H L Mencken Quotes (161 quotations)

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101. Never let your inferiors do you a favor - it will be extremely costly. - H L Mencken

102. New York: A third-rate Babylon. - H L Mencken

103. No married man is genuinely happy if he has to drink worse whisky than he used to drink when he was single. - H L Mencken

104. No matter how happily a woman may be married, it always pleases her to discover that there is a nice man who wishes that she were not. - H L Mencken

105. No normal man ever fell in love after thirty when the kidneys begin to disintegrate. - H L Mencken

106. No one ever went broke underestimating the taste of the American public. - H L Mencken

107. No one in this world has ever lost money by underestimating the intelligence of the great masses of the plain people. Nor has anyone ever lost public office thereby. - H L Mencken

108. Nobody ever went broke underestimating the taste of the American public. - H L Mencken

109. Opera in English is, in the main, just about as sensible as baseball in Italian. - H L Mencken

110. Philosophy consists very largely of one philosopher arguing that all others are jackasses. He usually proves it, and I should add that he also usually proves that he is one himself. - H L Mencken

111. Platitude: an idea (a) that is admitted to be true by everyone, and (b) that is not true. - H L Mencken

112. Puritanism is the haunting fear that someone, somewhere, may be happy. - H L Mencken

113. Puritanism: The haunting fear that someone, somewhere, may be happy. - H L Mencken

114. Say what you will about the Ten Commandments, you must always come back to the pleasant fact that there are only ten of them. - H L Mencken

115. Self-respect: the secure feeling that no one, as yet, is suspicious. - H L Mencken

116. Strike an average between what a woman thinks of her husband a month before she marries him and what she thinks of him a year afterward, and you will have the truth about him. - H L Mencken

117. Suicide is belated acquiescence in the opinion of one's wife's relatives. - H L Mencken

118. Sunday: A day given over by Americans to wishing they were dead and in heaven, and that their neighbors were dead and in hell. - H L Mencken

119. Thanksgiving Day is a day devoted by persons with inflammatory rheumatism to thanking a loving Father that it is not hydrophobia. - H L Mencken

120. The basic fact about human existence is not that it is a tragedy, but that it is a bore. - H L Mencken

121. The best years are the forties; after fifty a man begins to deteriorate, but in the forties he is at the maximum of his villainy. - H L Mencken

122. The capacity of human beings to bore one another seems to be vastly greater than that of any other animal. - H L Mencken

123. The chief contribution of Protestantism to human thought is its massive proof that God is a bore. - H L Mencken

124. The chief value of money lies in the fact that one lives in a world in which it is overestimated. - H L Mencken

125. The cosmos is a gigantic flywheel making 10,000 revolutions per minute. Man is a sick fly taking a dizzy ride on it. - H L Mencken

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