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Henry Mencken

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"We must repsect the other fellow's religion, but only in the sense and to the extent that we respect his theory that his wife is beautiful and his children are smart." Anti-Religion 4.3 avg (27 votes)
"Wars are seldom caused by spontaneous hatreds between people, for peoples in general are too ignorant of one another to have grievances and too indifferent to what goes on beyond their borders to plan conquests. They must be urged to the slaughter by politicians who know how to alarm them." War & Peace 4.8 avg (4 votes)
"Under democracy one party always devotes its chief energies to trying to prove that the other party is unfit to rule - and both commonly succeed, and are right." Democracy 4.8 avg (5 votes)
"To wage a war for a purely moral reason is as absurd as to ravish a woman for a purely moral reason." War & Peace 4.4 avg (7 votes)
"The world always makes the assumption that the exposure of an error is identical with the discovery of truth--that the error and truth are simply opposite. They are nothing of the sort. What the world turns to, when it is cured on one error, is usually simply another error, and maybe one worse than the first one." Truth & Lies 4.8 avg (6 votes)
"The trouble with fighting for human freedom is that one spends most of one's time defending scoundrels. For it is against scoundrels that oppressive laws are first aimed, and oppression must be stopped at the beginning if it is to be stopped at all." Freedom, Laws 4.5 avg (8 votes)
"The one permanent emotion of the inferior man is fear - fear of the unknown, the complex, the inexplicable. What he wants above everything else is safety." Fear 4.8 avg (14 votes)
"The older I grow the more I distrust the familiar doctrine that age brings wisdom." Age, Wisdom 4.3 avg (11 votes)
"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." Government 3.7 avg (3 votes)
"The essence of a self-reliant and autonomous culture is an unshakeable egoism." Pride 5.0 avg (3 votes)
"The difference between a moral man and a man of honor is that the latter regrets a discreditable act, even when it has worked and he has not been caught." Morality 4.5 avg (8 votes)
"The chief value of money lies in the fact that one lives in a world in which it is overestimated." Money 3.3 avg (4 votes)
"Say what you will about the Ten Commandments, you must always come back to the pleasant fact that there are only ten of them." Christianity 3.8 avg (4 votes)
"Religion is fundamentally opposed to everything I hold in veneration - courage, clear thinking, honesty, fairness, and, above all, love of the truth." Anti-Religion 4.4 avg (37 votes)
"Puritanism - the haunting fear that someone, somewhere, may be happy." Anti-Religion 4.7 avg (42 votes)
"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." Philosophy 4.3 avg (8 votes)
"No one ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of the American public." America 4.8 avg (68 votes)
"Marriage is a wonderful institution, but who would want to live in an institution?" Marriage 5.0 avg (11 votes)
"Love is the triumph of imagination over intelligence." Love 4.5 avg (20 votes)
"Love is like war: easy to begin but very hard to stop." Love, War & Peace 4.6 avg (51 votes)

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