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   Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations.  1989.
 
 
NUMBER:870
AUTHOR:Henry Louis Mencken (1880–1956)
QUOTATION:An idealist is one who, on noticing that a rose smells better than a cabbage, concludes that it is also more nourishing.
ATTRIBUTION:H. L. MENCKEN, A Little Book in C Major, p. 19 (1916).

  He later altered this to read “…concludes that it will also make better soup.”—A Book of Burlesques, p. 205 (1924) and A Mencken Chrestomathy, p. 617 (1949).
SUBJECTS:Idealists
WORKS:H.L. Mencken Collection
 
 
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