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Dave Barry

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"In some versions of my original contest column I had proposed, in a lighthearted manner, that we reduce the deficit by 'selling unnecessary states such as Oklahoma to the Japanese.' This caused a number of Oklahomans to send in letters containing many correctly spelled words and making the central lighthearted point that I am a jerk. They also sent me official literature stating that Oklahoma has enormous quantities of culture in the form of ballet, Oral Roberts, etc., and that the Official State Reptile -- I am not making this up -- is something called the 'Mountain Boomer.' So I apologize to Oklahoma, and as a token of my sincerity I'm willing to sell my state, Florida, to the Japanese, assuming nobody objects to the fact that Japan would suddenly become the most heavily armed nation on Earth." Dave Barry 4.8 avg (4 votes)
"We should enact an 'e' tax. Government agents would roam the country looking for stores whose names contained any word that ended in an unnecessary 'e,' such as 'shoppe' or 'olde,' and the owners of these stores would be taxed at a flat rate of $50,000 per year per 'e.' We should also consider an additional $50,000 'ye' tax, so that the owner of a store called 'Ye Olde Shoppe' would have to fork over $150,000 a year. In extreme cases, such as 'Ye Olde Barne Shoppe,' the owner would simply be taken outside and shot." Dave Barry 4.7 avg (16 votes)
"If a woman has to choose between catching a fly ball and saving an infant's life, she will choose to save the infant's life without even considering if there are men on base." Dave Barry 4.7 avg (21 votes)
"Like many members of the uncultured, Cheez-It consuming public, I am not good at grasping modern art." Dave Barry 4.7 avg (3 votes)
"Magnetism, as you recall from physics class, is a powerful force that causes certain items to be attracted to refrigerators." Dave Barry 4.7 avg (3 votes)
"Thus the metric system did not really catch on in the States, unless you count the increasing popularity of the nine-millimeter bullet." Dave Barry 4.7 avg (9 votes)
"You can say any foolish thing to a dog, and the dog will give you a look that says, "My God, you're right! I never would've thought of that!"" Dave Barry 4.7 avg (15 votes)
"The reason gas stations sell food, of course, is that the supermarkets are busy cashing checks. The supermarkets have to cash checks because the banks are busy mailing unsolicited credit cards to everybody in the Western Hemisphere. The result is that very few people fix cars." Dave Barry 4.7 avg (6 votes)
"Without computers, the government would be unable to function at the level of effectiveness and efficiency that we have come to expect. This is because the primary function of the government is -- and here I am quoting directly from the U.S. Constitution -- 'to spew out paper.'" Dave Barry 4.7 avg (3 votes)
"To you taxpayers out there, let me say this: Make sure you file your tax return on time! And remember that, even though income taxes can be a �pain in the neck,� the folks at the IRS are regular people just like you, except that they can destroy your life." Dave Barry 4.7 avg (6 votes)
"It is a well-documented fact that guys will not ask for directions. This is a biological thing. This is why it takes several million guy sperm cells, each one wriggling in its own direction, totally confident it knows where it is going, to locate a female egg, despite the fact that the egg is, relative to them, the size of Wisconsin." Dave Barry 4.6 avg (11 votes)
"Life is anything that dies when you stomp on it." Dave Barry 4.6 avg (5 votes)
"The leading cause of death among fashion models is falling through street grates." Dave Barry 4.6 avg (5 votes)
"If you surveyed a hundred typical middle-aged Americans, I bet you'd find that only two of them could tell you their blood types, but every last one of them would know the theme song from The Beverly Hillbillies." Dave Barry 4.6 avg (7 votes)
"The Internet is a giant international network of intelligent, informed computer enthusiasts, by which I mean, "people without lives." We don't care. We have each other..." Dave Barry, Internet 4.6 avg (7 votes)
"To defend Western Europe we have to let the Pentagon buy all these tanks and guns and things, and the Pentagon is unable to buy any object that that costs less than a condominium in Vail. If the Pentagon needs, say, fruit, it will argue that it must have fruit that can withstand the rigors of combat conditions, and it will wind up purchasing the FX-700 Seedless Tactical Grape, which will cost $160,000 per bunch, and will have an 83 percent failure rate." Dave Barry 4.6 avg (7 votes)
"I hate rap music, which to me sounds like a bunch of angry men shouting, possibly because the person who was supposed to provide them with a melody never showed up." Dave Barry 4.6 avg (43 votes)
"American business long ago gave up on demanding that prospective employees be honest and hardworking. It has even stopped hoping for employees who are educated enough that they can tell the difference between the men's room and the women's room without having little pictures on the doors." Dave Barry 4.5 avg (6 votes)
"As a child, I was more afraid of tetanus shots than, for example, Dracula." Dave Barry 4.5 avg (4 votes)
"In the old days, it was not called the Holiday Season; the Christians called it 'Christmas' and went to church; the Jews called it 'Hanukkah' and went to synagogue; the atheists went to parties and drank. People passing each other on the street would say 'Merry Christmas!' or 'Happy Hanukkah!' or (to the atheists) 'Look out for the wall!'" Christmas, Dave Barry 4.5 avg (16 votes)


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