Quotation by H.L. Mencken

What are the characters that I discern most clearly in the so-called Anglo-Saxon type of man? I may answer at once that two stick out above all others. One is his curious and apparently incurable incompetence—his congenital inability to do any difficult thing easily and well, whether it be isolating a bacillus or writing a sonata. The other is his astounding susceptibility to fears and alarms—in short, his hereditary cowardice.... There is no record in history of any Anglo-Saxon nation entering upon any great war without allies.
H.L. (Henry Lewis) Mencken (1880–1956), U.S. journalist. repr. In Prejudices, Fourth Series (1924). "The Anglo-Saxon," Baltimore Evening Sun (July 16, 1923).
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