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Published Monday, October 03, 2011 @ 8:08 AM EDT
Oct 03 2011

Gore Vidal (b. October 3, 1925)

"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.

A narcissist is someone better looking than you are.

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

As one gets older, litigation replaces sex.

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.

At any given moment, public opinion is a chaos of superstition, misinformation, and prejudice.

Congress no longer declares war or makes budgets. So that's the end of the constitution as a working machine.

Envy is the central fact of American life.

Half the American people never read a newspaper. Half never vote for President- the same half?

Happily for the busy lunatics who rule over us, we are permanently the United States of Amnesia. We learn nothing because we remember nothing.

I never miss a chance to have sex or appear on television.

It is not enough to succeed. Others must fail.

Television is a great leveler. You always end up sounding like the people who ask the questions.

The brain that doesn't feed itself, eats itself.

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 more money an American accumulates, the less interesting he becomes.

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

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.

We’re the most captive nation of slaves that ever came along. The moral timidity of the average American is quite noticeable. Everybody’s afraid to be thought in any way different from everyone else.

What we have in this country is socialism for the rich and free enterprise for the poor.

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