‘There is less danger in fearing too much than too little.’

This quotation from Elizabeth I’s spymaster Francis Walsingham appears in a review covering some recent work on spying in Tudor England.

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Gore Vidal, RIP: A-Z

Gore Vidal, mordant political commentator, essayist, novelist, and cameo film star has died. He must surely have polished some of his quotations carefully:

I never miss a chance to have sex or appear on television.

It is not enough to succeed. Others must fail.

A narcissist is someone better looking than you are.

Every time a friend succeeds, I die a little.

The United States was founded by the brightest people in the country — and we haven’t seen them since.

There is no human problem which could not be solved if people would simply do as I advise.

The A-Z of Gore Vidal | Books | The Guardian.