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Quotation by H.L. Mencken
The feelings that Beethoven put into his music were the feelings of a god. There was something olympian in his snarls and rages, and there was a touch of hellfire in his mirth.
H.L. (Henry Lewis) Mencken (1880–1956), U.S. journalist, critic. From Prejudices: Fifth Series (1927). Selected Prejudices, p. 48, Knopf (1927).
First printed in part in the Baltimore Evening Sun, April 24, 1922, and in part in American Mercury, April 1926.
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