Quotation by H.L. Mencken

The allurement that women hold out to men is precisely the allurement that Cape Hatteras holds out to sailors: they are enormously dangerous and hence enormously fascinating. To the average man, doomed to some banal drudgery all his life long, they offer the only grand hazard that he ever encounters. Take them away, and his existence would be as flat and secure as that of a moo-cow.
H.L. (Henry Lewis) Mencken (1880–1956), U.S. journalist, critic. Originally published in the Smart Set (May 1919). The Vintage Mencken, ch. 13, p. 74, ed. Alistair Cooke, Vintage (1956).
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