Reason as the Leading Motive

Mencken the Great

Posted by Jerry on August 24, 2006

“God is the immemorial refuge of the incompetent, the helpless, the miserable. They find not only sanctuary in His arms, but also a kind of superiority, soothing to their macerated egos; He will set them above their betters.” — H.L. Mencken

“The ideal government of all reflective men, from Aristotle onward, is one which lets the individual alone.” — H.L. Mencken

“Communism, like any other revealed religion, is largely made up of prophecies.” — H.L. Mencken


2 Responses to “Mencken the Great”

  1. detritus76 said

    Mencken truly was a great wordster, or something like that. I can’t think of a good description – I’m no Mencken. He certainly posessed one of the greatest sarcastic wits ever committed to print, and I wish I could emulate him.

    Do you ever have one of those days where you feel as if every word you’ve typed is misspelled? How very Thursday.

  2. Ergo said

    Hi Detritus! It’s been a while since I’ve seen you around the blogosphere. Good to see you. 🙂

    I’m only now reading of Mencken. And it’s been one of those rare discoveries of finding a writer whose writing (style and choice of words) I can identify with and wholly appreciate.
    I like his sharp and direct commentary. No obfuscations of any kind.

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