"To sum up: 1. The cosmos is a gigantic fly-wheel making 10,000 revolutions a minute. 2. Man is a sick fly taking a dizzy ride on it. 3. Religion is the theory that the wheel was designed and set spinning to give him the ride."

  • "Coda" from Smart Set (December 1920)

H.L. Mencken

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Comment by Ed on May 20, 2014 at 8:55pm
  • Shave a gorilla and it would be almost impossible, at twenty paces, to distinguish him from a heavyweight champion of the world. Skin a chimpanzee, and it would take an autopsy to prove he was not a theologian.
    • Baltimore Evening Sun (4 April 1927)
Comment by James Cox on May 20, 2014 at 9:23pm

I thought I had a come back, dang....;p)

Comment by Andy Hoke on May 22, 2014 at 3:43am

With further reading, it turns out Mencken said some pretty racist stuff, which is too bad for the rest of us. It really gives me pause to read more of his material...

Comment by Andy Hoke on May 22, 2014 at 4:27am

Morality is doing what is right, no matter what you are told. Religion is doing what you are told, no matter what is right.

Comment by Andy Hoke on May 22, 2014 at 4:34am

We must respect the other fellow's religion, but only in the sense and to the extent that we respect his theory that his wife is beautiful and his children smart.


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