I found that quotation in H.L. Mencken's A New Dictionary of Quotations on Historical Principles From Ancient and Modern Sources (1942). Ain't it a beaut? Let's pass the hat and send the genocidal tyrant a copy on his next birthday (March 11). If you've got a better birthday present in mind, send your idea to firstname.lastname@example.org. (E-mail may be quoted by name in "The Fray,"Slate's readers' forum, in a future article, or elsewhere unless the writer stipulates otherwise. Permanent disclosure: Slate is owned by the Washington Post Co.)
Track my errors: This hand-built RSS feed will ring every time Slate runs a "Press Box" correction. For e-mail notification of errors in this specific column, type the word abolish in the subject head of an e-mail message and send it to email@example.com.