->''To sum up:''
--> ''1. The cosmos is a gigantic fly-wheel making 10,000 revolutions a minute.''
--> ''2. Man is a sick fly taking a dizzy ride.''
--> ''3. Religion is the theory that the wheel was designed and set spinning to give him a ride.''
Born on September 12, 1880, Henry Louis Mencken was an American writer, journalist, linguist, satirist and philosopher, hailed as the "Sage of Baltimore" and an "American [[Creator/FriedrichNietzsche Nietzsche]]." An acerbic critic of government, religion and popular culture, Mencken gained fame for his [[DeadpanSnarker bitingly sardonic prose and caustic wit]], becoming one of the most influential writers and stylists of the early 20th century, as well as one of its leading [[SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism cynics and skeptics]].
His writings include:
* ''The Philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche''.
* ''A Book of Prefaces''.
* ''In Defense of Women'', a controversial book which, according to one biographer, earned Mencken a place as "either a great defender of women's rights or the country's high-priest of woman-haters."
* ''The American Language''.
* ''Treatise on the Gods''.
* ''Treatise on Right and Wrong''.
* ''Notes On Democracy''.