Citações Gore Vidal

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

—  Gore Vidal
1990s, Screening History (1992), 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
1970s, Homage to Daniel Shays : Collected Essays (1972), Matters of Fact and Fiction : Essays 1973 - 1976 (1978), 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)

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

—  Gore Vidal
2000s, 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)

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

—  Gore Vidal
2000s, 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)

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

—  Gore Vidal
1980s, The Second American Revolution (1983), 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)

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

—  Gore Vidal
1960s, Julian (1964), 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

„Every time a friend succeeds, I die a little.“

—  Gore Vidal
1970s, Quoted in The Sunday Times Magazine, London (16 September 1973).

„It is not enough merely to win; others must lose.“

—  Gore Vidal
1970s, Quoted by Gerard Irvine, "Antipanegyric for Tom Driberg," [memorial service for Driberg] (8 December 1976)

„Monotheism is easily the greatest disaster to befall the human race.“

—  Gore Vidal
1980s, At Home (1988), Context: I regard monotheism as the greatest disaster ever to befall the human race. I see no good in Judaism, Christianity, or Islam — good people, yes, but any religion based on a single... well, frenzied and virulent god, is not as useful to the human race as, say, Confucianism, which is not a religion but an ethical and educational system that has worked pretty well for twenty-five hundred years. So you see I am ecumenical in my dislike for the Book. But like it or not, the Book is there; and because of it people die; and the world is in danger. Appendix

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