One for one and none for all.
- summing up Ayn Rand's worldview, Esquire. July, 1961
This is not at all bad, except as prose.
- on a paragraph by Herman Wouk
He's a magnum of chloroform.
- on Hugh D. Auchincloss, Gore Vidal's and Jacqueline Lee "Jackie" Bouvier Kennedy's stepfather; 1979 interview in Views From a Window: Conversations with Gore Vidal (ed. Robert J. Stanton), 1980
Robert STANTON: [Y]ou once said something...about your first sexual experience. Do you recall it?
Gore VIDAL: Yes, I was asked if my first sexual experience was homosexual of heterosexual. I said I was too polite to ask.
- Ibid.; referencing a televised interview with David Frost; also quoted in the Sunday Times Magazine, September 16, 1973
These books are a great deal harder to read than they were to write.
- on Sufi spiritualist writer Idries Shah