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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
Women have simple tastes. They can get pleasure out of the conversation of children in arms and men in love.

R
Opera in English, is about as sensible as baseball in Italian.
A
Love is the delusion that one woman differs from another.
N
Sin is a dangerous toy in the hands of the virtuous. It should be left to the congenitally sinful, who know when to play with it and when to let it alone.
K
The men the American people admire most extravagantly are the most daring liars; the men they detest most violently are those who try to tell the truth.
 
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Published Sources for the above Quotations:
F: ``Sententiae,'' in 'A Book of Burlesques'
R: The Frank Muir Book," (Frank Muir)
A: Recalled on his death 29 Jan 56
N: The American Mercury, 2/1/1929
K: quoted in Alistair Cooke, ed., 'The Vintage Mencken'
   


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