H L Mencken Quotes (161 quotations)

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51. For centuries, theologians have been explaining the unknowable in terms of the-not-worth-knowing. - H L Mencken

52. For it is mutual trust, even more than mutual interest that holds human associations together. Our friends seldom profit us but they make us feel safe... Marriage is a scheme to accomplish exactly that same end. - H L Mencken

53. Giving every man a vote has no more made men wise and free than Christianity has made them good. - H L Mencken

54. God is the immemorial refuge of the incompetent, thehelpless, the miserable. They find not only sanctuary in His arms, but also a kind of superiority, soothing to their macerated egos; He will set them above their betters. - H L Mencken

55. Happiness is the china shop; love is the bull. - H L Mencken

56. He marries best who puts it off until it is too late. - H L Mencken

57. Henry James would have been vastly improved as a novelist by a few whiffs of the Chicago stockyard. - H L Mencken

58. Historian: an unsuccessful novelist. - H L Mencken

59. Husbands never become good; they merely become proficient. - H L Mencken

60. I believe that all government is evil, and that trying to improve it is largely a waste of time. - H L Mencken

61. I believe that it should be perfectly lawful to print even things that outrage the pruderies and prejudices of the general, so long as any honest minority, however small, wants to read them. The remedy of the majority is not prohibition, but avoidance. - H L Mencken

62. I detest converts almost as much as I do missionaries. - H L Mencken

63. I hate all sports as rabidly as a person who likes sports hates common sense. - H L Mencken

64. I never lecture, not because I am shy or a bad speaker, but simply because I detest the sort of people who go to lectures and don't want to meet them. - H L Mencken

65. I never smoked a cigarette until I was nine. - H L Mencken

66. If a politician found he had cannibals among his constituents, he would promise them missionaries for dinner. - H L Mencken

67. If I ever marry, it will be on a sudden impulse - as a man shoots himself. - H L Mencken

68. If I had my way, any man guilty of golf would be ineligible for any office of trust in the United States. - H L Mencken

69. If, after I depart this vale, you ever remember me and have thought to please my ghost, forgive some sinner and wink your eye at some homely girl. - H L Mencken

70. Imagine the Creator as a low comedian, and at once the world becomes explicable. - H L Mencken

71. Imagine the Creator as a stand up commedian - and at once the world becomes explicable. - H L Mencken

72. Immorality: the morality of those who are having a better time. - H L Mencken

73. Immortality is the condition of a dead man who doesn't believe he is dead. - H L Mencken

74. In the United States, doing good has come to be, like patriotism, a favorite device of persons with something to sell. - H L Mencken

75. In the United States...politics is purged of all menace, all sinister quality, all genuine significance, and stuffed with such gorgeous humors, such inordinate farce that one comes to the end of a campaign with one's ribs loose, and ready for King Lear, or a hanging, or a course of medical journals. - H L Mencken

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