Gore Vidal

(Eugene Luther Gore Vidal)

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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. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Apparently, a democracy is a place where numerous elections are held at great cost without issues and with interchangeable candidates. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes ;Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
As societies grow decadent, the language grows decadent, too. Words are used to disguise, not to illuminate, action … Words are to confuse, so that at election time people will solemnly vote against their own interests. Oratory, Discussion & Debate
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. Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
At any given moment, public opinion is a chaos of superstition, misinformation, and prejudice. Public Opinion & Polling
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. Power
Congress no longer declares war or makes budgets. So that's the end of the constitution as a working machine. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Congress no longer declares war or makes budgets. So that's the end of the constitution as a working machine. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Envy is the central fact of American life. Life ;Human Nature
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. Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
Everything the Bushites touch is screwed up. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
Half of the American people never read a newspaper. Half never vote for president. One hopes it is the same half Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
Happily for the busy lunatics who rule over us, we are permanently the United States of Amnesia. We learn nothing because we remember nothing. History
History is nothing but gossip about the past, with the hope that it might be true. History ;Hope
I never thought I would see a President of the United States say on television that “I am not a crook.” The worst part of it was, Nixon couldn’t even look the camera in the eye. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
I shared, naturally, in that hatred of organized labor which has been the one political constant in my lifetime…. No alternative view of organized labor has ever come to us through the popular media. If labor leaders were not crooks like Jimmy Hoffa, they were in the pay of Moscow. Labor Unions, Labor Relations & Strikes
I’m a lover of the old Republic, and I deeply resent the empire that our Presidents put in its place. Expansionism, Colonialism & Imperialism ;Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
I'm not a conspiracy theorist, I'm a conspiracy analyst. Human Nature
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. Equality & Equal Opportunity
I've been around the ruling class all my life, and I've been quite aware of their total contempt for the people of the country Human Nature
'Liberal' comes from the Latin liberalis, which means pertaining to a free man. In politics, to be liberal is to want to extend democracy through change and reform. One can see why the word had to be erased from our political lexicon. Liberals & Conservatives
'Liberal' comes from the Latin liberalis, which means pertaining to a free man. In politics, to be liberal is to want to extend democracy through change and reform. One can see why the word had to be erased from our political lexicon. Liberals & Conservatives
Men and women who are sexually repressed regard sex as dirty … Human Nature
Nonprofit status is what created the Bible Belt. The tax code brought religion back to this country Taxes
Nothing that Shakespeare ever invented was to equal Lincoln's invention of himself and, in the process, us. Leaders & Leadership
Public opinion is a chaos of superstition, misinformation, and prejudice Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
Religions are manipulated in order to serve those who govern society and not the other way around Religion & God
Religions are manipulated in order to serve those who govern society and not the other way around. Religion & God
Style is knowing who you are, what you want to say, and not giving a damn. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Terrible news. Ronald Reagan’s library just burned town. Both books. But the worst part is that he hadn’t finished coloring the second. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
The central factor in most human beings is power. Politics is the manifestation of the quest for power. Power ;Human Nature
The Decline and Fall of the American Empire Power
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. Constitution / Bills & Declaratiobns of Rights
The four most beautiful words in our common language: I told you so Policy & Policy Making
The French - who read and theorize the most - became so addicted to political experiment that in the two centuries since our own rather drab revolution they have exuberantly produced one Directory, one Consulate, two empires, three restorations of the monarchy, and five republics. That's what happens when you take writing too seriously. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
The function of the New York Times is to enter the battlefield after the battle is over and shoot the wounded. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
The genius of our ruling class is that it has kept a majority of the people from ever questioning the inequity of a system where most people drudge along, paying heavy taxes for which they get nothing in return Equality & Equal Opportunity
The hatred Americans have for their own government is pathological, if understandable. At one level it is simply thwarted greed: since our religion is making a buck, giving a part of that buck to any government is an act against nature Taxes
The next day Bill Buckley sent me a letter stating that he never wanted to see me again. I found that acceptable. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
The period of Prohibition … 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. Regulation & Deregulation
There are two things that you never turn down: Sex and an invitation to appear on television. Public Relations & Image
There is no human problem which could not be solved if people would simply do as I advise. Miscellaneous
This country has been economically successful because of cheap energy and cheap labor and we are never going to have these again. Economics, The Economy & Fiscal Affairs ;Energy
This is an eternal war against terrorism. It’s like a war on dandruff. Terrorism
To be perfect for television is all a President has to be these days. Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
We have ceased to be a nation under law but instead a homeland where the withered Bill of Rights, like a dead trumpet vine, clings to our pseudo-Roman columns Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
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 militarized republic Democracies & Republics
World events are the work of individuals whose motives are often frivolous, even casual. Human Nature
You know, I've been around the ruling class all my life, and I've been quite aware of their total contempt for the people of the country. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
A friend was surprised to hear me say that there was not one moment of my past that I would like to relive.
