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H. L. Mencken Quotes
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Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want, and deserve to get it good and hard.
What democracy needs most of all is a party that will separate the good that is in it theoretically from the evils that beset it practically, and then try to erect that good into a workable system.
Alimony-The ransom that the happy pay to the devil.
If a sense of duty tortures a man, it also enables him to achieve prodigies.
The most satisfying and ecstatic faith is almost purely agnostic. It trusts absolutely without professing to know at all.
When I hear a man applauded by the mob I always feel a pang of pity for him. All he has to do to be hissed is to live long enough.
A man's women folk, whatever their outward show of respect for his merit and authority, always regard him secretly as an ass, and with something akin to pity.
It is surely no mere coincidence that the land of the emancipated and enthroned woman is also the land of canned soup, of canned pork and beans, of whole meals in cans, and of everything else ready made.
God is the immemorial refuge of the incompetent, the helpless, the miserable. They find not only sanctuary in His arms, but also a kind of superiority, soothing to their macerated egos; He will set them above their betters.
It takes a long while for a naturally trustful person to reconcile himself to the idea that after all God will not help him.
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