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H. L. Mencken (1880 - 1956)
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Any man who afflicts the human race with ideas must be prepared to see them misunderstood.
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Conscience is a mother-in-law whose visit never ends.
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Criticism is prejudice made plausible.
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Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want and deserve to get it good and hard.
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Every decent man is ashamed of the government he lives under.
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Every normal man must be tempted at times to spit on his hands, hoist the black flag, and begin to slit throats.
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Faith may be defined briefly as an illogical belief in the occurrence of the improbable.
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For centuries, theologians have been explaining the unknowable in terms of the-not-worth-knowing.
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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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Giving every man a vote has no more made men wise and free than Christianity has made them good.
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I believe that all government is evil, and that trying to improve it is largely a waste of time.
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I never lecture, not because I am shy or a bad speaker, but simply because I detest the sort of people who go to lectures and don't want to meet them.
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In the United States, doing good has come to be, like patriotism, a favorite device of persons with something to sell.
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Injustice is relatively easy to bear; what stings is justice.
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It is even harder for the average ape to believe that he has descended from man.
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It is hard to believe that a man is telling the truth when you know that you would lie if you were in his place.
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It is impossible to imagine Goethe or Beethoven being good at billiards or golf.
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It is inaccurate to say that I hate everything. I am strongly in favor of common sense, common honesty, and common decency. This makes me forever ineligible for public office.
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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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It is the dull man who is always sure, and the sure man who is always dull.
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