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H. L. Mencken
Born September 12, 1880.  Died January 29, 1956.  American editor, essayist and social critic.

  • I believe that all government is evil, and that trying to improve it is largely a waste of time.
  • Every decent man is ashamed of the government he lives under.
  • A politician is an animal which can sit on a fence and yet keep both ears to the ground.
  • No one ever went broke underestimating the taste of the American public.
  • All the extravagance and incompetence of our present Government is due, in the main, to lawyers, and, in part at least, to good ones. They are responsible for nine-tenths of the useless and vicious laws that now clutter the statute-books, and for all the evils that go with the vain attempt to enforce them. Every Federal judge is a lawyer. So are most Congressmen. Every invasion of the plain rights of the citizens has a lawyer behind it. If all lawyers were hanged tomorrow, and their bones sold to a mah jong factory, we'd be freer and safer, and our taxes would be reduced by almost a half.