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Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.

NUMBER: 1230
AUTHOR: Henry Louis Mencken (1880–1956)
QUOTATION: The value the world sets upon motives is often grossly unjust and inaccurate.
ATTRIBUTION: H. L. MENCKEN, A Mencken Chrestomathy, p. 12 (1949). This is the opening sentence of his essay, “The Scientist,” first published in The Smart Set, August 1919.