Thursday, August 23, 2007

Minority Report. HL Mencken. Significant Sentences 07.

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

"The capacity of human beings to bore one another...." p. 56.

"Government is actually the worst failure of civilized man...has never been a really good one, and even those that are most tolerable are arbitrary, cruel, grasping and unintelligent." p. 57.

"There are people who read too much." p. 59.

"I am willing to go along with an innovator so long as I am convinced that he is making a sincere effort to arrive at the truth. The moment I begin to suspect that his desire for the truth is corrupted by an itch to sell something, I quit." p. 59.

"It is impossible to imagine the universe run by a wise, just and omnipotent God, but it is quite easy to imagine it run by a board of gods." p. 63.

"It may be, indeed, that the artistic impulse is simply a kind of disgust with things as they are." p. 63. [I would substitute "creative impulse" for "artistic impulse." RayS.]

"The artist is one who tries to create a better world than the one in front of him." p. 64.

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