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Before a man speaks, it is always safe to assume that he is a fool. After he speaks it is seldom necessary to assume.

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A bit about H. L. Mencken ...

Henry Louis Mencken (September 12, 1880 - January 29, 1956), better known as H. L. Mencken, was a twentieth-century journalist, satirist, social critic, cynic, and freethinker, known as the "Sage of Baltimore" and the "American Nietzsche". He is often regarded as one of the most influential American writers of the early 20th century.

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