09/12/2005: Significant days in American literary history:
Today is the 125th anniversary of the birth of Henry Louis Mencken, "the Sage of Baltimore". A few of Mencken's bon mots:
Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want, and deserve to get it good and hard.
If experience teaches us anything at all, it teaches us this: that a good politician, under democracy, is quite as unthinkable as an honest burglar.
The great artists of the world are never Puritans, and seldom even ordinarily respectable.
Giving every man a vote has no more made men wise and free than Christianity has made them good.
It is hard to believe that a man is telling the truth when you know that you would lie if you were in his place.
Puritanism is the haunting fear that someone, somewhere, may be happy.
Len on 09.12.05 @ 06:42 AM CST