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HENRY LOUIS MENCKEN
American journalist and literary critic
(1880 - 1956)
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Criticism is prejudice made plausible.
      - [Criticism]

Democracy is a pathetic belief in the collective wisdom of individual ignorance.
      - [Democracy]

Do not overestimate the decency of the human race.
      - [Decency]

During the majority of his waking hours he is in close association with his pupils, who are admittedly his inferiors, and so he rapidly acquires the familiar, self-satisfied professorial attitude of mind.
      - [Teachers]

Economic independence is the foundation of the only sort of freedom worth a damn.
      - [Economics]

Every normal man must be tempted at times to spit upon his hands, hoist the black flag, and begin slitting throats.
      - [Anger]

Faith may be defined briefly as an illogical belief in the occurrence of the improbable.
      - [Faith]

For centuries, theologians have been explaining the unknowable in terms of the-not-worth-knowing.
      - [Religion]

For every complex problem, there is a solution that is simple, neat, and wrong.
      - [Laws of Life and Nature]

Free speech is too dangerous to a democracy to be permitted.
      - [Free Speech]

Giving every man a vote has no more made men wise and free than Christianity has made them good.
      - [Voting]

Government under democracy is thus government by orgy, almost by orgasm.
      - [Democracy]

Great artists are modest almost as seldom as they are faithful to their wives.
      - [Artists]

He marries best who puts it off until it is too late.
      - [Marriage]

History deals mainly with captains and kings, gods and prophets, exploiters and despoilers, not with useful men.
      - [History]

Husbands never become good; they merely become proficient.
      - [Husbands]

I roll out of my couch every morning with the more agreeable expectations.
      - [Expectation]

I'm thoroughly convinced that editors don't help authors.
      - [Editors]

I've made it a rule never to drink by daylight and never to refuse a drink after dark.
      - [Drinking]

In war, the heroes always outnumber the soldiers ten to one.
      - [War]

It doesn't take a majority to make a rebellion; it takes only a few determined leaders and a sound cause.
      - [Rebellion]

It is not the drinker, but the man who has just stopped drinking, who thinks the world is going to the dogs.
      - [Drinking]

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 or chemistry.
      - [Birth Control]

It is the dull man who is always sure, and the sure man who is always dull.
      - [Dullness]

Love is the triumph of imagination over intelligence.
      - [Love]


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