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Henry Mencken

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"It is the dull man who is always sure, and the sure man who is always dull." Miscellaneous 3.0 avg (2 votes)
"It is hard to believe that a man is telling the truth when you know that you would lie if you were in his place." Truth & Lies 4.8 avg (16 votes)
"In the United States, doing good has come to be, like patriotism, a favorite device of persons with something to sell." America 2.8 avg (4 votes)
"Imagine the Creator as a low comedian, and at once the world becomes explicable." Theology 4.2 avg (6 votes)
"I believe that all government is evil, and that trying to improve it is largely a waste of time." Government 4.3 avg (7 votes)
"Giving every man a vote has no more made men wise and free than Christianity has made them good." Voting 4.7 avg (3 votes)
"Freedom of the press is limited to those who own one." Freedom 4.9 avg (8 votes)
"For centuries, theologians have been explaining the unknowable in terms of the-not-worth-knowing." Theology 3.0 avg (5 votes)
"Faith may be defined briefly as an illogical belief in the occurrence of the improbable." Faith 3.7 avg (9 votes)
"Every government is a scoundrel." Government 4.7 avg (3 votes)
"Every decent man is ashamed of the government he lives under." Government 3.8 avg (4 votes)
"Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want and deserve to get it good and hard." Democracy 5.0 avg (10 votes)
"Criticism is prejudice made plausible." Miscellaneous 2.5 avg (2 votes)
"Conscience is the inner voice that warns us somebody may be looking." Morality 4.8 avg (6 votes)
"Any man who afflicts the human race with ideas must be prepared to see them misunderstood." Ideas 4.3 avg (4 votes)
"All men are frauds. The only difference between them is that some admit it. I myself deny it." Miscellaneous 5.0 avg (2 votes)
"A poet more than thirty years old is simply an overgrown child." Poetry 4.0 avg (2 votes)
"A judge is a law student who marks his own examination papers." Laws 4.5 avg (2 votes)
"A Galileo could no more be elected president of the United States than he could be elected Pope of Rome. Both high posts are reserved for men favored by God with an extraordinary genius for swathing the bitter facts of life in bandages of self-illusion." America, Politics 4.4 avg (5 votes)
"A cynic is a man who, when he smells flowers, looks around for a coffin." Miscellaneous 4.9 avg (9 votes)

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