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H. L. Mencken Quotes
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The chief business of the nation, as a nation, is the setting up of heroes, mainly bogus.
A home is not a mere transient shelter: its essence lies in its permanence, in its capacity for accretion and solidification, in its quality of representing, in all its details, the personalities of the people who live in it.
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.
High-toned humanitarians constantly overestimate the sufferings of those they sympathize with.
An idealist is one who, on noticing that a rose smells better than a cabbage, concludes that it will also make better soup.
It is not materialism that is the chief curse of the world, as pastors teach, but idealism. Men get into trouble by taking their visions and hallucinations too seriously.
One horse-laugh is worth ten thousand syllogisms. It is not only more effective; it is also vastly more intelligent.
The basic fact about human existence is not that it is a tragedy, but that it is a bore. It is not so much a war as an endless standing in line.
The most disgusting cad in the world is the man who, on grounds of decorum and morality, avoids the game of love. He is one who puts his own ease and security above the most laudable of philanthropies.
Lying is not only excusable; it is not only innocent, and instinctive; it is, above all, necessary and unavoidable. Without the ameliorations that it offers life would become a mere syllogism, and hence too metallic to be borne.
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