P. J. O'Rourke

Photo of P. J. O'Rourke
Patrick Jake "P. J." O'Rourke (/rʊərk/; born November 14, 1947) is an American political satirist and journalist. O'Rourke is the H. L. Mencken Research Fellow at the Cato Institute and is a regular correspondent for The Atlantic Monthly, The American Spectator, and The Weekly Standard, and frequent panelist on National Public Radio's game show Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me!. Since 2011 O'Rourke has been a columnist at The Daily Beast. In the United Kingdom, he is known as the face of a long-running series of television advertisements for British Airways in the 1990s. He is the author of 20 books, the best known of which are Holidays in Hell, a compilation of O'Rourke's articles as a free-lance foreign correspondent, All the Trouble in the World, an examination of current political concerns such as global warming and famine from a Libertarian perspective, and Parliament of Whores, a scat... More

Wikipedia

P. J. O'Rourke Quotes

P. J. O'Rourke #Anger

Photo of P. J. O'Rourke People are always angry at America. They're absolutely certain that America either caused their problems or is deliberately not fixing their problems. But the anger is always directed at America and never at Americans.
P. J. O'Rourke #Car #Government #Money #Power

Photo of P. J. O'Rourke Giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys.
P. J. O'Rourke #Change

Photo of P. J. O'Rourke Satire doesn't effect change.
P. J. O'Rourke #Change

Photo of P. J. O'Rourke There are plenty of problems in the world, and doubtless climate change - or whatever the currently voguish phrase for it all is - certainly is one of them. But it's low on my list.
P. J. O'Rourke #Change

Photo of P. J. O'Rourke All change is bad. But sometimes it has to be done.
P. J. O'Rourke #Failure #Hope #Politics

Photo of P. J. O'Rourke Ideology, politics and journalism, which luxuriate in failure, are impotent in the face of hope and joy.
P. J. O'Rourke #Failure #Success

Photo of P. J. O'Rourke The idea of capitalism is not just success but also the failure that allows success to happen.
P. J. O'Rourke #Family

Photo of P. J. O'Rourke Family love is messy, clinging, and of an annoying and repetitive pattern, like bad wallpaper.
P. J. O'Rourke #Family

Photo of P. J. O'Rourke My wife and I both come from Irish families. There are two kinds of Irish families: the hitting kind and the kidding kind. If you're fortunate - and both of us are - you come from the kidding kind of Irish family.
P. J. O'Rourke #Best

Photo of P. J. O'Rourke You don't despair about something like the Middle East, you just do the best you can.
P. J. O'Rourke #Funny

Photo of P. J. O'Rourke Everybody knows how to raise children, except the people who have them.
P. J. O'Rourke #Funny

Photo of P. J. O'Rourke Cleanliness becomes more important when godliness is unlikely.
P. J. O'Rourke #Funny

Photo of P. J. O'Rourke Because of their size, parents may be difficult to discipline properly.
P. J. O'Rourke #Funny

Photo of P. J. O'Rourke Never fight an inanimate object.
P. J. O'Rourke #God #Politics

Photo of P. J. O'Rourke Politics are for foreigners with their endless wrongs and paltry rights. Politics are a lousy way to get things done. Politics are, like God's infinite mercy, a last resort.
P. J. O'Rourke #Good #Government

Photo of P. J. O'Rourke Feeling good about government is like looking on the bright side of any catastrophe. When you quit looking on the bright side, the catastrophe is still there.
P. J. O'Rourke #Government

Photo of P. J. O'Rourke Whatever it is that the government does, sensible Americans would prefer that the government does it to somebody else. This is the idea behind foreign policy.
P. J. O'Rourke #Government

Photo of P. J. O'Rourke The mystery of government is not how Washington works but how to make it stop.
P. J. O'Rourke #Government

Photo of P. J. O'Rourke If government were a product, selling it would be illegal.
P. J. O'Rourke #Government

Photo of P. J. O'Rourke Government proposes, bureaucracy disposes. And the bureaucracy must dispose of government proposals by dumping them on us.
P. J. O'Rourke #Government

Photo of P. J. O'Rourke What would annoy the most people most often? That is the true left-wing test of government intervention.
P. J. O'Rourke #Government #Nature

Photo of P. J. O'Rourke We need a government, alas, because of the nature of humans.
P. J. O'Rourke #Good #Politics

Photo of P. J. O'Rourke The good news is that, according to the Obama administration, the rich will pay for everything. The bad news is that, according to the Obama administration, you're rich.
P. J. O'Rourke #Great

Photo of P. J. O'Rourke Hubris is one of the great renewable resources.
P. J. O'Rourke #Health

Photo of P. J. O'Rourke Nobody likes insurance companies, especially health insurance companies.