Eugene Louis Vidal, better known as Gore Vidal, was a novelist, essayist, playwright and screenwriter from the United States, who was also regarded as one of the leading public intellectuals in the world in the 20th century. He was born in a distinguished family, which was politically active and his grandfather on the mother’s side was in fact a senator. Vidal was a political thinker, writer and intellectual whose primary focus was on the history of America, with special focus on the politics and foreign policy. He was an essayist for some of the leading publications like Esquire Magazine, The Nation and New York Review of Books among others. Vidal’s writing skills quickly established him as one of the leading intellectuals and thinkers in the United States, while his books made him a household name in the country. Some of his most well-known books include ‘The City and the Pillar’, ‘Burr’, ‘Lincoln’, ‘Julian’ and ‘Myra Breckinridge’ among others. ‘Myra Breckinridge’ was also turned into a film which drew a lot of controversy due to its contents. Vidal was also a master debater who went toe to toe with some of the leading thinkers of the day in televised debates and captivated audiences with the force of his arguments and his eloquence. Here are some of the very best Gore Vidal one liners and quotes.