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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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„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)

„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

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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)

„Lennon was somebody who was a born enemy of those who govern the United States. He was everything they hated.“

— Gore Vidal
Context: Lennon was somebody who was a born enemy of those who govern the United States. He was everything they hated. So I just say that he represented life, and is admirable; and Mr. Nixon and Mr. Bush represent death, and that is a bad thing. Quoted in the documentary The U.S. vs John Lennon (2006) — video excerpt at The Huffington Post (12 September 2006) http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2006/09/12/video-john-lennon-was-_n_29293.html

„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

„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.

„Big oil, big steel, big agriculture avoid the open marketplace.“

— Gore Vidal
Context: Big oil, big steel, big agriculture avoid the open marketplace. Big corporations fix prices among themselves and thus drive out of business the small entrepreneur. Also, in their conglomerate form, the huge corporations have begun to challenge the very legitimacy of the state. "The State of the Union" (1978)

„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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