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H. L. Mencken (1880 - 1956)
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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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Love is the triumph of imagination over intelligence.
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Man is never honestly the fatalist, nor even the stoic. He fights his fate, often desperately. He is forever entering bold exceptions to the rulings of the bench of gods. This fighting, no doubt, makes for human progress, for it favors the strong and the brave. It also makes for beauty, for lesser men try to escape from a hopeless and intolerable world by creating a more lovely one of their own.
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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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Misogynist: A man who hates women as much as women hate one another.
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My guess is that well over 80 percent of the human race goes without having a single original thought.
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Never let your inferiors do you a favor - it will be extremely costly.
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Nobody ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of the American public.
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Opera in English is, in the main, just about as sensible as baseball in Italian.
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Philosophy consists very largely of one philosopher arguing that all others are jackasses. He usually proves it, and I should add that he also usually proves that he is one himself.
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Platitude: an idea (a) that is admitted to be true by everyone, and (b) that is not true.
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