Tuesday, April 13, 2010

An Imaginary Love

The fact is that the average man's love of liberty is nine-tenths imaginary, exactly like his love of sense, justice and truth. He is not actually happy when free; he is uncomfortable, a bit alarmed, and intolerably lonely. Liberty is not a thing for the great masses of men. It is the exclusive possession of a small and disreputable minority, like knowledge, courage and honor. It takes a special sort of man to understand and enjoy liberty — and he is usually an outlaw in democratic societies.
H. L. Mencken, Baltimore Evening Sun (12 February 1923)



  1. Hi Mayberry,
    Yep. I have no idea what his problem was. As for me, I'm proud to be an American, where at least I know I'm free.



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