Gore Vidal, the eclectic author who faithfully chronicled the major shifts and upheavals in the United States in books, essays and plays, has died. He was 86.
Here are a dozen of his best quotes, as gathered by The Gore Vidal Pages.
"Whenever a friend succeeds, a little something in me dies."
"It is not enough to succeed. Others must fail."
"I can understand companionship. I can understand bought sex in the afternoon, but I cannot understand the love affair."
"Never pass up a chance to have sex or appear on television."
"A narcissist is someone better looking than you are."
"Write something, even if it's just a suicide note."
"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."
"I suspect that one of the reasons we create fiction is to make sex exciting."
"The United States was founded by the brightest people in the country - and we haven't seen them since."
"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."
"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."