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"Puritanism - the haunting fear that someone, somewhere, may be happy." -
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Top 5 quotes from Henry Mencken
"The essence of a self-reliant and autonomous culture is an unshakeable egoism."
"Marriage is a wonderful institution, but who would want to live in an institution?"
"Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want and deserve to get it good and hard."
"All men are frauds. The only difference between them is that some admit it. I myself deny it."
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Top 5 quotes from Anti-Religion
"I do not believe in the creed professed by the Jewish church, by the Roman church, by the Greek church, by the Turkish church, by the Protestant church, nor by any church that I know of. My own mind is my own church."
"Where knowledge ends, religion begins."
"Religion is excellent stuff for keeping common people quiet."
"What a man believes upon grossly insufficient evidence is an index into his desires -- desires of which he himself is often unconscious. If a man is offered a fact which goes against his instincts, he will scrutinize it closely, and unless the evidence is overwhelming, he will refuse to believe it. If, on the other hand, he is offered something which affords a reason for acting in accordance to his instincts, he will accept it even on the slightest evidence. The origin of myths is explained in this way."
"Puritanism - the haunting fear that someone, somewhere, may be happy."