Quotations The Best Gore Vidal Quotes  

150 votes 35 voters 7.3k views 35 items

List Rules Must be a famous or well-known quote. If a quote is cut off you can hover over the text to see the full quote.

A list of the best Gore Vidal quotes. This list is arranged by which famous Gore Vidal quotes have received the most votes, so only the greatest Gore Vidal quotes are at the top of the list. All the most popular quotes from Gore Vidal should be listed here, but if any were missed you can add more at the end of the list. This list includes notable Gore Vidal quotes on various subjects, many of which are inspirational and thought provoking.

This list answers the questions, "What are the best Gore Vidal quotes?" and "What is the most famous Gore Vidal quote?"

You can see what subjects these historic Gore Vidal quotes fall under displayed to the right of the quote. Be sure to vote so your favorite Gore Vidal saying won't fall to the bottom of the list.
list ordered by

8 0
In America, the race goes to the loud, the solemn, the hustler. If you think you're a great writer, you must say that you are. Gore Vidal

6 0
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 Gore Vidal

9 1
Apparently, a democracy is a place where numerous elections are held at great cost without issues and with interchangeable candidates. Gore Vidal

9 3
Democracy is supposed to give you the feeling of choice, like Painkiller X and Painkiller Y. But they're both just aspirin. Gore Vidal

5 0
It makes no difference whom you vote for -- the two parties are really one party representing four percent of the people. Gore Vidal

7 2
Whenever a friend succeeds, a little something in me dies. Gore Vidal

6 2
It is the spirit of the age to believe that any fact, no matter how suspect, is superior to any imaginative exercise, no matter how true. Gore Vidal

6 2
Think of the earth as a living organism that is being attacked by billions of bacteria whose numbers double every forty years. Either the host dies, or the virus dies, or both die. Gore Vidal

5 1
Never miss a chance to have sex or appear on television. Gore Vidal

4 0
A narcissist is someone better looking than you are. Gore Vidal

4 0
Never have children, only grand children. Gore Vidal

4 0
I'm all for bringing back the birch, but only between consenting adults. Gore Vidal

4 0
Style is knowing who you are, what to say, and not giving a damn. Gore Vidal

5 2
I find in most novels no imagination at all. They seem to think the highest form of the novel is to write about marriage, because that's the most important thing there is for middle-class people. Gore Vidal

4 1
Writing fiction has become a priestly business in countries that have lost their faith. Gore Vidal

4 1
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. Gore Vidal

4 1
There is no such thing as a homosexual or a heterosexual person. There are only homo -- or heterosexual acts. Most people are a mixture of impulses if not practices. Gore Vidal

3 0
On 16 September 1985, when the Commerce Department announced that the United States had become a debtor nation, the American Empire died. Gore Vidal

3 1
There is hardly an American male of my generation who has not at one time or another tried to master the victory cry of the great ape as it issued from the androgynous chest of Johnny Weissmuller, to the accompaniment of thousands of arms and legs snapping during attempts to swing from tree to tree in the backyards of the Republic. Gore Vidal

3 1
I never miss a chance to have sex or appear on television. Gore Vidal

2 0
To a man, ornithologists are tall, slender, and bearded so that they can stand motionless for hours, imitating kindly trees, as they watch for birds. Gore Vidal

2 0
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. Gore Vidal

2 0
Many writers who choose to be active in the world lose not virtue but time, and that stillness without which literature cannot be made. Gore Vidal

2 1
The last best hope of earth, two trillion dollars in debt, is spinning out of control, and all we can do is stare at a flickering cathode-ray tube as Ollie answers questions on TV while the press, resolutely irrelevant as ever, asks politicians if they have committed adultery. From V-J Day 1945 to this has been, my fellow countrymen, a perfect nightmare. Gore Vidal

2 1
Some writers take to drink, others take to audiences. Gore Vidal