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Gore Vidal

Data urodzenia: 3. Październik 1925
Data zgonu: 31. Lipiec 2012

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Gore Vidal, właśc. Eugene Luther Gore Vidal, pseud. Edgar Box – amerykański pisarz, dramaturg, scenarzysta i polityk, tworzący zarówno w USA jak i we Włoszech.

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Cytaty Gore Vidal

„Byłem zbyt uprzejmy, by spytać.“

— Gore Vidal
w odpowiedzi na pytanie amerykańskiego dziennikarza, czy jego pierwszym seksualnym partnerem był mężczyzna czy kobieta.

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„Nie wystarczy odnieść sukces. Inni muszą ponieść porażkę.“

— Gore Vidal
Źródło: Gerard Irvine, Antipanegyric for Tom Driberg

„Half the American people never read a newspaper. Half never vote for President — the same half?“

— Gore Vidal, Screening History
Ch. 1: The Prince and the Pauper, p. 5 Sometimes quoted as: Half of the American people never read a newspaper. Half never voted for president. One hopes it is the same half.

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„Every four years the naive half who vote are encouraged to believe that if we can elect a really nice man or woman President everything will be all right. But it won't be.“

— Gore Vidal
Context: Every four years the naive half who vote are encouraged to believe that if we can elect a really nice man or woman President everything will be all right. But it won't be. Any individual who is able to raise $25 million to be considered presidential is not going to be much use to the people at large. He will represent oil, or aerospace, or banking, or whatever moneyed entities are paying for him. Certainly he will never represent the people of the country, and they know it. Hence, the sense of despair throughout the land as incomes fall, businesses fail and there is no redress.

„Nothing human is finally calculable; even to ourselves we are strange.“

— Gore Vidal
Context: They say to know oneself is to know all there is that is human. But of course no one can ever know himself. Nothing human is finally calculable; even to ourselves we are strange. Chapter 4

„It is reasonable to assume that, by and large, what is not read now will not be read, ever.“

— Gore Vidal
Context: It is reasonable to assume that, by and large, what is not read now will not be read, ever. It is also reasonable to assume that practically nothing that is read now will be read later. Finally, it is not too farfetched to imagine a future in which novels are not read at all. "Thomas Love Peacock: The Novel of Ideas" (1980)

„Private lives should be no business of the State. The State is bad enough as it is.“

— Gore Vidal
Context: Private lives should be no business of the State. The State is bad enough as it is. It cannot educate or medicate or feed the people; it cannot do anything but kill the people. No State like that do we want prying into our private lives. Quoted in Gert Jonkers, "Gore Vidal, the Fantastic Man," http://www.buttmagazine.com/?p=457 Butt, No. 20 (7 April 2007)

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„It is notable how little empathy is cultivated or valued in our society.“

— Gore Vidal
Context: It is notable how little empathy is cultivated or valued in our society. I put this down to our traditional racism and obsessive sectarianism. Even so, one would think that we would be encouraged to project ourselves into the character of someone of a different race or class, if only to be able to control him. But no effort is made. Ch. 2: Fire Over England, p. 49

„History is nothing but gossip about the past, with the hope that it might be true.“

— Gore Vidal
Context: Everybody likes a bit of gossip to some point, as long as it’s gossip with some point to it. That’s why I like history. History is nothing but gossip about the past, with the hope that it might be true. Quoted in Gert Jonkers, "Gore Vidal, the Fantastic Man," Butt, No. 20 (7 April 2007)

„Apparently, a concern for others is self-love at its least attractive, while greed is now a sign of the higher altruism.“

— Gore Vidal
Context: Apparently, a concern for others is self-love at its least attractive, while greed is now a sign of the higher altruism. But then to reverse, periodically, the meanings of words is a very small price to pay for the freedom not only to conform but to consume. Ch. 1: The Prince and the Pauper, p. 24

„We should stop going around babbling about how we're the greatest democracy on earth, when we're not even a democracy. We are a sort of militarised republic.“

— Gore Vidal
Context: We should stop going around babbling about how we're the greatest democracy on earth, when we're not even a democracy. We are a sort of militarised republic. The founding fathers hated two things, one was monarchy and the other was democracy, they gave us a constitution that saw to it we will have neither. I don't know how wise they were. "Gore Vidal and the Mind of the Terrorist" http://www.abc.net.au/arts/books/stories/s432193.htm, interview by Ramona Koval, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Radio National (November 2001)

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