P. J. O’Rourke

Literary Birthday – 14 November – P. J. O’Rourke

P. J. O’Rourke was born 14 November 1947 and died 15 February 2022.


  1. Always read something that will make you look good if you die in the middle of it.
  2. I write because I like to make things and the only things I am good at making things with are words.
  3. There is only one basic human right, the right to do as you damn well please. And with it comes the only basic human duty, the duty to take the consequences.
  4. Gossip is what you say about the objects of flattery when they aren’t present.
  5. You know your children are growing up when they stop asking you where they came from and refuse to tell you where they’re going.
  6. Giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys.
  7. When buying and selling are controlled by legislation, the first things to be bought and sold are legislators.

P. J. O’Rourke was an American political satirist, journalist, writer, and author. He was a regular correspondent for The Atlantic Monthly, The American Spectator, and The Weekly Standard. He was the author of more than 20 books, which include Eat The RichHolidays in Hell, and Parliament of Whores. According to a 60 Minutes profile, he was the most quoted living man in The Penguin Dictionary of Modern Humorous Quotations.

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by Amanda Patterson

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Posted on: 14th November 2012