Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Minority Report. HL Mencken. Significant Sentences 05

Significant sentences from HL Mencken's Minority Report, acerbic thoughts on American life and culture.

"Gambling...is the silliest of all the vices." p. 23.

"...men delight in work because there is a sense of relief and pleasure in getting something done...offers an escape from boredom...nothing harder to do than nothing." p. 24.

"God is the immemorial refuge of the incompetent, the helpless, the miserable; God will set them above their betters." p. 24.

"Equality before the law is probably forever unattainable." p. 25.

"...what men value in this world is not rights but privileges." p. 25.

"It collides, like the Russian system, with certain irremovable facts of human nature." p. 26.

"Free speech must either be thought of as a value in itself, or there is no uses in thinking of it at all." p. 27.

"Free speech's exercise must inevitably benefit fools quite as much as sensible men...." p. 27.

"The intellectuals believed as a cardinal article of faith that there was a remedy at hand for every conceivable public ill...." p. 28.

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