Gore Vidal, the author and playwright, has died aged 86. He was known for his acerbic wit and wisdom – here are some of his best quotes.Andy Warhol is the only genius I’ve ever known with an IQ of 60.
Style is knowing who you are, what you want to say and not giving a damn.
I don’t see us winning the war. We have made enemies of one billion Muslims.
Sex is. There is nothing more to be done about it. Sex builds no roads, writes no novels and sex certainly gives no meaning to anything in life but itself.
Whenever a friend succeeds, a little something in me dies.
Never have children, only grandchildren.
As the age of television progresses the Reagans will be the rule, not the exception. To be perfect for television is all a President has to be these days.
A good deed never goes unpunished.
If most men and women were forced to rely upon physical charm to attract lovers, their sexual lives would be not only meager but in a youth-worshiping country like America, painfully brief.
A narcissist is someone better looking than you are.
One is sorry one could not have taken both branches of the road. But we were not allotted multiple selves.
Apparently, a democracy is a place where numerous elections are held at great cost without issues and with interchangeable candidates.
50 per cent of people won’t vote, and 50 per cent don’t read newspapers. I hope it’s the same 50 per cent.
All in all, I would not have missed this century for the world.
The United States was founded by the brightest people in the country – and we haven’t seen them since.
It’s not enough to succeed. Others must fail.
Television is now so desperately hungry for material that they’re scraping the top of the barrel.
I don’t want anything. I don’t want a job. I don’t want to be respectable. I don’t want prizes. I turned down the National Institute of Arts and Letters when I was elected to it in 1976 on the grounds that I already belonged to the Diners Club.
The four most beautiful words in our common language: I told you so.
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