Here is tragedy—and here is America. For the curse of the country, as well of all democracies, is precisely the fact that it treats its best men as enemies. The aim of our society, if it may be said to have an aim, is to iron them out. The ideal American, in the public sense, is a respectable vacuum.
H. L. Mencken, (12 September 1880 – 29 January 1956), “More Tips for Novelists” in the Chicago Tribune (2 May 1926)
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