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