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Next the statesmen will invent cheap lies, putting the blame upon the nation that is attacked, and every man will be glad of those conscience-soothing falsities, and will diligently study them, and refuse to examine any refutations of them; and thus he will by and by convince himself that the war is just, and will thank God for the better sleep he enjoys after this process of grotesque self-deception.
Mark Twain (more quotes by Mark Twain or books by/about Mark Twain)
[Samuel Langhorne Clemens] (1835-1910) American author and humorist
The Mysterious Stranger, 1916, Ch.9
Deception, Ignorance, Illusion, Religion, War