"Historian: an unsuccessful novelist."
"Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall."H. L. Mencken on Confucius
"The dogmas of the quiet past are inadequate to the stormy present. The occasion is piled high with difficulty, and we must rise with the occasion. As our case is new, so we must think anew and act anew."H. L. Mencken on Abraham Lincoln
"A small body of determined spirits fired by an unquenchable faith in their mission can alter the course of history."H. L. Mencken on Mahatma Gandhi
"The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much it is whether we provide enough for those who have little."H. L. Mencken on Franklin D. Roosevelt
"I like the dreams of the future better than the history of the past."H. L. Mencken on Thomas Jefferson
"The older I grow the more I distrust the familiar doctrine that age brings wisdom."
"Legend: A lie that has attained the dignity of age."
"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."
"Democracy is the art and science of running the circus from the monkey cage."
"A national political campaign is better than the best circus ever heard of, with a mass baptism and a couple of hangings thrown in."
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