"To sum up: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 Nietzsche." An acerbic critic of government, religion and popular culture, Mencken gained fame for his 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 cynics and skeptics.His writings include:
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."