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7 Famous Quotes by P.J. O'Rourke

No drug, not even alcohol, causes the fundamental ills of society. If we’re looking for the sources of our troubles, we shouldn’t test people for drugs, we should test them for stupidity, ignorance, greed and love of power.

Stoners Quotes, by P.J. O'Rourke

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There's 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.

Politics / government Quotes, by P.J. O'Rourke

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A little government and a little luck are necessary in life; but only a fool trusts either of them.

Politics / government Quotes, by P.J. O'Rourke

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

Politics / government Quotes, by P.J. O'Rourke

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I wonder how many of the people who profess to believe in the leveling ideas of collectivism and egalitarianism really just believe that they themselves are good for nothing. I mean, how many leftists are animated by a quite reasonable self-loathing? In their hearts they know that they are not going to become scholars or inventors or industrialists or even ordinary good kind people. So they need a way to achieve that smugness for which the left is so justifiably famous. They need a way to achieve self-esteem without merit. Well, there is politics. In an egalitarian world everything will be controlled by politics, and politics requires no merit.

Politics / government Quotes, by P.J. O'Rourke

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The college idealists who fill the ranks of the environmental movement seem willing to do absolutely anything to save the biosphere, except take science courses and learn something about it.

Politics / government Quotes, by P.J. O'Rourke

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When buying and selling are controlled by legislation, the first things to be bought and sold are legislators.

Politics / government Quotes, by P.J. O'Rourke

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