There are, to be sure, more erudite ways to learn about something H.L. Mencken said. And I suppose I could introduce the following out of context to make it seem like I just have stuff like this in my head. But the truth is I just came across this while reading The Wave, Susan Casey’s fascinating book about huge waves (like, as in 100 foot, tanker-snapping waves) told from the perspective of research scientists, ships’ captains, and big wave surfers. Anyway, having been properly up front about the context, my quote of the year:
Penetrating so many secrets, we cease to believe in the unknowable. But there it sits nevertheless, calmly licking its chops.
Happy holidays, everyone.