H L Mencken Quotes (161 quotations)

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1. ...no man of genuinely superior intelligence has ever been an actor. Even supposing a young man of appreciable mental powers to be lured upon the stage, as philosophers are occasionally lured into bordellos, his mind would be inevitably and almost immediately destroyed by the gaudy nonsense issuing from his mouth every night. - H L Mencken

2. A celebrity is one who is known to many persons he is glad he doesn't know. - H L Mencken

3. A cynic is a man who, when he smells flowers, looks around for a coffin. - H L Mencken

4. A good politician is quite as unthinkable as an honest burglar. - H L Mencken

5. A home is not a mere transient shelter: its essence lies in the personalities of the people who live in it. - H L Mencken

6. A judge is a law student who marks his own examination papers. - H L Mencken

7. A man always remembers his first love with special tenderness, but after that he begins to bunch them. - H L Mencken

8. A man may be a fool and not know it, but not if he is married. - H L Mencken

9. A national political campaign is better than the best circus ever heard of, with a mass baptism and a couple of hangings thrown in. - H L Mencken

10. A newspaper is a device for making the ignorant more ignorant and the crazy crazier. - H L Mencken

11. A poet more than thirty years old is simply an overgrown child. - H L Mencken

12. A politician is an animal which can sit on a fence and yet keep both ears to the ground. - H L Mencken

13. A professor must have a theory as a dog must have fleas. - H L Mencken

14. A society made up of individuals who were all capable of original thought would probably be unendurable. - H L Mencken

15. A Sunday school is a prison in which children do penance for the evil conscience of their parents. - H L Mencken

16. Adultery is the application of democracy to love. - H L Mencken

17. After all, all he did was string together a lot of old, well-known quotations. - H L Mencken

18. Alimony: the ransom the happy pay to the devil. - H L Mencken

19. All [zoos] actually offer to the public in return for the taxes spent upon them is a form of idle and witless amusement, compared to which a visit to a penitentiary, or even to a State legislature in session, is informing, stimulating and ennobling. - H L Mencken

20. All government, of course, is against liberty. - H L Mencken

21. All men are frauds. The only difference between them is that some admit it. I myself deny it. - H L Mencken

22. All successful newspapers are ceaselessly querulous and bellicose. They never defend anyone or anything if they can help it; if the job is forced on them, they tackle it by denouncing someone or something else. - H L Mencken

23. An idealist is one who, on noticing that a rose smells better than a cabbage, concludes that it will also make better soup. - H L Mencken

24. And what is a good citizen? Simply one who never says, does or thinks anything that is unusual. Schools are maintained in order to bring this uniformity up to the highest possible point. A school is a hopper into which children are heaved while they are still young and tender; therein they are pressed into certain standard shapes and covered from head to heels with official rubber-stamps. - H L Mencken

25. Any man who afflicts the human race with ideas must be prepared to see them misunderstood. - H L Mencken

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