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

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

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Love is an emotion that is based on an opinion of women that is impossible for those who have had read more

Love is an emotion that is based on an opinion of women that is impossible for those who have had any experience with them.

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Philosophy consists very largely of one philosopher arguing that all other philosophers are jackasses. He usually proves it, and I read more

Philosophy consists very largely of one philosopher arguing that all other philosophers are jackasses. He usually proves it, and I should add that he also usually proves that he is one himself.

by H. L. Mencken Found in: Society Quotes,
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The difference between a moral man and a man of honor is that the latter regrets a discreditable act, even read more

The difference between a moral man and a man of honor is that the latter regrets a discreditable act, even when it has worked and he has not been caught.

by H. L. Mencken Found in: Honor Quotes,
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Demagogue: one who preaches doctrines he knows to be untrue to men he knows to be idiots.

Demagogue: one who preaches doctrines he knows to be untrue to men he knows to be idiots.

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