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Gore Vidal Quotes: The four most beautiful words in our common language: I told you so.
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Gore Vidal Quote: When Ronald Reagan's career in show business came to an end, he was hired to impersonate, first, a California governor and then an American president who would reduce taxes for his employers, the Southern and Western New Rich, much of whose money came from the defence industries. There is nothing unusual about this arrangement. All recent presidents have had their price-tags.
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Quotes about Gore Vidal: It doesn't actually make any difference whether the President is Republican or Democrat. The genius of the American ruling class is that it has been able to make the people think that they have had something to do with the electing of presidents for 200 years when they've had absolutely nothing to say about the candidates or the policies or the way the country is run.
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Quote about Gore Vidal: Sex was a great no-no for Americans, so that was obviously an attraction to the writers, and since sex is a great part of most people's lives, it's a great subject.
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Gore Vidal Sayings: It is natural for men to want power. But to seek power actively takes a temperament baffling to both the simple and the wise. The simple cannot fathom how any man would dare presume to prevail, while the wise are amazed that any reasonable man would want the world, assuming he could get it.
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Gore Vidal Saying: It was a pity that movies and live TV left New York for Hollywood. London theater, movies, television - until (Britain's) money ran out - were always better than ours since the city was the political capital of the country, as well as the artistic and literary one. In L.A. we've always been slightly sealed off from real life. It's no accident that two of our most interesting directors, Woody Allen and Bob Altman, are more or less settled in the real world.
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Sayings about Gore Vidal: I have begun writing what I have said I'd never write, a memoir (
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Saying about Gore Vidal: Writers who teach tend to prefer literary theory to literature and tenure to all else. Writers who do not teach prefer the contemplation of Careers to art of any kind.
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Gore Vidal Quotes: The Americans are clever. They thoroughly understand things that have to do with money, war, death, sickness. And there is also a real tradition of skepticism in this country.
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Gore Vidal Quote: I'm in favor of any form of sexual relationship that gives pleasure to those involved. And I have never heard a convincing argument to the contrary.
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Quotes about Gore Vidal: 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.
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Quote about Gore Vidal: The problem with most Americans is that they don't like any question that takes more than ten seconds to answer.
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Gore Vidal Sayings: Class is the most difficult subject for American writers to deal with as it is the most difficult for the English to avoid.
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Gore Vidal Saying: You know, I've been around the ruling class all my life, and I've been quite aware of their total contempt for the people of the country.
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Sayings about Gore Vidal: Come to me and show me a small cancer and I'll tell you you've got a small cancer that should be cut out. That's realism but in America it's called cynicism.
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Saying about Gore Vidal: I don't seem to be cynical to myself but how what I say goes down with others is their problem. I'm realistic.
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Gore Vidal Quotes: I like the distance that Europe gives me. Also if I stayed in America I'd be a full-time politician and have no time for writing, which is why I went to Europe to live in 1961.
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Gore Vidal Quote: The United States is my subject, but as Hawthorne once wrote,
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