conflicting desires

I have been torn all my writing life by two conflicting desires—the journalistic desire to say it at once and have it done, and the more scholarly desire to say it carefully and with some regard to fundamental ideas and permanent values.

H.L. Mencken, unpublished note (1941)

via his biographer

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