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Gore Vidal

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

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.

„Nada mais grotesco do que dois americanos se congratulando por ser heterossexuais. Isto só acontece nos Estados Unidos. Nunca vi dois italianos se congratulando por gostar de mulheres. Para ele, isso é normal.“

—  Gore Vidal

Variante: Nada mais grotesco do que dois americanos se congratulando por ser heterossexuais. Isto só acontece nos Estados Unidos. Nunca vi dois italianos se congratulando por gostar de mulheres. Para eles, isso é normal.

„Esse rapaz tem um certo senso de justiça. Ele é muito inteligente, e não um louco“

—  Gore Vidal

Gore Vidal, escritor, que assistirá à execução de Timothy McVeigh, condenado à morte pelo atentado de Oklahoma que matou 168 pessoas nos EUA
Fonte: Revista IstoÉ Edição 1650

„Se uma pergunta tão irrelevante fosse feita a George Washington, ele teria varado Starr com sua espada, enquanto Abraham Lincoln o teria jogado pela janela.“

—  Gore Vidal

Gore Vidal, escritor americano, referindo-se ao interrogatório do promotor Kenneth Starr sobre a atividade sexual do presidente Clinton; como citado em Revista Veja http://veja.abril.com.br/231298/p_012.html, edição retrospectiva 98, 23/12/98

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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

Fonte: 1990s, Screening History (1992), Ch. 1: The Prince and the Pauper, p. 24
Contexto: 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.

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

—  Gore Vidal

Sometimes quoted as: Half of the American people never read a newspaper. Half never voted for president. One hopes it is the same half.
[Bill, Maxwell, http://www.sptimes.com/2002/07/07/Columns/In_gloomy_times__let_.shtml, In gloomy times, let's try to find a sense of humor, St. Petersberg Times, 2002-07-07, 2008-10-04]
Variante: Half of the American people have never read a newspaper. Half never voted for President. One hopes it is the same half.
Fonte: 1990s, Screening History (1992), Ch. 1: The Prince and the Pauper, p. 5

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

—  Gore Vidal

Fonte: 1990s, Screening History (1992), Ch. 2: Fire Over England, p. 49
Contexto: 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.

„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

"The State of the Union" (1975)
1970s, Homage to Daniel Shays : Collected Essays (1972), Matters of Fact and Fiction : Essays 1973 - 1976 (1978)
Contexto: 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.

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

—  Gore Vidal

Quoted in Gert Jonkers, "Gore Vidal, the Fantastic Man," http://www.buttmagazine.com/?p=457 Butt, No. 20 (7 April 2007)
2000s
Contexto: 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.

„A current pejorative adjective is narcissistic. Generally, a narcissist is anyone better looking than you are, but lately the adjective is often applied to those “liberals” who prefer to improve the lives of others rather than exploit them.“

—  Gore Vidal

"Growing Up With Gore Vidal," Screening History (1994), p. 24.
1990s
Contexto: A current pejorative adjective is narcissistic. Generally, a narcissist is anyone better looking than you are, but lately the adjective is often applied to those “liberals” who prefer to improve the lives of others rather than exploit them. Apparently, a concern for others is self-love at its least attractive, while greed is now a sign of the highest altruism. But then to reverse, periodically, the meanings of words is a very small price to pay for our vast freedom not only to conform but to consume.

„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

"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)
2000s
Contexto: 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.