A narcissist is someone better looking than you are.
A racial or religious or tribal identity is a kind of fact.
Actually, I can't remember when I was not writing.
After adolescence, if one's life is sufficiently interesting, the desire to tell oneself stories diminishes. Life
After the French Revolution, the world money power shifted from Paris to London. For three generations, the British maintained an old-fashioned colonial empire, as well as a modern empire based on London's primacy in the money markets. Power ;Money, Coins & Minting
All children alarm their parents, if only because you are forever expecting to encounter yourself.
All in all, I would not have missed this century for the world.
American history has fallen more and more into the hands of academics. History
Americans are future-minded to the point of obsession. We are impatient at living in the present. Tomorrow is bound to be better... next year, next century, always what might be rather than what is. This trait in us makes for 'progress;' it also makes for a continuing dissatisfaction.
Americans have no idea of the extent of their government's mischief... the number of military strikes we have made unprovoked, against other countries, since 1947 is more than 250. Government
Americans, in general, are ignorant, bigoted, and deeply unhappy with their declining incomes.
An important governorship used to be the best springboard for would-be presidents.
Any American who is prepared to run for president should automatically, by definition, be disqualified from ever doing so. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Anybody who is stupid enough to want to be remembered deserves to be forgotten right now.
As a schoolboy, I read most of Carl Sandburg's six-volume biography of Abraham Lincoln.
As for civil liberties, any one who is not vigilant may one day find himself living, if not in a police state, at least in a police city.
As for my support for Obama, remember that I was brought up in Washington. It was an all-black city when I was a kid. And I've always been very pro-African-American - or whatever phrase we now use.
As societies grow decadent, the language grows decadent, too. Words are used to disguise, not to illuminate, action: you liberate a city by destroying it. Words are to confuse, so that at election time people will solemnly vote against their own interests. Time
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.
At any given moment, public opinion is a chaos of superstition, misinformation and prejudice.
Ayn Rand is a rhetorician who writes novels I have never been able to read.
Baseball is the favorite American sport because it's so slow. Any idiot can follow it. And just about any idiot can play it. Sports & Athletics
Because there is no cosmic point to the life that each of us perceives on this distant bit of dust at the galaxy's edge... there is all the more reason for us to maintain in proper balance what we have here. Because there is nothing else. No thing. This is it. And quite enough, all in all. Life
Between fourteen and nineteen, I must have begun and abandoned six novels.
Both Marx and Christ agree that in this life, a right action is consideration for the welfare of others. Life
Boys don't like girls around when they do boy things.
By 1939, the Depression was back. Unemployment was huge. Roosevelt didn't have any quick fix. Remember, the New Deal, Works Progress Administration, and Civilian Conservation Corps - all that happened years before. Roosevelt was riding a storm.
