Henry Lewis Mencken 1880-1956

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Platitude—An idea (a) that is admitted to be true by everyone, and (b) that is not true.
H.L. (Henry Lewis) Mencken (18801956), U.S. journalist, critic. A Mencken Chrestomathy, ch. 30, p. 617, Knopf (1949).
Poetry has done enough when it charms, but prose must also convince.
H.L. (Henry Lewis) Mencken (1880-1956), U.S. journalist, essayist. Prejudices, Third Series, Knopf (1922).
Nietzsche, to the end of his days, remained a Russian pastor's son, and hence two-thirds of a Puritan; he erected his war upon holiness, toward the end, into a sort of holy war.
H.L. (Henry Lewis) Mencken (1880-1956), U.S. journalist, critic. Originally published in A Book of Prefaces (1916). The Vintage Mencken, ch. 7, p. 51, ed. Alistair Cooke, Vintage (1956). In an essay on Theodore Dreiser.

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