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H. L. Mencken

Henry Louis Mencken (Nietzsche". He is often regarded as one of the most influential American writers of the early 20th century.
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Imagine the Creator as a low comedian, and at once the world becomes explicable.

H. L. Mencken

Sunday: A day given over by Americans to wishing they were dead and in heaven, and that their neighbors were dead and in hell.

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Husbands never become good; they merely become proficient.

H. L. Mencken

Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want and deserve to get it good and hard.

H. L. Mencken

The world always makes the assumption that the exposure of an error is identical with the discovery of truth--that the error and truth are simply opposite. They are nothing of the sort. What the world turns to, when it is cured on one error, is usually simply another error, and maybe one worse than the first one.

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Wife: a former sweetheart.

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Love is the delusion that one woman differs from another

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Lawer: one who protects us against robbery by taking away the temptation.

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Men are the only animals that devote themselves, day in and day out, to making one another unhappy. It is an art like any other. Its virtuosi are called altruists.

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For it is mutual trust, even more than mutual interest that holds human associations together. Our friends seldom profit us but they make us feel safe... Marriage is a scheme to accomplish exactly that same end.

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And what is a good citizen? Simply one who never says, does or thinks anything that is unusual. Schools are maintained in order to bring this uniformity up to the highest possible point. A school is a hopper into which children are heaved while they are still young and tender; therein they are pressed into certain standard shapes and covered from head to heels with official rubber-stamps.

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Judge: a law student who marks his own papers.

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Henry James would have been vastly improved as a novelist by a few whiffs of the Chicago stockyard.

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To be in love is merely to be in a state of perceptual anesthesia.

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The men the American public admire most extravagantly are the most daring liars; the men they detest most violently are those who try to tell them the truth.

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Self-respect: the secure feeling that no one, as yet, is suspicious.

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As democracy is perfected, the office of president represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart's desire at last and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron.

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It is now quite lawful for a Catholic woman to avoid pregnancy by a resort to mathematics, though she is still forbidden to resort to physics or chemistry.

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Under democracy one party always devotes its chief energies to trying to prove that the other party is unfit to rule - and both commonly succeed, and are right.

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New York: A third-rate Babylon.

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All [zoos] actually offer to the public in return for the taxes spent upon them is a form of idle and witless amusement, compared to which a visit to a penitentiary, or even to a State legislature in session, is informing, stimulating and ennobling.

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The cosmos is a gigantic flywheel making 10,000 revolutions per minute. Man is a sick fly taking a dizzy ride on it.

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Thanksgiving Day is a day devoted by persons with inflammatory rheumatism to thanking a loving Father that it is not hydrophobia.

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Opera in English is, in the main, just about as sensible as baseball in Italian.

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Unquestionably, there is progress. The average American now pays out twice as much in taxes as he formerly got in wages.

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