By the end of World War II, we were the most powerful and least damaged of the great nations. We also had most of the money. America's hegemony lasted exactly five years. Money, Coins & Minting ;War & Peace
By the time a man gets to be presidential material, he's been bought ten times over. Time ;Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Certainly 'The Judgment of Paris' was the novel in which I found my own voice.
Corporations must pay tax.
Democracy is supposed to give you the feeling of choice, like Painkiller X and Painkiller Y. But they're both just aspirin.
Didn't George Washington say, 'He who controls Afghanistan will carry New Jersey?'
Does one ever read a politician's books?
During the late '50s, I had worked on the script of Ben-Hur in an office next to that of the producer Sam Zimbalist.
Each youth betrays considerable anxiety about the wedding night ahead. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
Europe began as the relatively empty, uncivilized Wild West of Asia; then the Western Hemisphere became the Wild West of Europe. Now the sun has set in our West and risen once more in the East.
Every country should have at least one King Farouk.
Every generation gets the Tiny Tim it deserves.
Everything's wrong on Wikipedia.
Fifty percent of people won't vote, and fifty percent don't read newspapers. I hope it's the same fifty percent. Hope
For every Scott Fitzgerald concerned with the precise word and the selection of relevant incident, there are a hundred American writers, many well-regarded, who appear to believe that one word is just as good as another and that everything which occurs to them is worth putting down.
For the record, I'm a Second World War veteran and served in the Pacific. War & Peace
Fortunately, our audiences are used to a kind of boredom in the theatre, and if the writer is skillful, he will flatter them into thinking: 'Why, that's us up there, and aren't we - for all our little foibles - pretty nice guys and gals?'
Friends, there is no Left in American politics. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
From April 1775 to July 1776, the undeclared war between England and its American colonies smoldered, flared up, appeared to sputter out... It was hardly, ever, a mass rebellion. War & Peace
Gossip is conversation about people.
Half of the American people have never read a newspaper. Half never voted for President. One hopes it is the same half. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Having no contemporaries left means you cannot say, 'Well, so-and-so will like this,' which you do when you're younger. You realize there is no so-and-so anymore. You are your own so-and-so. There is a bleak side to it.
He who is last had best laugh.
I am a novelist turned temporary adventurer, and I chose to write television, movies and plays for much the same reason that Henry Morgan selected the Spanish Main for his peculiar - and not dissimilar - sphere of operations. Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
I am not, at heart, a playwright.
I am only at home in the present.
I am told the Cheney-Bush team dislikes their junta being compared to the Nazis. If they ceased behaving like Nazis, no comparison would come to mind.
I began life as an absolute monarchist - on condition, of course, that I be that monarch. Life
I can understand companionship.
I cannot remember when I was not fascinated by Henry Adams.
I can't name three first-rate literary critics in the United States. I'm told there are a few hidden away at universities, but they don't print them in 'The New York Times.'
I could be a lot happier. I could be the senator from Aerospace taking bribes, and be quite happy.
I didn't mean to spend my life writing American history, which should have been taught in the schools, but I saw no alternative but to taking it on myself. I could think of a lot of cheerier things I'd rather be doing than analyzing George Washington and Aaron Burr. But it came to pass, that was my job, so I did it. Life ;History
I don't even read most reviews, unless there is a potential lawsuit on view.
I don't know how prisoners of war are ever heroes unless they escape. War & Peace
I hate nobody.
I know a lot of the Annapolis breed.
I never miss a chance to have sex or appear on television.
I never said I was gay, because I don't think anyone is.
I never wanted to be a writer. I mean, that's the last thing I wanted.
I remember the Bond movies when I was a child. They were silent then. Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
I sometimes think it is because they are so bad at expressing themselves verbally that writers take to pen and paper in the first place.
I think I have a normal threshold of anger, but it's true that I am, by nature, belligerent. Nature
I think there is an instinct out there to rid us of our masters.
I was like everyone else when Obama was elected - optimistic.
