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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.
         
   
F
The theater. . . is not life in miniature, but life enormously magnified, life hideously exaggerated.

R
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.
A
The only cure for contempt is countercontempt.
N
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.
K
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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