Quotation by H.L. Mencken

Science is unflinchingly deterministic, and it has begun to force its determinism into morals. On some shining tomorrow a psychoanalyst may be put into the box to prove that perjury is simply a compulsion neurosis, like beating time with the foot at a concert or counting the lampposts along the highway.
H.L. (Henry Lewis) Mencken (1880–1956), U.S. journalist, critic. Originally published in the New York Evening Mail (1918). The Vintage Mencken, ch. 11, p. 71, ed. Alistair Cooke, Vintage (1956).
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