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H.L. Mencken on Moral Certainty

Henry Louis Mencken was born on September 12, 1880, and one of our various page a day calendars commemorated the fact with this quotation:

"Moral certainty is always a sign of cultural inferiority. The more uncivilized the man, the surer he is that he knows precisely what is right and what is wrong. All human progress, even in morals, has been the work of men who have doubted the current moral values, not of men who have whooped them up and tried to enforce them. The truly civilized man is always skeptical and tolerant, in this field as in all others." --from "Minority Report", 1956


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