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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
All successful newpapers are ceaselessly querulous and bellicose. They never defend anyone or anything if they can help it; if the job is forced upon them, they tackle it by denouncing someone or something else.

R
There is nothing worse than an idle hour, with no occupation offering. People who have many such hours are simply animals waiting docilely for death. We all come to that state soon or late. It is the curse of senility.
A
What men value in this world is not rights, but privileges.
N
A nun, at best, is only half a woman, just as a priest is only half a man.
K
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.
 
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Published Sources for the above Quotations:
F: Prejudices, ch. 13, First Series (1919).
R: Minority Report: H. L. Mencken's Notebooks, no. 87, 1956.
A: Notebook Entry, 1956
N: Minority Report: H. L. Mencken's Notebooks, no. 221, 1956.
K: Minority Report: H. L. Mencken's Notebooks, no. 57, 1956.
   


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