Quotation by H.L. Mencken

The men the American people admire most extravagantly are the most daring liars; the men they detest most violently are those who try to tell them the truth. A Galileo could no more be elected President of the United States than he could be elected Pope of Rome. Both posts are reserved for men favored by God with an extraordinary genius for swathing the bitter facts of life in bandages of soft illusion.
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. 73, ed. Alistair Cooke, Vintage (1956).
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