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Henry Louis Mencken

1880-1956. American journalist, satirist and social critic.

Books by Henry Louis Mencken

No matter how happily a woman may be married, it always pleases her to discover that there is a nice man who wishes that she were not.

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Man is always looking for someone to boast to; woman is always looking for a shoulder to put her head on.

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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 be a slave. And I believe it is better to know than to be ignorant.

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Democracy is also a form of religion. It is the worship of jackals by jackasses.

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The truth that survives is simply the lie that is pleasantest to believe.

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To be in love is merely to be in a perpetual state of anesthesia.

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There are people who read too much: bibliobibuli. I know some who are constantly drunk on books, as other men are drunk on whiskey or religion. They wander through this most diverting and stimulating of worlds in a haze, seeing nothing and hearing nothing.

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Unionism, seldom if ever, uses such powers as it has to ensure better work; almost always it devotes a large part of that power to safeguard bad work.

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Philosophy consists very largely of one philosopher arguing that all others are jackasses. He usually proves it, and I should add that he also usually proves that he is one himself.

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We must be willing to pay a price for freedom.

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