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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 truth is that the average schoolmaster, on all the lower levels, is and always must be essentially and next door to an idiot, for how can one imagine an intelligent man engaging in so puerile an avocation?

R
Here, indeed, was his one really notable talent. He slept more than any other President, whether by day or by night. . . . Nero fiddled, but Coolidge only snored. . . . He had no ideas, and he was not a nuisance.
A
A professor must have a theory as a dog must have fleas.
N
The aim of medicine is surely not to make men virtuous; it is to safeguard and rescue them from the consequences of their vices.
K
It is impossible to think of a man of any actual force and originality, universally recognized as having those qualities, who spent his whole life appraising and describing the work of other men.
 
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Published Sources for the above Quotations:
F: The Educational Process," in New York Evening Mail (23 Jan 1918; repr. in Prejudices, Third Series, 1922).
R: Referring to President Coolidge. American Mercury," 1933
A: Quoted by Geoffrey H Hartman "Easy Pieces," Columbia University 85
N: Prejudices," 'Types of Men: the Physician'
K: The Critical Process," in Smart Set (New York, Dec 1921; repr. in Prejudices, Third Series, 1922).
   


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