H L Mencken Quotes (161 quotations)

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126. The cynics are right nine times out of ten. - H L Mencken

127. The difference between a moral man and a man of honor is that the latter regrets a discreditable act, even when it has worked and he has not been caught. - H L Mencken

128. The first kiss is stolen by the man; the last is begged by the woman. - H L Mencken

129. The first Rotarian was the first man to call John the Baptist, Jack. - H L Mencken

130. The government consists of a gang of men exactly like you and me. They have, taking one with another, no special talent for the business of government; they have only a talent for getting and holding office. - H L Mencken

131. The most common of all follies is to believe passionately in the palpably not true. It is the chief occupation of mankind. - H L Mencken

132. The most dangerous man to any government is the man who is able to think things out... without regard to the prevailing superstitions and taboos. Almost inevitably he comes to the conclusion that the government he lives under is dishonest, insane, intolerable... - H L Mencken

133. The older I grow the more I distrust the familiar doctrine that age brings wisdom. - H L Mencken

134. The one permanent emotion of the inferior man is fear - fear of the unknown, the complex, the inexplicable. What he wants above everything else is safety - H L Mencken

135. The only really happy folk are married women and single men. - H L Mencken

136. The penalty for laughing in a courtroom is six months in jail; if it were not for this penalty, the jury would never hear the evidence. - H L Mencken

137. The sort of man who likes to spend his time watching a cage of monkeys chase one another, or a lion gnaw its tail, or a lizard catch flies, is precisely the sort of man whose mental weakness should be combatted at the public expense, and not fostered. - H L Mencken

138. The theory seems to be that as long as a man is a failure he is one of God's children, but that as soon as he succeeds he is taken over by the Devil. - H L Mencken

139. The trouble with fighting for human freedom is that one spends most of one's time defending scoundrels. For it is against scoundrels that oppressive laws are first aimed, and oppression must be stopped at the beginning if it is to be stopped at all. - H L Mencken

140. The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary. - H L Mencken

141. The world always makes the assumption that the exposure of an error is identical with the discovery of truth - that the error and truth are simply opposite. They are nothing of the sort. What the world turns to, when it is cured on one error, is usually simply another error, and maybe one worse than the first one. - H L Mencken

142. The worshiper is the father of the gods. - H L Mencken

143. Theology is the effort to explain the unknowable in terms of the not worth knowing. - H L Mencken

144. There are some people who read too much: The bibliobibuli. - H L Mencken

145. There comes a time when a man must spit on his hands, hoist the black flag and begin slitting throats. - H L Mencken

146. There is always a well-known solution to every human problem - neat, plausible, and wrong. - H L Mencken

147. There is always an easy solution to every human problem - neat, plausible, and wrong. - H L Mencken

148. There's no underestimating the intelligence of the American public. - H L Mencken

149. To be in love is merely to be in a state of perceptual anesthesia. - H L Mencken

150. To die for an idea; it is unquestionably noble. But how much nobler it would be if men died for ideas that were true! - H L Mencken

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