I was raised in the Washington household of my grandfather Senator Thomas P. Gore of Oklahoma, and have known politicians intimately all my life. Life
I was the most famous kid in the United States. That was 1936. Fame
If you are a Representative and want to be a Senator, you must be careful not to do anything which might upset the various forces you need to harness to get elected.
I'm a fervent foe of water pollution, whether it is our own Hudson River or Philadelphia's tap water.
I'm all for bringing back the birch, but only between consenting adults.
I'm always an optimist!
I'm exactly as I appear. There is no warm, lovable person inside. Beneath my cold exterior, once you break the ice, you find cold water.
I'm not a conspiracy theorist - I'm a conspiracy analyst.
I'm not paranoid, no. I'm different in that I have enemies. Very real ones.
In actual fact, I have always been a conservative cross, borne sadly by liberal friends.
In America, the race goes to the loud, the solemn, the hustler. If you think you're a great writer, you must say that you are.
In August 1961, I visited President Kennedy at Hyannis Port. The Berlin Wall was going up, and he was about to begin a huge military buildup - reluctantly, or so he said, as he puffed on a cigar liberated by a friend from Castro's Cuba.
In character, as it were, the writer settles for an impression of what happened rather than creating the sense of the thing happening.
In classical times, it was a capital offense to speculate upon the hour of a king's death or upon the identity of his successor. Death
In essence, Clinton's Anti-Terrorism Act would set up a national police force, over the long-dead bodies of the founders.
In the German concentration camps, Jews wore yellow stars while homosexuals wore pink lambdas.
In the writing of novels, there is the problem of how to shape a narrative.
In writing and politicking, it's best not to think about it, just do it.
It is a paradox of the acquisitive society in which we now live that although private morals are regulated by law, the entrepreneur is allowed considerable freedom to use - and abuse - the public in order to make money. Society ;Freedom & Liberty ;Money, Coins & Minting
It is always a delicate matter, when a friend or acquaintance becomes president.
It is essential to naturalist doctrine that literature, to be good, must, finally, be the author's experience worked out literally.
It is not enough to succeed. Others must fail.
It is the spirit of the age to believe that any fact, no matter how suspect, is superior to any imaginative exercise, no matter how true.
It is true, as Sartre once wrote, referring to French Army atrocities in Algeria, that the real tragedy in our time is that any of us can be, interchangeably, victim or torturer. Time
It is very difficult for a writer of my generation, if he is honest, to pretend indifference to the work of Somerset Maugham. He was always so entirely there. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
It's always best to stay out of other people's divorces. And their civil wars.
It's odd to meet a rather elderly man who says, 'I've been reading you all my life.' It makes you feel a slight chill. Life
I've yet to read a memoir by anyone I've known at all well that came anywhere near to the truth. Truth
Jack Kennedy very much enjoyed Fletcher Knebel's thriller 'Seven Days in May,' later a film. The story: a jingo based on the real-life Admiral Arthur Radford plans a military coup to take over the White House.
Jews, blacks and homosexuals are despised by the Christian and Communist majorities of East and West. Also, as a result of the invention of Israel, Jews can now count on the hatred of the Islamic world.
Like most readers, I tend to skip the acknowledgements at the beginnings of books: the 'To-My-Wife-Without-Whose-Invaluable-Assistance' kind of thing.
Like the TV networks, once our government has a hit, it will be repeated over and over again. Government
Litigation takes the place of sex at middle age.
Love is not my bag. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
Many writers who choose to be active in the world lose not virtue but time, and that stillness without which literature cannot be made. Time
McCain is significant in the sense that he has no significance at all on any subject.
Most children tell themselves stories in which they figure as powerful figures, enjoying the pleasures not only of the adult world as they conceive it but of a world of wonders unlike dull reality.
Most of our writers tend to be recorders.
My family is Southern. I'm used to Bill Clintons. Families, Children & Parenting
My father had lifelong contempt for politicians.
