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H. L. Mencken
(full name: Henry Louis Mencken)
American journalist, critic and editor
(1880-1956)



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Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want, and deserve to get it good and hard.
-- A Little Book in C major (1916)

Conscience: the inner voice which warns us that someone may be looking.
-- A Little Book in C major (1916)

When women kiss it always reminds one of prize-fighters shaking hands.
-- Chrestomathy (1949)

Love is a delusion that one woman differs from another.
-- Chrestomathy (1949)

Puritanism. The haunting fear that someone, somewhere, may be happy.
-- Chrestomathy (1949)

Opera in English is, in the main, just about as sensible as baseball in Italian.
-- Quoted in The Frank Muir Book: An Irreverent Companion to Social History(Frank Muir, 1976)

"It is now quite lawful for a Catholic woman to avoid pregnancy by a resort to mathematics, though she is still forbidden to resort to physics and chemistry."
-- "Minority Report", collected in Notebooks (1956)


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The selection of the above quotes and the writing of the accompanying notes was performed by the author David Paul Wagner.

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