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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.

„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.

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„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)

„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 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

„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)

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