P. J. O'Rourke

P. J. O'Rourke

Patrick Jake O'Rourke (born November 14, 1947), known as P.J. O'Rourke, is an American political satirist and journalist. O'Rourke is the H. L. Mencken Research Fellow at the libertarian Cato Institute and is a regular correspondent for The Atlantic Monthly, The American Spectator, and The Weekly Standard. Since 2011 he has been a columnist at The Daily Beast.

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If you say a modern celebrity is an adulterer a pervert and a drug addict all it means is that you've read his autobiography.

Positive rights are the right to shelter the right to education, the right to health care, the right to a living wage. These things are - these are I would call them more properly political rights rather than positive rights. And they are extremely tricky because now we are dealing with things that are zero sum.

Making fun of born-again Christians is like hunting dairy cows with a high powered rifle and scope.

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.

Soldiers are not policemen and it's very unfair even for those soldiers who have some police training to burden them with police duties. It's not what they're trained for or equipped for.

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.

Fortunately, I'm married to someone who's a pretty excellent parent!

I read good. I was an English major.

After all what is your host's purpose in having a party? Surely not for you to enjoy yourself, if that were their sole purpose they'd have simply sent champagne and women over to your place by taxi.

The Democrats are the party that says government will make you smarter taller richer and remove the crabgrass on your lawn. The Republicans are the party that says government doesn't work and then they get elected and prove it.

The mystery of government is not how Washington works but how to make it stop.

What would annoy the most people most often? That is the true left-wing test of government intervention.

Political systems are run by self-selecting politicians. We don't draft people, it's not jury duty.

We need a government alas because of the nature of humans.

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

The inherent purpose of American government is let people seek their own goals and to encourage them to be responsible on the various adventures they have on their way to those goals good bad and otherwise.

Never fight an inanimate object.

I write because I like to make things and the only things I am good at making things with are words.

Cleanliness becomes more important when godliness is unlikely.

Everybody knows how to raise children except the people who have them.

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