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Henry Mencken's quotes
"The older I grow the more I distrust the familiar doctrine that age brings wisdom."
"No one ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of the American public."
"A Galileo could no more be elected president of the United States than he could be elected Pope of Rome. Both high posts are reserved for men favored by God with an extraordinary genius for swathing the bitter facts of life in bandages of self-illusion."
"In the United States, doing good has come to be, like patriotism, a favorite device of persons with something to sell."
"Religion is fundamentally opposed to everything I hold in veneration - courage, clear thinking, honesty, fairness, and, above all, love of the truth."
"Puritanism - the haunting fear that someone, somewhere, may be happy."
"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."
"Say what you will about the Ten Commandments, you must always come back to the pleasant fact that there are only ten of them."
"Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want and deserve to get it good and hard."
"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."
"Faith may be defined briefly as an illogical belief in the occurrence of the improbable."
"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."
"Freedom of the press is limited to those who own one."
"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."
"Every decent man is ashamed of the government he lives under."
"I believe that all government is evil, and that trying to improve it is largely a waste of time."
"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."
"Every government is a scoundrel."
"Any man who afflicts the human race with ideas must be prepared to see them misunderstood."
"A judge is a law student who marks his own examination papers."
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