Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Penitentiary

"What the common man longs for in this world, before and above all his other longings, is the simplest and most ignominious sort of peace: the peace of a trusty in a well-managed penitentiary. He is willing to sacrifice everything else to it. He puts it above his dignity and he puts it above his pride. Above all, he puts it above his liberty. The fact, perhaps, explains his veneration for policemen, in all the forms they takeā€“his belief that there is a mysterious sanctity in law, however absurd it may be in fact."
--H.L. Mencken

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