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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
I hate all sports as rabidly as a person who likes sports hates common sense.

R
We must respect 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 smart.
A
It is now quite lawful for a Catholic woman to avoid pregnancy by a resort to mathematics, though she is still forbidden to resort to physics and chemistry.
N
Government is actually the worst failure of civilized man. There has never been a really good one, and even those that are most tolerable are arbitrary, cruel, grasping and unintelligent.
K
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.
 
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Published Sources for the above Quotations:
F: Recalled on his death 29 Jan 56
R: Notebooks," 'Minority Report'
A: Notebooks, "Minority Report," 1956.
N: Minority Report: H. L. Mencken's Notebooks, no. 68, 1956.
K: Prejudices, 1919
   


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