Patrick Jake O'Rourke

(1947 / Toledo, Ohio)

Patrick Jake O'Rourke Quotes

  • ''Automobiles are free of egotism, passion, prejudice and stupid ideas about where to have dinner. They are, literally, selfless. A world designed for automobiles instead of people would have wider streets, larger dining rooms, fewer stairs to climb and no smelly, dangerous subway stations.''
    P.J. (Patrick Jake) O'Rourke (b. 1947), U.S. journalist. "An Argument in Favor of Automobiles vs. Pedestrians," Give War a Chance (1992).
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  • ''Seriousness is stupidity sent to college.''
    P.J. (Patrick Jake) O'Rourke (b. 1947), U.S. journalist. "A Serious Problem," Give War A Chance (1992).
  • ''Maybe a nation that consumes as much booze and dope as we do and has our kind of divorce statistics should pipe down about "character issues." Either that or just go ahead and determine the presidency with three-legged races and pie-eating contests. It would make better TV.''
    P.J. (Patrick Jake) O'Rourke (b. 1947), U.S. journalist. "Attack of the Midget Vote Suckers," Parliament of Whores (1991).
  • ''Social Security is a government program with a constituency made up of the old, the near old and those who hope or fear to grow old. After 215 years of trying, we have finally discovered a special interest that includes 100 percent of the population. Now we can vote ourselves rich.''
    P.J. (Patrick Jake) O'Rourke (b. 1947), U.S. journalist. "Graft for the Millions: Social Security," Parliament of Whores (1991).
  • ''We spend all day broadcasting on the radio and TV telling people back home what's happening here. And we learn what's happening here by spending all day monitoring the radio and TV broadcasts from back home.''
    P.J. (Patrick Jake) O'Rourke (b. 1947), U.S. journalist. "Gulf Diary," entry for January 31, 1991, Give War A Chance (1992, first published in Rolling Stone).
  • ''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."''
    P.J. (Patrick Jake) O'Rourke (b. 1947), U.S. journalist. repr. In Give War a Chance (1992). "Jordan," Rolling Stone (New York, Aug. 1990).
  • ''The Republican convention, an event with the intellectual content of a Guns'n'Roses lyric attended by every ofay insurance broker in America who owns a pair of white shoes.''
    P.J. (Patrick Jake) O'Rourke (b. 1947), U.S. journalist. "On the Blandwagon," Parliament of Whores (1991).
  • ''Every government is a parliament of whores. The trouble is, in a democracy the whores are us.''
    P.J. (Patrick Jake) O'Rourke (b. 1947), U.S. journalist. Parliament of Whores, "At Home In the Parliament of Whores," (1991).
  • ''One of the annoying things about believing in free will and individual responsibility is the difficulty of finding somebody to blame your problems on. And when you do find somebody, it's remarkable how often his picture turns up on your driver's license.''
    P.J. (Patrick Jake) O'Rourke (b. 1947), U.S. journalist. Rolling Stone (New York, Nov. 30, 1989).
  • ''Nothing bad's going to happen to us. If we get fired, it's not failure; its a midlife vocational reassessment.''
    P.J. (Patrick Jake) O'Rourke (b. 1947), U.S. journalist. Rolling Stone (New York, Nov. 30, 1989).

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