Gore Vidal 1925 – 2012


Sad to learn that Gore Vidal has died. My favourite Gore V anecdote is that he was on a TV show with Richard Adams who claimed his writing was ‘meretricious’.
‘Pardon?’ replied Vidal.

‘Meretricious.’

‘Meretricious to you,’ he replied. ‘And a Happy New Year.’

Here are my Top Ten Gore Vidal Quotes

Style is knowing who you are, what you want to say, and not giving a damn.

A narcissist is someone better looking than you are.

Every time a friend succeeds, a little something in me dies.

Democracy is supposed to give you the feeling of choice like Painkiller X and Painkiller Y. But they’re both just aspirin.

Fifty percent of people don’t vote, and fifty percent don’t read newspapers. I hope it’s the same fifty percent.

The United States was founded by the brightest people in the country — and we haven’t seen them since.

Any American who is prepared to run for president should automatically by definition be disqualified from ever doing so.

A good deed never goes unpunished.

There is no human problem which could not be solved if people would simply do as I advise.

The four most beautiful words in our common language: I told you so.