My father once said something very shrewd about me to a woman journalist who had told him how courageous she thought I was for always speaking my mind. My father said, 'If you couldn't care less what anyone says about you, then it's not courage.'
Nearly everyone who goes into a campaign is not only eager for the place he hopes to fill but for what might come after.
Never have children, only grandchildren.
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? Time
Now you have people in Washington who have no interest in the country at all. They're interested in their companies, their corporations grabbing Caspian oil.
Obama just came swiftly out of nowhere, which was a relief to those of us who care about the Republic, and at first he seemed a very good thing.
Of all recent presidents, Clinton was expected to behave the most sensibly in economic matters. He understood how the economy works. But because he had used various dodges to stay out of the Vietnam War, he came to office ill at ease with the military. War & Peace
On 16 September 1985, when the Commerce Department announced that the United States had become a debtor nation, the American Empire died.
On September 5, 1774, forty-five of the weightiest colonial men formed the First Continental Congress at Philadelphia.
One is sorry one could not have taken both branches of the road. But we were not allotted multiple selves.
Our form of democracy is bribery, on the highest scale.
Overcrowding in the cities is producing a collective madness in which irrational violence flourishes because man needs more space in which to be than the modern city allows.
Policemen are seldom tried for their crimes, or indeed, held responsible for what they do, which disturbs the peace and causes distress among the orderly. War & Peace
Primarily, I am a prose writer with axes to grind, and the theatre is a good place to do the grinding in. I prefer comedy to 'serious' drama because I believe one can get the ax sharper on the comedic stone.
Remember, I'm West Point, where I was born. My father went there.
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. Life
Since we have literally targeted our enemies, the Pentagon assumes that, sooner or later, rogues will take out our cities, presumably from spaceships.
Some have deplored Lincoln's indifference to Christianity. But it was not religion, it was religiosity that put him off. Religion & God
Some of my father's fellow West Pointers once asked him why I turned out so well, his secret in raising me. And he said, 'I never gave him any advice, and he never asked for any.' We agreed on nothing, but we never quarreled once.
Some writers take to drink, others take to audiences.
Television is now so desperately hungry for material that they're scraping the top of the barrel.
Temperamentally, I am suspicious of belonging to anything. When I ran for office, I debated seriously whether or not to run as an independent because I was not eager to be saddled with the Democratic Party, because any party label is committing.
That is sad until one recalls how many bad books the world may yet be spared because of the busyness of writers.
That loyal retainer of the Chase Manhattan Bank, the American president.
The American high school graduate is two years behind his English, French or German counterpart; in Alabama, God knows how far behind. Religion & God
The behaviour of President Bush on 11 September certainly gives rise to not unnatural suspicions.
The corporate grip on opinion in the United States is one of the wonders of the Western world. No First World country has ever managed to eliminate so entirely from its media all objectivity - much less dissent.
The first grown-up book that I read on my own was a nineteenth-century edition of 'Tales from Livy' that I'd found in my grandfather's library.
The four most beautiful words in our common language: I told you so.
The genius of our ruling class is that it has kept a majority of the people from ever questioning the inequity of a system where most people drudge along, paying heavy taxes for which they get nothing in return. Government
The greatest pleasure when I started making money was not buying cars or yachts but finding myself able to have as many freshly typed drafts as possible. Money, Coins & Minting
The human race is plainly nothing in eternity, but to us, in time, it is everything and ought not to die. Time
The individual's desire to dominate his environment is not a desirable trait in a society which every day grows more and more confining. Society
The media can't get anything straight.
The more money an American accumulates, the less interesting he becomes. Money, Coins & Minting
The only thing that I react really violently to is being misquoted.
