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H. L. Mencken



    It is even harder for the average ape to believe that he has descended from man.

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    Nobody ever went broke underestimating the taste of the American public.

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    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.

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    Love is like war: easy to begin but very hard to stop.

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    Love is the delusion that one woman differs from another.

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    Love is the triumph of imagination over intelligence.

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    Bachelors know more about women than married men; if they didn't they'd be married too.

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    Strike an average between what a woman thinks of her husband a month before she marries him and what she thinks of him a year afterward, and you will have the truth about him.

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    War will never cease until babies begin to come into the world with larger cerebrums and smaller adrenal glands.

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    In this world of sin and sorrow there is always something to be thankful for; as for me, I rejoice that I am not a Republican.

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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 menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.

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    The older I grow the more I distrust the familiar doctrine that age brings wisdom.

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    Democracy is the art and science of running the circus from the monkey cage.

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    Historian: an unsuccessful novelist.

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    Legend: A lie that has attained the dignity of age.

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    Honor is simply the morality of superior men.

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    The only really happy folk are married women and single men.

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    Women always excel men in that sort of wisdom which comes from experience. To be a woman is in itself a terrible experience.

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    Women have simple tastes. They get pleasure out of the conversation of children in arms and men in love.

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    Whenever a husband and wife begin to discuss their marriage, they are giving evidence at an inquest.

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