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Quotes of the Day for 12 September 2000 – H. L. Mencken

Yesterday's quotes were picked by the editor of the American Cynic, today marks the birth in 1880 of one of the greatest American cynics of all time, H. L. Mencken. I've chosen some of my favorites from his work - I promise I'll provide an antidote tomorrow!

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The quotes:

[Texas is] the place where there are the most cows and the least milk and the most rivers and the least water in them, and where you can look the farthest to see the least.

Men become civilized, not in proportion to their willingness to believe, but in proportion to their readiness to doubt.

The allurement that women hold out to men is precisely the allurement that Cape Hatteras holds out to sailors: They are enormously dangerous and hence enormously fascinating.

There is always an easy solution to every human problem - neat, plausible, and wrong.

We must respect the other fellow's religion, but only in the sense that we respect his theory that his wife is beautiful and his children smart.
     All from H. L. Mencken, All

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