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Quotation of the Day…

… is from pages 186-187 of the 1997 Johns Hopkins University Press edition of H.L. Mencken’s indispensable 1956 collection, Minority Report:

Unknown-3The kinds of courage I really admire are not whooped up in war, but cried down, and indeed become infamous.  No one, in such times of irrational and animal-like emotion, ever praises the man who stands out against the official balderdash, and seeks to restore the national thinking, so called, to a reasonable sanity.  On the contrary, he is regarded as a shabby and evil fellow, and there is not much protest when he is punished in a summary and barbaric manner, without any consideration whatever of the evidence against him.  It is sufficient that he refuses to sing the hymn currently lined out.


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