P. J. O'Rourke Quotes

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You can't get rid of poverty by giving people money.

poverty

There is one thing women can never take away from men. We die sooner.
— P. J. O'Rourke

women's rights

Authority has always attracted the lowest elements in the human race.

authority

For a purely untrustworthy human organ, the memory is right in there with the penis.

memory

Giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys.

government

Every government is a parliament of whores. The trouble is, in a democracy the whores are us.

government

A little government and a little luck are necessary in life, but only a fool trusts either of them.

government

Golf . . . combines two favorite American pastimes: taking long walks and hitting things with a stick.

golf

When buying and selling are controlled by legislation, the first things to be bought and sold are legislators.
— P. J. O'Rourke

politics politicians

Benjamin Franklin said, "Fish and visitors smell in three days," but old friends from college usually smell already.
— P. J. O'Rourke

reunion

Good manners are a combination of intelligence, education, taste, and style mixed together so that you don't need any of those things.

manners

All writers know how hard it is to practice tough love on the children of our verbiage. Kick, the silly, labored metaphor out of the house.

editors

There are a number of mechanical devices which increase sexual arousal, particularly in women.  Chief among these is the Porsche 911 Cabriolet.

cars

America is the world's policeman, all right—a big, dumb, mick flatfoot in the middle of the one thing cops dread most, a "domestic disturbance."

America

God is an elderly or, at any rate, middle-aged male, a stern fellow, patriarchal rather than paternal and a great believer in rules and regulations.

God

The only really good vegetable is Tabasco sauce.  Put Tabasco sauce in everything.  Tabasco sauce is to bachelor cooking what forgiveness is to sin.

cooking

If we're looking for the source of our troubles, we shouldn't test people for drugs, we should test them for stupidity, ignorance, greed and love of power.

trouble

Don't read science fiction books. lt'll look bad if you die in bed with one on the nightstand. Always read stuff that will make you look good if you die in the middle of the night.
— P. J. O'Rourke

science fiction

I like to think of my behavior in the sixties as a "learning experience."  Then again, I like to think of anything stupid I've done as a "learning experience."  It makes me feel less stupid.

experience

There is parody, when you make fun of people who are smarter than you; satire, when you make fun of people who are richer than you; and burlesque, when you make fun of both while taking your clothes off.

parody satire

No drug, not even alcohol, causes the fundamental ills of society. If we're looking for the sources of our troubles, we shouldn't test people for drugs, we should test them for stupidity, ignorance, greed and love of power.
— P. J. O'Rourke
The Spanish enjoy teasing domestic animals, not only bulls but other barnyard creatures as well. They think it's quite merry if you kick their dogs, throw stones at their burros, and chase their chickens around with a stick.