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Morals
Engrave this Quote Moral certainty is always a sign of cultural inferiority. The more uncivilized the man, the surer he is that he knows precisely what is right and what is wrong. All human progress, even in morals, has been the work of men who have doubted the current moral values, not of men who have whooped them up and tried to enforce them. The truly civilized man is always skeptical and tolerant, in this field as in all others. His culture is based on I am not too sure.
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Engrave this Quote Morality is the theory that every human act must be either right or wrong, and that 99% of them are wrong.
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-H. L. Mencken, A Mencken Chrestomathy, ch. 30, p. 617, 1949
Music
Engrave this Quote The opera is to music what a bawdy house is to a cathedral.
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Opera
Engrave this Quote Opera in English, is about as sensible as baseball in Italian.
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Patriotism
Engrave this Quote Whenever you hear a man speak of his love for his country, it is a sign that he expects to be paid for it.
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Perception
Engrave this Quote An idealist is one who, on noticing that a rose smells better than a cabbage, concludes that it is also more nourishing.
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-H. L. Mencken, A Little Book in C Major, p. 16, 1916
Philosophy
Engrave this Quote 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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Engrave this Quote There is no record in history of a happy philosopher.
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Engrave this Quote A metaphysician is one who, when you remark that twice two makes four, demands to know what you mean by twice, what by two, what by makes, and what by four. For asking such questions metaphysicians are supported in oriental luxury in the universities, and respected as educated and intelligent men.
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Pleasure
Engrave this Quote The average man does not get pleasure out of an idea because he thinks it is true; he thinks it is true because he gets pleasure out of it.
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Engrave this Quote Women have simple tastes. They get pleasure out of the conversation of children in arms and men in love.
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Politics
Engrave this Quote Nothing is so abject and pathetic as a politician who has lost his job, save only a retired stud-horse.
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Engrave this Quote A good politician is quite as unthinkable as an honest burglar.
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Engrave this Quote A politician is an animal which can sit on a fence and yet keep both ears to the ground.
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Engrave this Quote 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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Power
Engrave this Quote The urge to save humanity is almost always only a false face for the urge to rule it.
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Prejudice
Engrave this Quote One may no more live in the world without picking up the moral prejudices of the world than one will be able to go to hell without perspiring.
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Engrave this Quote So few men are really worth knowing, that it seems a shameful waste to let an anthropoid prejudice stand in the way of free association with one who is.
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Problems
Engrave this Quote For every complex problem there is an answer that is clear, simple, and wrong.
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Public
Engrave this Quote The public, with its mob yearning to be instructed, edified and pulled by the nose, demands certainties; it must be told definitely and a bit raucously that this is true and that is false. But there are no certainties.
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Quality
Engrave this Quote 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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Quotations
Engrave this Quote After all, all he did was string together a lot of old, well-known quotations.
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Reading
Engrave this Quote The chief knowledge that a man gets from reading books is the knowledge that very few of them are worth reading.
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Engrave this Quote There are two kinds of books. Those that no one reads and those that no one ought to read.
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Engrave this Quote 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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