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H. L. Mencken (1880 - 1956)
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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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Puritanism: The haunting fear that someone, somewhere, may be happy.
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Say what you will about the Ten Commandments, you must always come back to the pleasant fact that there are only ten of them.
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The capacity of human beings to bore one another seems to be vastly greater than that of any other animal.
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The chief value of money lies in the fact that one lives in a world in which it is overestimated.
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The demagogue is one who preaches doctrines he knows to be untrue to men he knows to be idiots.
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The government consists of a gang of men exactly like you and me. They have, taking one with another, no special talent for the business of government; they have only a talent for getting and holding office.
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The men the American people 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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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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The most common of all follies is to believe passionately in the palpably not true. It is the chief occupation of mankind.
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The older I grow the more I distrust the familiar doctrine that age brings wisdom.
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