Thursday, August 20, 2009

H. L. Mencken

If I could "re-animate" anybody, it would be "The Sage Of Baltimore".

Dave Hardy has found a link to some of Mencken's choicest stuff about Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes. It's great stuff: link.

I particularly like Mencken's aside about Congress:
The typical lawmaker of today is a man wholly devoid of principle - a mere counter in a grotesque and knavish game. If the right pressure could be applied to him he would be cheerfully in favor of polygamy, astrology or cannibalism.

1 comment:

BobG said...

One of my favorite writers.

"It is inaccurate to say that I hate everything. I am strongly in favor of common sense, common honesty, and common decency. This makes me forever ineligible for public office."
- H. L. Mencken