Quotes by Gore Vidal

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

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

I'm a born-again atheist.

There is no human problem which could not be solved if people would simply do as I advise.

A good deed never goes unpunished.

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.

Every time a friend succeeds, I die a little.

It's not enough to succeed. Others must fail.

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

We must declare ourselves, become known; allow the world to discover this subterranean life of ours which connects kings and farm boys, artists and clerks. Let them see that the important thing is not the object of love, but the emotion itself.