The Real Quote: “Explanations exist; they have existed for all time; there is always a well-known solution to every human problem—neat, plausible, and wrong.” H. L. Mencken


Mencken’s original words are from Prejudices: Second Series by H. L. Mencken, Chapter 4: The Divine Afflatus, Borzoi: Alfred A. Knopf, New York: 1920. (View at Google Books).

This quotation is often paraphrased to something along the lines of “Every complex problem has a solution which is simple, direct, plausible—and wrong” and is sometimes attributed to Mark Twain.

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