Quotation by H.L. Mencken

There is only one honest impulse at the bottom of Puritanism, and that is the impulse to punish the man with a superior capacity for happiness—to bring him down to the miserable level of "good" men i.e., of stupid, cowardly and chronically unhappy men.
H.L. (Henry Lewis) Mencken (1880–1956), U.S. journalist, critic. Originally published in the Smart Set (April 1920). The Vintage Mencken, ch. 14, p. 76, ed. Alistair Cooke, Vintage (1956).
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