H. l. mencken Quotes

"An idealist is one who, on noticing that a r...

"An idealist is one who, on noticing that a rose smells better than a cabbage, concludes that it will also make better soup." β€” H. L. Mencken
πŸ“…οΈŽ Feb 16
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A judge is a law studen...

A judge is a law student who marks his own examination papers. H. L. Mencken
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Democracy is the theory that the commo...

Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want, and deserve to get it good and hard. – H. L. Mencken
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"The capacity of human beings to bore o...

"The capacity of human beings to bore one another seems to be vastly greater than that of any other animal." β€” H. L. Mencken
πŸ“…οΈŽ Jan 27
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"Faith may be defined briefly as ...

"Faith may be defined briefly as an illogical belief in the occurrence of the improbable." β€” H. L. Mencken
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"Love is like war; eas...

"Love is like war; easy to begin but very hard to stop." -- H. L. Mencken
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"Puritanism: The haunting f...

"Puritanism: The haunting fear that someone, somewhere, may be happy." – H. L. Mencken.
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"Government is actually the worst failure of civilized man. There h...

"Government is actually the worst failure of civilized man. There has never been a really good one, and even those that are most tolerable are arbitrary, cruel, grasping, and unintelligent." -- H. L. Mencken
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"I never lecture, not because I am shy or a bad speake...

"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." β€” H. L. Mencken
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"Criticism is pr...

"Criticism is prejudice made plausible." β€” H. L. Mencken
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β€œThe whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace...

β€œThe whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by an endless series of hobgoblins, most of them imaginary.” – H. L. Mencken
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"It is impossible to imagine the universe run by a wise, just and omnipotent God, but ...

"It is impossible to imagine the universe run by a wise, just and omnipotent God, but it is quite easy to imagine it run by a board of gods. If such a board actually exists it operates precisely like the board of a corporation that is losing money." -- H. L. Mencken
πