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A good politician is quite as unthinkable as an honest burglar. H. L. Mencken
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It is difficult to get a man to understand something when his income depends on his not understanding it. H. L. Mencken
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Say what you will about the Ten Commandments, you must always come back to the pleasant fact that there are only ten of them. H. L. Mencken
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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. H. L. Mencken
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Giving every man a vote has no more made men wise and free than Christianity has made them good. H. L. Mencken
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Love is the triumph of imagination over intelligence. H. L. Mencken
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Injustice is relatively easy to bear what stings is justice. H. L. Mencken
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The urge to save humanity is almost always only a false face for the urge to rule it. H. L. Mencken
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The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed -- and Hence Clamorous To Be Led To Safety by an endless series of hobgoblins. H. L. Mencken
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For every complex problem there is an answer that is clear, simple, and wrong. H. L. Mencken
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Before a man speaks, it is always safe to assume that he is a fool. After he speaks it is seldom necessary to assume. H. L. Mencken
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It is a sin to believe evil of others, but it is seldom a mistake. H. L. Mencken
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Legend : a lie that has attained the dignity of age. H. L. Mencken
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Unquestionably, there is progress. The average American now pays twice as much in taxes as he formerly got in wages. H. L. Mencken
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What men value in this world is not rights but privileges. H. L. Mencken
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Most people want security in this world, not liberty. H. L. Mencken
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I believe in only one thing: liberty; but I do not believe in liberty enough to want to force it upon anyone. H. L. Mencken
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Democracy is the art and science of running the circus from the monkey cage. H. L. Mencken
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It is hard for the ape to believe he descended from man. H. L. Mencken
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Puritanism: The haunting fear that someone, somewhere, may be happy. H. L. Mencken
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A society made up of individuals who were all capable of original thought would probably be unendurable. H. L. Mencken
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Conscience is the inner voice which warns us that someone may be looking. H. L. Mencken
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Whenever you hear a man speak of his love for his country, it is a sign that he expects to be paid for it. H. L. Mencken
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The common argument that crime is caused by poverty is a kind of slander on the poor. H. L. Mencken
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The chief value of money lies in the fact that one lives in a world in which it is overestimated. H. L. Mencken