Gore Vidal Quotes (161 quotes)
“Apparently, a democracy is a place where numerous elections are held at great cost without issues and with interchangeable candidates.”
Gods and Greens (1989) - A View from the Diner's Club (1991)
“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.”
The Decline and Fall of the American Empire (1992)
“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.”
Quoted in The Observer (7 February 1982)
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Picture Source: Wikimedia CommonsGore Vidal
Born: October 3, 1925
Died: July 31, 2012 (aged 86)
Occupation: Novelist, essayist, journalist, playwright
Bio: Eugene Luther Gore Vidal was an American writer known for his essays, novels, screenplays, and Broadway plays. He was also known for his patrician manner, Transatlantic accent, and witty aphorisms. Vidal came from a distinguished political lineage; his grandfather was the U.S. Senator Thomas Gore of Oklahoma.
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