You don't need people’s opinion on a fact. You might as well have a poll asking: ‘Which number is bigger, 15 or 5?’ or ‘Do owls exist?’ or ‘Are there hats?'

— John Oliver

The most scandalous John Oliver quotes that are life-changing and eye-opening

Drug companies are a bit like high school boyfriends - they're much more concerned with getting inside you than being effective once they're in there.

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Believe it or not the war on Iraq is based on a sound scientific principle, The bee hive principle. Which clearly states that if you are stung by a bee, you should follow it back to its nest and then proceed to beat nest to a pulp with a baseball bat until the stripey little turd has learned its lesson.

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News is not a game show. You don't win a car if you happen to be right.

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Economics is like the Dutch language - I'm told it makes sense, but I have my doubts.

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Anybody who claims to be excited for April Fools' Day is probably a sociopath.

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The Confederate flag is one of those things that should only be seen on t-shirts, belt buckles and bumper stickers to help the rest of us identify the worst people in the world.

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Once you learn how to make people laugh, then you get to choose exactly how you want to make them laugh.

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Politics has become infused with narcissism in America.

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It's a great time to be doing political satire when the world is on a knife edge.

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Campaign ads are the backbone of American democracy if American democracy suffered a gigantic spinal injury.

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I feel more at home knowing I'm not really at home.

It takes all the pressure off you trying to fit in!

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Congratulations, Congress! 77% disapproval rating! You may be about to become the English language's most offensive C-word.

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About John Oliver

Quotes 95 sayings
Profession Comedian
Birthday April 23, 1977

I think puns are not just the lowest form of wit, but the lowest form of human behavior.

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Being a Mets fan is like lending someone a lot of money and you just know that you'll never get paid back.

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Sometimes it's good to remember how bad food can be, so you can enjoy the concept of flavour to the fullest.

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Mr. President, no one is saying you broke any laws, we're just saying it's a little bit weird you didn't have to.

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I have exactly as much rhythm as you think I have.

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There are some people who watch NASCAR for the highly skilled driving - but most people watch it for the crashes.

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When you see people say crazy things on our show, they mean this stuff,and that's easy to forget: They're not joking.

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Pumpkin spice lattes are egg nog for morning people.

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My family is from Liverpool, so I have some of those vowel sounds, I've got the slack tone of someone from Birmingham, and then I was raised in Bedford, which is just north of London. So my accent, if it's possible, makes even less sense to a Brit than to an American.

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Iran is the middle child of the Axis of Evil.

Iraq is the oldest child and gets the lion's share of the attention, and North Korea is the crazy baby.

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Sarah Palin has been hired back by Fox News, and she only left five months ago.

She has now effectively quit quitting. She can't even commit to being uncommitted.

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The poverty line is like the age of consent: if you find yourself parsing exactly where it is, you’ve probably already done something very, very wrong.

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A Southern accent is not a club in my bag.

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People, I guess, generally come to see me do stand-up with a working knowledge of my broad sense of humor on The Daily Show ... I don't think anyone would mistake me as an actual anchor.

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If you’ve been here, in New York, it has been dominated by the UN General Assembly, the annual event where delegates come from all over the world to f*** up this city’s traffic.

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When I heard that Hitler had problems with flatulence, it's funny.

What - does that make him a funny man? No. It means he had funny moments when his rear end was speaking louder than his mouth.

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You know that things are not going well when you lose the moral high ground to a TMZ reporter.

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I did sketch comedy, but I never did improv. So I've just tried to learn as I go.

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As a general rule, no one should ever be allowed to say there is no history of racial tension here, because that sentence has never been true anywhere on Earth.

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I think I'm just a summer fling that people will soon forget.

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People in Britain see Richard Quest as a kind of an offensive cartoon character.

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I would much rather America was a more stable, wonderful place. You know, I love it.

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Veterans' issues are quite close to my heart. I find it quite hard to talk about, actually.

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In improv, the whole thing is that it is a relationship between the two people, as a back and forth. In standup, you don't really want to be listening to what somebody is saying; you want to project your jokes into their face.

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I guess the tone of jokes is often, at best, irreverent, but it always comes from a place of deep love.

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Everybody should care about facts. That is something all of us should agree on.

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I do one accent - my own. I can make it louder or quieter. That is the sum total of my vocal range. I thought I could do an American accent until I tried it in front of an American - the expression of horror is still burnt onto my retinas.

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Every empire has to get sucked down the drain. As a British person, I know how it feels.

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I'm British. I don't really have access to my emotions on a daily basis.

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Teenagers falling off skateboards - funny.

Nut shots - funny. Breaking wind - funny. The world cannot change those. Those three things are columns upon which humor is built.

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I think being an outsider in general always helps you in comedy.

I think it helps to have an outsider's eye. And so I have an outsider's voice. You know, as soon as I start talking, I don't belong here. And I think that helps in a way.

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I watch one news channel until my soul can't take it anymore. It's the background of my life.

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I can't relax. I find vacations problematic.

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Armando Iannucci is one of my heroes.

As I was growing up, he was probably the most influential comic voice that I had.

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Congress never loses its capacity to disappoint you.

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Welcome to The Daily Show, I'm John Oliver.

Jon Stewart is still not here. He is currently living out a live-action Lord of the Rings role-playing experience deep in the New Zealand wilderness.

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I'm not really much of an actor, so when I started on 'The Daily Show', I was just trying to adopt the faux authority of a newsperson.

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