore Vidal
In the writing of novels, there is the problem of how to shape a narrative.
tags: problem novel writing
— Gore Vidal
Certainly 'The Judgment of Paris' was the novel in which I found my own voice.
tags: novel
— Gore Vidal
Between fourteen and nineteen, I must have begun and abandoned six novels.
tags: novel
— Gore Vidal
Actually, I can't remember when I was not writing.
tags: writing
— Gore Vidal
Didn't George Washington say, 'He who controls Afghanistan will carry New Jersey?'
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— Gore Vidal
gore vidal
Birth    : October 3, 1925
Death  : July 31, 2012
Occupation  : Writer