Henry Louis Mencken
(1880-1956) American Editor, Author, Critic, Humorist
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Don't overestimate the decency of the human race.
Every normal man must be tempted at times to spit upon his hands, hoist the black flag and begin slitting throats.
For it is mutual trust, even more than mutual interest that holds human associations together. Our friends seldom profit us but they make us feel safe. Marriage is a scheme to accomplish exactly that same end.
I believe that religion, generally speaking, has been a curse to mankind - that its modest and greatly overestimated services on the ethical side have been more than overcome by the damage it has done to clear and honest thinking.
It is hard to believe that a man is telling the truth when you know that you would lie if you were in his place.