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All Quotes by author - Gore Vidal
" Actually, I can't remember when I was not writing. "
" A friend was surprised to hear me say that there was not one moment of my past that I would like to relive. "
" After adolescence, if one's life is sufficiently interesting, the desire to tell oneself stories diminishes. "
" After the French Revolution, the world money power shifted from Paris to London. For three generations, the British maintained an old-fashioned colonial empire, as well as a modern empire based on London's primacy in the money markets. "
" All children alarm their parents, if only because you are forever expecting to encounter yourself. "
" All in all, I would not have missed this century for the world. "
" American history has fallen more and more into the hands of academics. "
" Americans are future-minded to the point of obsession. We are impatient at living in the present. Tomorrow is bound to be better... next year, next century, always what might be rather than what is. This trait in us makes for 'progress;' it also makes for a continuing dissatisfaction. "
" Americans have no idea of the extent of their government's mischief... the number of military strikes we have made unprovoked, against other countries, since 1947 is more than 250. "
" Americans, in general, are ignorant, bigoted, and deeply unhappy with their declining incomes. "
" A narcissist is someone better looking than you are. "
" Andy Warhol is the only genius I've ever known with an I.Q. of 60. "
" An important governorship used to be the best springboard for would-be presidents. "
" Any American who is prepared to run for president should automatically, by definition, be disqualified from ever doing so. "
" Anybody who is stupid enough to want to be remembered deserves to be forgotten right now. "
" Apparently, a democracy is a place where numerous elections are held at great cost without issues and with interchangeable candidates. "
" A racial or religious or tribal identity is a kind of fact. "
" As a schoolboy, I read most of Carl Sandburg's six-volume biography of Abraham Lincoln. "
" 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. "
" 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. "
" 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. "
" As the age of television progresses the Reagans will be the rule, not the exception. To be perfect for television is all a President has to be these days. "
" At any given moment, public opinion is a chaos of superstition, misinformation and prejudice. "
" Ayn Rand is a rhetorician who writes novels I have never been able to read. "
" Baseball is the favorite American sport because it's so slow. Any idiot can follow it. And just about any idiot can play it. "
" Because there is no cosmic point to the life that each of us perceives on this distant bit of dust at the galaxy's edge... there is all the more reason for us to maintain in proper balance what we have here. Because there is nothing else. No thing. This is it. And quite enough, all in all. "
" Between fourteen and nineteen, I must have begun and abandoned six novels. "
" Both Marx and Christ agree that in this life, a right action is consideration for the welfare of others. "
" Boys don't like girls around when they do boy things. "
" 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. "
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