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H. L. Mencken

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Men are the only animals that devote themselves, day in and day out, to making one another unhappy. ...
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What the meaning of human life may be I don't know: I incline to suspect that it has none.
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We are here and it is now. Further than that all human knowledge is moonshine.
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The world always makes the assumption that the exposure of an error is identical with the discovery ...
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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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In war the heroes always outnumber the soldiers ten to one.
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There is always a well-known solution to every human problem--neat, plausible, and wrong.
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Sunday: A day given over by Americans to wishing they were dead and in heaven, and that their neighb...
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Jury: a group of twelve men who, having lied to the judge about their hearing, health and business e...
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A man always remembers his first love with special tenderness, but after that he begins to bunch the...
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Every man is thoroughly happy twice in his life: just after he has met his first love, and just afte...
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No normal man ever fell in love after thirty when the kidneys begin to disintegrate.
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Lawer: one who protects us against robbery by taking away the temptation.
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Wife: one who is sorry she did it, but would undoubtedly do it again.
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War will never cease until babies begin to come into the world with larger cerebums and smaller adre...
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...no man of genuinely superior intelligence has ever been an actor. Even supposing a young man of a...
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The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed [and hence clamorous to be led t...
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Under democracy, one party always devotes its chief energies to trying to prove that the other party...
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We must be willing to pay a price for freedom.
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One horse-laugh is worth ten thousand syllogisms. It is not only more effective; it is also vastly ...
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Nothing is so abject and pathetic as a politician who has lost his job, save only a retired stud-hor...
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A church is a place in which gentlemen who have never been to heaven brag about it to persons who wi...
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No married man is genuinely happy if he has to drink worse whisky than he used to drink when he was ...
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Bachelors know more about women than married men; if they didn't they'd be married too.
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We are here and it is now. Further than that, all human knowledge is moonshine.
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When a new source of taxation is found it never means, in practice, that the old source is abandoned...
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Philosophy consists very largely of one philosopher arguing that all others are jackasses. He usuall...
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Man is always looking for someone to boast to; woman is always looking for a shoulder to put her hea...
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A man's women folk, whatever their outward show of respect for his merit and authority, always regar...
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Bachelors have consciences, married men have wives.
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Injustice is relatively easy to bear what stings is justice.
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The penalty for laughing in a courtroom is six months in jail; if it were not for this penalty, the ...
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The basic fact about human existence is not that it is a tragedy, but that it is a bore. It is not s...
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Historian -- an unsuccessful novelist.
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The evidence of the emotions, save in cases where it has strong objective support, is really no evid...
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Democracy is also a form of religion. It is the worship of jackals by jackasses.
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It is impossible to think of a man of any actual force and originality, universally recognized as ha...
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Conscience is a mother-in-law whose visit never ends.
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Communism, like any other revealed religion, is largely made up of prophecies.
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The world always makes the assumption that the exposure of an error is identical with the discovery ...
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