Born: October 3rd, 1925 - New York, U.S.
Died: July 31st, 2012 - California, U.S.
Interesting fact: Vidal had bitter feuds with other authors, notably Truman Capote.
We affect one another quite enough merely by existing. Whenever the stars cross, or is it comets? fragments pass briefly from one orbit to another. On rare occasions there is total collision, but most often the two simply continue without incident, neither losing more than a particle to the other, in passing.
- The City and the Pillar
Let the dust take me when the adventure's done and I shall make the dust glitter for all eternity with my marvelous fury.
That my plans have lately gone somewhat awry is the sort of risk one must take if life is to be superb.
- Myra Breckinridge
How marvelous books are, crossing worlds and centuries, defeating ignorance and, finally, cruel time itself.
My memory plays me odd tricks these days [...] Age spares us nothing, old friend. Like ancient trees, we die from the top.
I have always regarded as a stroke of good fortune that I was not born or brought up in a small American town; they may be the backbone of the nation, but they are also the backbone of ignorance, bigotry, and boredom, all in vast quantities.
- Death Before Bedtime
In fact, life itself is a contradiction if only because birth is the direct cause, in every single case, of death.