Hi. I'd like to verify a slew of quotations for my random sig file. I've been very surprised at how difficult it's been. After seeing endless amounts of information about truly absurd things out here on the web, it's easy to feel that literally everything in the universe can be found on the internet, but apparently not.
I've tried google, of course, and I've found a fair number of quotation- dedicated search sites, but still I'm getting goose eggs. I hope there is a truly spectacular site I've so far overlooked, or some other way to go about this. Help?
Here's an example:
?The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule.?  J.L. Mencken
JLM was a fairly famous reporter, n'est-ce pas? From the time that Lindbergh's baby was kidnapped. The web has almost nothing on this guy, certainly not a list of his quotes... Perhaps history is not proportionally represented on the web.
Eden
Hi. I'd like to verify a slew of quotations for my random sig file. I've been very surprised at how ... an example: ?The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule.? J.L. Mencken

That was H.L. Mencken.
JLM was a fairly famous reporter, n'est-ce pas? From the time that Lindbergh's baby was kidnapped. The web has almost nothing on this guy, certainly not a list of his quotes... Perhaps history is not proportionally represented on the web. Eden

Try this page. It contains lots of H. L. Mencken quotes and the site contains a kazillion others by others.
Enjoy!
Judy
Oh, and here's a link to a biography.
http://www.kirjasto.sci.fi/mencken.htm
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Hi. I'd like to verify a slew of quotations for my random sig file. I've been very surprised at how ... web, it's easy to feel that literally everything in the universe can be found on the internet, but apparently not.

Using the Internet to verify quotations as accurate is a mug's game. There are way* too many quotation lists where people have just copied wrong versions from each other. (I got bitten by this myself just a few weeks ago.) What is reasonably safe is to use the Internet to find a quotation given *with a source, and then check the original source.

Of course, while you're at the library doing that, you could also try some collected volumes of quotations. There are quite a few available.
"The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule.? J.L. Mencken JLM was a fairly famous reporter, n'est-ce pas?

No, but HLM was. Google finds 4,210 hits on "mencken" and "urge to save humanity", including several lists of H.L. Mencken quotes. And in the first page of 10 hits, two versions of the quote are each repeated several times see what I mean? (My guess is that the one Eden gives here is wrong, just because it seems more like the way the idea would commonly be expressed today, and that the other is right. But I don't know.)

Eden might also be interested in the newsgroup alt.quotations.
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Eden Smallwood filted:
?The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule.?  J.L. Mencken JLM was a fairly famous reporter, n'est-ce pas? From the time that Lindbergh's baby was kidnapped. The web has almost nothing on this guy, certainly not a list of his quotes... Perhaps history is not proportionally represented on the web.

Try it as "H.L." instead; it's possible your original source just made a typo...the man was "Henry Louis Mencken", and among other things he wrote a multi-volume treatise called "The American Language"....r
"The urge to save humanity is almost always a false ... J.L. Mencken JLM was a fairly famous reporter, n'est-ce pas?

No, but HLM was. Google finds 4,210 hits on "mencken" and "urge to save humanity", including several lists of H.L. ... like the way the idea would commonly be expressed today, and that the other is right. But I don't know.)

This website looks like a pretty reliable source for Mencken quotes: . It lists:

The urge to save humanity is almost always only a
false-face for the urge to rule it.
Minority Report: H.L. Mencken's Notebooks (1956), p.247
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.the man was "Henry Louis Mencken", and among other things he wrote a multi-volume treatise called "The American Language"..r

I always thought that title was a lost marketing opportunity; it should have been Mencken on Mercken.

Ross Howard
.the man was "Henry Louis Mencken", and among other things he wrote a multi-volume treatise called "The American Language"..r

I always thought that title was a lost marketing opportunity; it should have been Mencken on Mercken.

Ross Howard