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Quotations by author » Henry Louis Mencken
American humorous Journalist and Critic of American life who influenced US fiction through the 1920s, 1880-1956
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"As democracy is perfected, the office of president represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart's desire at last and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron." H. L. Mencken
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"Correct" spelling, indeed, is one of the arts that are far more esteemed by schoolma'ams than by practical men, neck-deep in the heat and agony of the world
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(Pedagogues:) More than any other class of blind leaders of the blind they are responsible for the degrading standardization which now afflicts the American people
America and Americans
A celebrity is one who is known by many people he is glad he doesn't know
Celebrity
A critic is a man who writes about things he doesn't like
Criticism
A cynic is a man who, when he smells flowers, looks around for a coffin.
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A fool who, after plain warning, persists in dosing himself with dangerous drugs should be free to do so, for his death is a benefit to the race in general
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A good politician is quite as unthinkable as an honest burglar
Politicians
A great literature is chiefly the product of inquiring minds in revolt against the immovable certainties of the nation
Literature
A great nation is any mob of people which produces at least one honest man a century
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A home is not a mere transient shelter: its essence lies in the personalities of the people who live in it
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A judge is a law student who marks his own examination papers.
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A large part of altruism, even when it is perfectly honest, is grounded upon the fact that it is uncomfortable to have unhappy people about one
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A man always blames the woman who fools him. In the same way he blames the door he walks into in the dark.
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A man always remembers his first love with special tenderness, but after that he begins to bunch them.
First love
A man is called a good fellow for doing things which, if done by a woman, would land her in a lunatic asylum
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A man loses his sense of direction after four drinks; a woman loses hers after four kisses
Men and Women
A man may be a fool and not know it, but not if he is married.
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A man of active and resilient mind outwears his friendships just as certainly as he outwears his love affairs, his politics and his epistemology.
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A man who is an agnostic by inheritance, so that he doesn't remember any time that he wasn't, has almost no hatred for the religious
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