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There is something poignantly pathetic in the picture of this valiant fighter—this arrogant ja-sager—this foe of men, gods and devils—being nursed and coddled like a little child. His old fierce pride and courage disappeared and he became docile and gentle. “You and I, my sister—we are happy!” he would say, and then his hand would slip out from his coverings and clasp that of the tender and faithful Lisbeth. Once she mentioned Wagner to him. “Den habe ich sehr geliebt!“ he said. All his old fighting spirit was gone. He remembered only the glad days and the dreams of his youth.


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There is something even more valuable to civilization than wisdom, and that is character
HENRY LOUIS MENCKEN
Life is a dead-end street.
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Faith may be defined briefly as an illogical belief in the occurrence of the improbable.
HENRY LOUIS MENCKEN
Unquestionably, there is progress. The average American now pays twice as much in taxes as he former...
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An idealist is one who, on noticing that a rose smells better than a cabbage, concludes that it will...
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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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Platitude: an idea (a) that is admitted to be true by everyone, and (b) that is not true.
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I never lecture, not because I am shy or a bad speaker, but simply because I detest the sort of peop...
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The most common of all follies is to believe passionately in the palpably not true. It is the chief ...
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Puritanism: The haunting fear that someone, somewhere, may be happy.
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Morality is the theory that every h uman act must be either right or wrong, and that 99 % of them a...
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Alimony - the ransom that the happy pay to the devil.
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An idealist is one who, on noticing that roses smell better than a cabbage, concludes that it will a...
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Marriage is a wonderful institution, but who would want to live in an institution?
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It is inaccurate to say that I hate everything. I am strongly in favor of common sense, common hones...
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The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule.
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A newspaper is a device for making the ignorant more ignorant and the crazy crazier.
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Temptation is a woman's weapon and man's excuse.
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The theory seems to be that as long as a man is a failure he is one of God's children, but that as s...
HENRY LOUIS MENCKEN
There is a saying in Baltimore that crabs may be prepared in fifty ways and that all of them are goo...
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Love is the delusion that one woman differs from another
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Man is a natural polygamist: he always has one woman leading him by the nose, and another hanging on...
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Puritanism is the haunting fear that someone, somewhere, may be happy.
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The worshiper is the father of the gods.
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We must respect the other fellow's religion, but only in the sense and to the extent that we respect...
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Marriage is a wonderful institution, but who would want to live in an institution.
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Historian: an unsuccessful novelist.
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Immortality is the condition of a dead man who doesn't believe he is dead.
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Alimony: the ransom the happy pay to the devil.
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A Sunday school is a prison in which children do penance for the evil conscience of their parents.
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Democracy: The worship of jackals by jackasses.
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Wife: a former sweetheart.
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The best years are the forties; after fifty a man begins to deteriorate, but in the forties he is at...
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New York: A third-rate Babylon.
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Theology is the effort to explain the unknowable in terms of the not worth knowing.
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Any man who, having a child or children he can't support, proceeds to have another should be sterili...
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And what is a good citizen? Simply one who never says, does or thinks anything that is unusual. Scho...
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If I had my way, any man guilty of golf would be ineligible for any office of trust in the United St...
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Adultery is the application of democracy to love.
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Democracy is the art and science of running the circus from the monkey cage.
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No man could bring himself to reveal his true character, and, above all, his true limitations as a c...
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School-days, I believe, are the unhappiest in the whole span of human existence. They are full of du...
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The aim of public education is not to spread enlightenment at all: it is simply to reduce as many in...
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There are two kinds of books. Those that no one reads and those that no one ought to read.
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There are people who read too much: bibliobibuli. I know some who are constantly drunk on books, as ...
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Every man is thoroughly happy twice in his life: just after he has met his first love, and just afte...
HENRY LOUIS MENCKEN
A cynic is a man who, when he smells flowers, looks around for a coffin.
HENRY LOUIS MENCKEN
Follow the rule of holes; if you are in one, stop digging.
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If I ever marry it will be on a sudden impulse, as a man shoots himself.
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Don't overestimate the decency of the human race.
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A man always blames the woman who fools him. In the same way he blames the door he walks into in the...
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