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Henry Louis Mencken Quotes

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I dont want any yes-men around me. I want everybody to tell me the truth even if it costs them their jobs.

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Life is a dead-end street.

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Every normal man must be tempted at times to spit upon his hands, hoist the black flag, and begin slitting throats.

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The truth that survives is simply the lie that is pleasantest to believe.

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Marriage is a wonderful institution, but who would want to live in an institution

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How little it takes to make life unbearable a pebble in the shoe, a cockroach in the spaghetti, a woman's laugh.

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Self-repect The secure feeling that no one, as yet, is suspicious.

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Puritanism The haunting fear that someone, somewhere, may be happy.

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Temptation is an irresistible force at work on a moveable body.

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Hanging one scoundrel, it appears, does not deter the next. Well, what of it The first one at least is disposed of.

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A man always blames the woman who fools him. In the same way he blames the door he walks into in the dark.

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A home is not a mere transient shelter its essence lies in the personalities of the people who live in it.

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Every normal man must be tempted, at times, to spit on his hands, hoist the black flag, and begin slitting throats.

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Conscience is the inner voice that warns us somebody is looking.

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The essence of a self-reliant and autonomous culture is an unshakable egoism.

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A celebrity is one who is known to many persons he is glad he doesn't know.

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