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Civilization, in fact, grows more maudlin and hysterical; especially under democracy it tends to degenerate into a mere combat of crazes; 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, most of them imaginary.  Wars are no longer waged by the will of superior men, capable of judging dispassionately and intelligently the causes behind them and the effects flowing out of them.  They are now begun by first throwing a mob into a panic; they are ended only when it has spent its ferine fury.
  ―     H. L. Mencken
From his book: “In Defense Of Women
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2012 Got Sleep?
2011 Not Another Barren Corner

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A woman, if she hates her husband (and many of them do), can make life so sour and obnoxious to him that even death upon the gallows seems sweet by comparison.  This hatred, of course, is often, and perhaps almost invariably, quite justified.  To be the wife of an ordinary man, indeed, is an experience that must be very hard to bear.  The hollowness and vanity of the fellow, his petty meanness and stupidity, his puling sentimentality and credulity, his bombastic air of a cock on a dunghill, his anaesthesia to all whispers and summonings of the spirit, above all, his loathsome clumsiness in amour — all these things must revolt any woman above the lowest.
   ―    H.L. Mencken
From his book:  “In Defense Of Women
[As I mentioned in prior posts, less a defense of women and more an indictment of the “ordinary man”.   —    KMAB]
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On This Day In:
2012 Three Words
2011 Know Anyone Like This?
2010 Apoplexy??
When Breaking Up Is Hard To Do…
Sibling Awareness

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I am wholly devoid of public spirit or moral purpose.  This is incomprehensible to many men, and they seek to remedy the defect by crediting me with purposes of their own.  The only thing I respect is intellectual honesty, of which, of course, intellectual courage is a necessary part.  A Socialist who goes to jail for his opinions seems to me a much finer man than the judge who sends him there, though I disagree with all the ideas of the Socialist and agree with some of those of the judge.  But though he is fine, the Socialist is nevertheless foolish, for he suffers for what is untrue.  If I knew what was true, I’d probably be willing to sweat and strive for it, and maybe even to die for it to the tune of bugle-blasts.  But so far I have not found it.
  ―  H. L. Mencken
From his book: “In Defense Of Women
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On This Day In:
2012 Just Like Bubbles
2011 Caring and Driving
Achieve Greatly
2010 Unwise To Trust
Attitude
If The Mind Is Not Tired
Irrationally Crazy
2nd Pair – Shoe Review
Ahnu – Gesundheit!
 2009 As for me…
Health Care Reform Now!!

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If the work of the average man required half the mental agility and readiness of resource of the work of the average prostitute, the average man would be constantly on the verge of starvation.
 ―  H.L. Mencken
From his book: “In Defense Of Women
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On This Day In:
2012 Dew Drop Secrets
2011 Champion Freedom

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