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H. L. Mencken

Henry Louis Mencken (September 12, 1880 – January 29, 1956) was an American journalist, satirist, cultural critic and scholar of American English. Known as the "Sage of Baltimore", he is regarded as one of the most influential American writers and prose stylists of the first half of the twentieth century. He commented widely on the social scene, literature, music, prominent politicians and contemporary movements. His satirical reporting on the Scopes trial, which he dubbed the "Monkey Trial", also gained him attention.

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Love is like war: easy to begin but very hard to stop.

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The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led t ...

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I believe that it is better to tell the truth than a lie. I believe it is better to be free than to ...

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In this world of sin and sorrow there is always something to be thankful for; as for me, I rejoice t ...

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Love is the triumph of imagination over intelligence.

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Nobody ever went broke underestimating the taste of the American public.

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Marriage is a wonderful institution, but who would want to live in an institution?

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It is even harder for the average ape to believe that he has descended from man.

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Democracy is the art and science of running the circus from the monkey cage.

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A man may be a fool and not know it, but not if he is married.

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The only really happy folk are married women and single men.

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Honor is simply the morality of superior men.

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We must be willing to pay a price for freedom.

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The basic fact about human existence is not that it is a tragedy, but that it is a bore. It is not s ...

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An idealist is one who, on noticing that roses smell better than a cabbage, concludes that it will a ...

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