Monday, September 17, 2012

Quote of the Day

From PJ O'Rourke, Holidays in Hell, 1988, 257 pages.  Page 203, author arguing with two Europeans in Germany:

"Your country's never been invaded."  (This fellow had been two during the Blitz, you see.)  "You don't know the horror, the suffering.  You think war is…"

I snapped.

"A John Wayne movie," I said.  "That's what you were going to say, wasn't it?  We think war is a John Wayne movie.  We think life is a John Wayne movie - with the good guys and bad guys, as simple as that. Well, you know something, Mister Limey Poofter?  You're right.  And let me tell you who those bad guys are.  They're us.  WE BE BAD.

"We're the baddest-assed sons of bitches that ever jogged in Reeboks.  We're three-quarters grizzly bear and two-thirds car wreck and descended from a stock market crash on our mother's side.  You take your Germany, France and Spain, roll them all together and it wouldn't give us room to park our cars.  We're the big boys, Jack, the original, giant, economy-sized, new and improved butt kickers of all time.  When we snort coke in Houston, people lose their hats in Cap d'Antibes.  And we've got an American Express card credit limit higher than your piss-ant metric numbers go.

"You say our country's never been invaded?  You're right, little buddy.  Because I'd like to see the needle-dick foreigners who'd have the guts to try.  We drink napalm to get our hearts started in the morning.  A rape and a mugging is our way of saying 'Cherrio.'  Hell can't hold our sock-hops.  We walk taller, talk louder, spit further, f**k longer and buy more things than you know the names of.  I'd rather be a junkie in a New York City jail than king, queen and jack of all you Europeans.  We eat little countries like this for breakfast and s**t them out before lunch."

Of course, the guy should have punched me.  But this was Europe.  He just smiled his shabby, superior European smile.  (God, don't these people have dentists?)

We are posting ten more quotes from his book at our Facebook page.  Come join and read along!

U/T: Tam for the book recommendation

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