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H. L. Mencken
(1880-1956) born on
Sep 12
US editor, satirist. He is known for his biting satire, insults, and debunking in "The American Mercury," 1924-33.
The theater. . . is not life in miniature, but life enormously magnified, life hideously exaggerated.

The idea that leisure is of value in itself is only conditionally true. . . . The average man simply spends his leisure as a dog spends it. His recreations are all puerile, and the time supposed to benefit him really only stupefies him.
The only cure for contempt is countercontempt.
Man is a beautiful machine that works very badly. He is like a watch of which the most that can be said is that its cosmetic effect is good.
God is the immemorial refuge of the incompetent, the helpless, the miserable. They find not only sanctuary in His arms, but also a kind of superiority, soothing to their macerated egos: He will set them above their betters.
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Published Sources for the above Quotations:
F: Prejudices, 1919
R: Minority Report: H. L. Mencken's Notebooks, no. 87 (1956).
A: Minority Report: H. L. Mencken's Notebooks, no. 99 (1956).
N: Minority Report," 20
K: Minority Report: H. L. Mencken's Notebooks, no. 35, 1956.

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