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"The most dangerous man to any government is the man who is able to think things out... without regard to the prevailing superstitions and taboos. Almost inevitably he comes to the conclusion that the government he lives under is dishonest, insane, intolerable."
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"The most dangerous man to any government is the man who is able to think things out... without regard to the prevailing superstitions and taboos. Almost inevitably he comes to the conclusion that the government he lives under is dishonest, insane, intolerable."
Weird quote... Doesn't make much more sense to me now than it did when I heard Mencken say it. There are just too many possible interpretations, and most do not compute...

OK, go ahead and gargle...

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Old news , I knew they was no good when one kissed me as a baby !
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Weird quote... Doesn't make much more sense to me now than it did when I heard Mencken say it. There are just too many possible interpretations, and most do not compute...

OK, go ahead and gargle...
When/where did you hear him speak?

The fact that it makes some more sense to you now perhaps proves we are never too old to learn. But, don't let that bother you, the mere stimulation to think is worthy alone. However, it is no doubt intrinsically more appealing to my cynicism and latent anarchistic tendencies.
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When/where did you hear him speak?

The fact that it makes some more sense to you now perhaps proves we are never too old to learn. But, don't let that bother you, the mere stimulation to think is worthy alone. However, it is no doubt intrinsically more appealing to my cynicism and latent anarchistic tendencies.
That was a joke, since I believe he died when I was about 10 y/o!

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^^^^^^

Well he died in 1956, so I guess you were in your mid -teens.
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Well he died in 1956, so I guess you were in your mid -teens.
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Old news , I knew they was no good when one kissed me as a baby !
I hope you gave him the tongue.

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Weird quote... Doesn't make much more sense to me now than it did when I heard Mencken say it. There are just too many possible interpretations, and most do not compute...

OK, go ahead and gargle...
Mencken was a unique wit. And he spoke the truth as he saw it. The perfect candidate for a good old-fashioned book-burning -- carry on!

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Mencken was a unique wit. And he spoke the truth as he saw it. The perfect candidate for a good old-fashioned book-burning -- carry on!
Unique wit maybe. Nit wit fer sher...

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