The Pentagon talks about our power to 'overkill' Russia ten times, twenty times, perhaps forty-eight times. For my tax money, it is sufficient to overkill them once. Power ;Money, Coins & Minting
The theater needs continual reminders that there is nothing more debasing than the work of those who do well what is not worth doing at all. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
The truth about Pearl Harbour is obscured to this day. But it has been much studied. Truth
'The Turner Diaries' is a racist daydream by a former physics teacher writing under the pseudonym Andrew Macdonald. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
The unfed mind devours itself.
The United States is a madhouse.
The United States is the only civilized country in the world to class its teachers at the bottom of the social scale.
The United States was founded by the brightest people in the country - and we haven't seen them since.
There are so many things the people who take polls never get around to asking.
There is a terrible garrulousness in most American writing, legacy of the old Frontier.
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.
There is only one party in the United States: the Property party... and it has two right wings: Republican and Democrat.
There is something about a bureaucrat that does not like a poem.
There's a lot to be said for being nouveau riche, and the Reagans mean to say it all.
Think of the earth as a living organism that is being attacked by billions of bacteria whose numbers double every forty years. Either the host dies, or the virus dies, or both die.
To a man, ornithologists are tall, slender, and bearded so that they can stand motionless for hours, imitating kindly trees, as they watch for birds.
To get people to do needed things is the perennial hard task of government, not to mention of religion and philosophy. Religion & God ;Government
To invent a war means that you've become a wartime president, and you can suspend much if not all of the Bill of Rights. War & Peace
To preserve the human race, it is now necessary to reorganize society. To this end, an Authority must be created with the power to control human population, to redistribute food, to purify air, water, soil, to re-pattern the cities. Society ;Power ;Nutrition, Food, Starvation, Farming & Agriculture
To prevent the theft of 'Ben-Hur's sets, guards were prowling the back lot long after production had been shut down.
Today's public figures can no longer write their own speeches or books, and there is some evidence that they can't read them either.
TV news is not very instructive.
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.
Until very recently, the artist was a magician who did his magic in public view but kept himself and his effects a matter of mystery.
Walter Lippmann suggests that the United States behaves like a society which thinks it is complete with no more to accomplish; that, for better or worse, we are what we are, and the only danger to our comfort is external. Society
Washington turned a blind eye to Al-Qaeda.
We are pleased to dismiss politics as entirely corrupt, if not financially, intellectually. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
We are the United States of Amnesia, which is encouraged by a media that has no desire to tell us the truth about anything, serving their corporate masters who have other plans to dominate us. Truth
We must declare ourselves, become known; allow the world to discover this subterranean life of ours which connects kings and farm boys, artists and clerks. Let them see that the important thing is not the object of love, but the emotion itself. Life ;Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
We're not a democracy.
What I am is something unbearable for the world of journalism and the world of cliches. I'm a realist.
What I like least about myself is my belligerence.
What is in question is a kind of book reviewing which seems to be more and more popular: the loose putting down of opinions as though they were facts, and the treating of facts as though they were opinions.
What other culture could have produced someone like Hemingway and not seen the joke?
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. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
What the police in their ignorance have not figured out is that they have lost all credibility since World War II. They are sort of parasites on the fringe of society and do no particular good for anyone except possibly themselves. Society ;War & Peace
When I say 'president,' I still mean Roosevelt - wisely, I think.
Whenever a friend succeeds, a little something in me dies.
While campaigning, I got to know many high-school teachers, and let me say that the good ones are the unsung heroes of our society, and the bad ones are the gravediggers. Society
Why not just eliminate the federal income tax?
World War II made prosperous the United States, which had been undergoing a depression for a dozen years, and made very rich those magnates and their managers who govern the republic - with many a wink - in the people's name. War & Peace
Write something, even if it's just a suicide note.
Writing fiction has become a priestly business in countries that have lost their faith. Religion & God ;Business, Commerce & Finance
You cannot deprive somebody of life, liberty, pursuit of happiness, because that is a right - constitutional right. Life ;Happiness & Unhappiness
You hear all this whining going on, 'Where are our great writers?' The thing I might feel doleful about is: Where are the readers?