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An idealist is one who, on noticing that a rose smells better than a cabbage, concludes that it is also more nourishing.

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Source Notes: Source: H. L. MENCKEN, A Little Book in C Major, p. 19 .He later altered this to read concludes that it will also make better soup.A Book of Burlesques, p. 205 and A Mencken Chrestomathy, p. 617 .

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Henry Louis Mencken (September 12, 1880 - January 29, 1956), better known as H. L. Mencken, was a twentieth-century journalist, satirist, social critic, cynic, and freethinker, known as the "Sage of Baltimore" and the "American Nietzsche". He is often regarded as one of the most influential American writers of the early 20th century.

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