“Lawyer — One who protects us against robbers by taking away the temptation.”

“Conscience — The inner voice that warns us somebody may be looking.”

“Creator — A comedian whose audience is afraid to laugh.”

H.L. Mencken, 1949

Bonus:

“Marriage is a wonderful institution, but who would want to live in an institution.”

Extra Bonus:

Mencken’s (very widely attributed, as yet unsourced) pat response to all angry letters:

Dear Sir (or Madame),

You may be right.

Sincerely yours, HL Mencken

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