Sunday, September 12, 2004

Might Europeans Benefit from Reading H L Mencken?

Today is the birthday of H. L. Mencken, the US editor, author, and critic (1880-1956) who said:
I believe it is better to tell the truth than to lie. I believe that it is better to be free than to be a slave. And I believe that it is better to know than to be ignorant.

Truth — Something somehow discreditable to someone.

A newspaper is a device for making the ignorant more ignorant and the crazy crazier.

No one in this world, so far as I know ... has ever lost money by underestimating the intelligence of the great masses of the plain people.

A judge is a law student who marks his own examination papers.

The government consists of a gang of men exactly like you and me. They have, taking one with another, no special talent for the business of government; they have only a talent for getting and holding office.