Selected Quotes of H. L. Mencken

"The most common of all follies is to believe passionately in the palpably not true. It is the chief occupation of mankind. "
   --H. L. Mencken

"The most dangerous man, to any government, is the man who is able to think things out for himself, without regard to the prevailing superstitions and taboos. Almost inevitably he comes to the conclusion that the government he lives under is dishonest, insane and intolerable, and so, if he is romantic, he tries to change it. And even if he is not romantic personally he is very apt to spread discontent among those who are. "
   --H. L. Mencken

"There is always a well-known solution to every human problem—neat, plausible, and wrong. "
   --H. L. Mencken, 1920, Prejudices: Second Series by H. L. Mencken (Henry Louis Mencken), Chapter 4: The Divine Afflatus, Start Page 155, Borzoi: Alfred A. Knopf, New York.(but often attributed to othere as well)