Quips & Quotes

Quips & Quotes

“It is not enough to succeed. Others must fail.”

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

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

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

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

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

“Every time a friend succeeds, I die a little.”

“Today’s public figures can no longer write their own speeches or books, and there is some evidence they cannot read them either.”

“Never miss a chance to have sex or be on television.”

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

“Apparently, a democracy is a place where numerous elections are held at great cost without issues and with interchangeable candidates.”

“By the time a man gets to be presidential material, he’s been bought ten times over.”

“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.”

“Actually, there is no such thing as a homosexual person, any more than there is such a thing as a heterosexual person. The words are adjectives describing sexual acts, not people. The sexual acts are entirely normal; if they were not, no one would perform them.”

“[Professor] Frank recalled my idle remark some years ago: ‘Never pass up the opportunity to have sex or appear on television.’ Advice I would never give today in the age of AIDS and its television equivalent Fox News.”

— Openly gay author, playwright, critic and champion of the bon mot Gore Vidal. He died at age 86 on July 31 of pneumonia.

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