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H. L. Mencken Quotes
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Man is a beautiful machine that works very badly. He is like a watch of which the most that can be said is that its cosmetic effect is good.
Neither sex, without some fertilization of the complementary characters of the other, is capable of the highest reaches of human endeavor.
The wholly manly man lacks the wit necessary to give objective form to his soaring and secret dreams, and the wholly womanly woman is apt to be too cynical a creature to dream at all.
Man, without a saving touch of woman in him, is too doltish, too naive and romantic, too easily deluded and lulled to sleep by his imagination to be anything above a cavalryman, a theologian or a corporation director.
The military caste did not originate as a party of patriots, but as a party of bandits.
The difference between a moral man and a man of honor is that the latter regrets a discreditable act, even when it has worked and he has not been caught.
What is too often forgotten is that nature obviously intends the botched to die, and that every interference with that benign process is full of dangers.
New York is the place where all the aspirations of the Western World meet to form one vast master aspiration, as powerful as the suction of a steam dredge. It is the icing on the pie called Christian civilization.
Metaphysics is almost always an attempt to prove the incredible by an appeal to the unintelligible.
If experience teaches us anything at all, it teaches us this: that a good politician, under democracy, is quite as unthinkable as an honest burglar.
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