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Gore Vidal

Data de nascimento: 3. Outubro 1925
Data de falecimento: 31. Julho 2012

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Gore Vidal foi um romancista, dramaturgo, ensaísta, roteirista e ativista político dos Estados Unidos. O seu terceiro romance, A Cidade e o Pilar , causou enorme escândalo entre os críticos e o público mais conservadores por ser um dos primeiros romances que retrataram, sem ambiguidade, a homossexualidade. Foi candidato a cargos políticos duas vezes e teve uma longa carreira como observador e crítico da vida política dos Estados Unidos.

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„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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„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

„The period of Prohibition — called the noble experiment — brought on the greatest breakdown of law and order the United States has known until today. I think there is a lesson here.“

— Gore Vidal
Context: The period of Prohibition — called the noble experiment — brought on the greatest breakdown of law and order the United States has known until today. I think there is a lesson here. Do not regulate the private morals of people. Do not tell them what they can take or not take. Because if you do, they will become angry and antisocial and they will get what they want from criminals who are able to work in perfect freedom because they have paid off the police. "The State of the Union" (1975)

„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. [http://www.abc.net.au/arts/books/stories/s432193.htm "Gore Vidal and the Mind of the Terrorist"], interview by Ramona Koval, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Radio National (November 2001)

„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

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