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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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.

Little islands of human happiness peace and prosperity are so exceptional at this point in history that I'm not even sure we can draw lessons from them.

Seriousness is stupidity sent to college.

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.

Family love is messy clinging and of an annoying and repetitive pattern like bad wallpaper.

I realised the bohemian life was not for me. I would look around at my friends living like starving artists and wonder 'Where's the art?' They weren't doing anything. And there was so much interesting stuff to do so much fun to be had... maybe I could even quit renting.

I think it's been hard for people to understand how Islam can be a good religion and yet the Islamists are evil. Those of us who have had experience with Islam understand this just as we understand the difference between snake handlers and people going to church on Sunday morning.

The Clinton administration launched an attack on people in Texas because those people were religious nuts with guns. Hell this country was founded by religious nuts with guns. Who does Bill Clinton think stepped ashore on Plymouth Rock?

I'm a rather decisive type.

Humans are the only animals that have children on purpose with the exception of guppies who like to eat theirs.

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.

Fiscal conservatism is just an easy way to express something that is a bit more difficult which is that the size and scope of government and really the size and scope of politics in our lives has grown uncomfortable unwieldy intrusive and inefficient.

There's something about Marxism that brings out warts, the only kind of growth this economic system encourages.

A hat should be taken off when you greet a lady and left off for the rest of your life. Nothing looks more stupid than a hat.

People think the free market is a philosophy they think that it is a creed. It is none of those things. Free market is a bathroom scale it is a measuring tape it's simply a measurement.

Staying married may have long-term benefits. You can elicit much more sympathy from friends over a bad marriage than you ever can from a good divorce.

You don't despair about something like the Middle East, you just do the best you can.

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.

Zero-sum thinking is an obsession of mine but mostly in economics.

Hubris is one of the great renewable resources.

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