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Gore Vidal

Geburtstag: 3. Oktober 1925
Todesdatum: 31. Juli 2012

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Gore Vidal [ɡɔr vɨˈdɑːl] war ein US-amerikanischer Schriftsteller, Drehbuchautor, Schauspieler und Politiker. Er schrieb auch unter den Pseudonymen Edgar Box, Cameron Kay und Katherine Everard.

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„Half the American people never read a newspaper. Half never vote for President — the same half?“

— Gore Vidal, Screening History
Ch. 1: The Prince and the Pauper, p. 5 Sometimes quoted as: Half of the American people never read a newspaper. Half never voted for president. One hopes it is the same half.

„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) — [http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2006/09/12/video-john-lennon-was-_n_29293.html video excerpt at The Huffington Post (12 September 2006)]

„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

„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)

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

— Gore Vidal
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)

„It is notable how little empathy is cultivated or valued in our society.“

— Gore Vidal
Context: It is notable how little empathy is cultivated or valued in our society. I put this down to our traditional racism and obsessive sectarianism. Even so, one would think that we would be encouraged to project ourselves into the character of someone of a different race or class, if only to be able to control him. But no effort is made. Ch. 2: Fire Over England, p. 49

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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, [http://www.buttmagazine.com/?p=457 "Gore Vidal, the Fantastic Man,"] Butt, No. 20 (7 April 2007)

„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. [http://www.abc.net.au/arts/books/stories/s432193.htm "Gore Vidal and the Mind of the Terrorist"], interview by Ramona Koval, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Radio National (November 2001)

„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)

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

— Gore Vidal
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)

„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

„A current pejorative adjective is narcissistic. Generally, a narcissist is anyone better looking than you are, but lately the adjective is often applied to those “liberals” who prefer to improve the lives of others rather than exploit them.“

— Gore Vidal
Context: A current pejorative adjective is narcissistic. Generally, a narcissist is anyone better looking than you are, but lately the adjective is often applied to those “liberals” who prefer to improve the lives of others rather than exploit them. Apparently, a concern for others is self-love at its least attractive, while greed is now a sign of the highest altruism. But then to reverse, periodically, the meanings of words is a very small price to pay for our vast freedom not only to conform but to consume. "Growing Up With Gore Vidal," Screening History (1994), p. 24.

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