Gore Vidal Quotes

Teaching has ruined more American novelists than drink.

How we dare even prate about democracy is beyond me. Our form of democracy is bribery, on the highest scale. It’s far worse than anything that occurred in the Roman empire, until the praetorian guard started to sell the principate. We’re not a democracy, and we have absolutely nothing to give the world in the […]

The Congress has abdicated, it has two great powers, one to declare war, the other is the power of the purse, these are written in the constitution. Each power has been abandoned, we haven’t declared war since 1941, and yet we’ve fought well over 200 wars since then, hot, cold, tepid. And the power of […]

Never have children, only grandchildren.

I’m a born-again atheist.

The twin American desire to dominate and to be seen as entirely innocent at the same time had led to the casual disregard of history and all its lessons. We now see ourselves as the one indispensable nation

Until the rise of American advertising, it never occurred to anyone anywhere in the world that the teenager was a captive in a hostile world of adults.

Whether you have an abortion, what you put in your own body, with whom you have sex, these are not the affairs of the state. A government does not exist to control the citizens. When it does, it is a tyranny, and must be fought.