I say his version because there is no such thing as a true account of anything. Each sees the world from his own vantage point. Needless to say, a throne is not the best place from which to view anything except the backs of prostrate men.

Gore Vidal

Gore Vidal

Profession: Novelist
Nationality: American

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A court is the most depressing place on earth. Wherever there is a throne, one may observe in rich detail every folly and wickedness of which man is capable, enameled with manners and gilded with hypocrisy.

Both Marx and Christ agree that in this life, a right action is consideration for the welfare of others.

Since nothing is free, to each his price.

Weaving his verbal wreaths, in prose and verse, of marvellous poison ivy.

Eventually all things are known. And few matter.

Actually, I can't remember when I was not writing.

Each youth betrays considerable anxiety about the wedding night ahead.

There is no such thing as a homosexual or a heterosexual person. There are only homo- or heterosexual acts. Most people are a mixture of impulses if not practices.

Capote I truly loathed. The way you might loathe an animal. A filthy animal that has found its way into the house.

What the Kinseyites and I had in common so long ago was the knowledge that homosexual and heterosexual behavior are natural to all mammals, and that what differs from individual to individual is the balance between these two complementary but not necessarily conflicted drives.

Love and hate are so confused in your savage minds and the vibrations of the one are so very like those of the other that I can't always distinguish. You see, we neither love nor hate in my world. We simply have hobbies.

No sooner does an American president take his oath of office than the speculation begins: Will he be reelected in four years' time? If not, who will succeed him? A member of his own party? The other party?

I know a lot of the Annapolis breed.

Southerners make good novelists: they have so many stories because they have so much family.