Writer/playwright/essayist/provocateur Gore Vidal, who passed away the other day, had a lot of things to say about a lot of subjects. He was one of those personalities who found a way to enrage pretty much everyone at one time or another.
The revival of his play about American politics, The Best Man, is currently playing on Broadway and audiences are finding much of it as relevant today as it was over 50 years ago.
If you’ve never read his books, I highly recommend Burr, one of my favorite historical novels. One would think books written by an intellectual would be dry and dull, but his work is actually highly entertaining.
Here are a few of this best quotes about writing/writers:
“In writing and politicking, it’s best not to think about it, just do it.”
“Style is knowing who you are, what you want to say, and not giving a damn.”
“The unfed mind devours itself.”
“How marvelous books are, crossing worlds and centuries, defeating ignorance and, finally, cruel time itself.”
“Write what you know will always be excellent advice for those who ought not to write at all. Write what you think, what you imagine, what you suspect!”
“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.”
“Each writer is born with a repertory company in his head.”
“I wanted to be a politician and a movie star. But I was born a writer. If you’re born that, you can’t change it. You’re going to do it whether you want to or not.”