Quotation by H.L. Mencken

Man is the yokel par excellence, the booby unmatchable, the king dupe of the cosmos. He is chronically and unescapably deceived, not only by the other animals and by the delusive face of nature herself—by his incomparable talent for searching out and embracing what is false, and for overlooking and denying what is true.
H.L. (Henry Lewis) Mencken (1880–1956), U.S. journalist, critic. Originally published in the Smart Set (June 1920). "Meditation on Meditation," repr. In A Mencken Chrestomathy, ch. 1, p. 8, Knopf (1949).
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