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Quotes by Gore Vidal

'Each writer is born with a repertory company in his head. Shakespeare has perhaps 20 players. ... I have 10 or so, and that's a lot. As you get older, you become more skillful at casting them.'

'Ideally, the writer needs no audience other than the few who understand. It is immodest and greedy to want more.'

'Style is knowing who you are, what you want to say and not giving a damn.'

'What is there to say, finally, except that pain is bad and pleasure good, life all, death nothing.'

'Some writers take to drink, others take to audiences.'

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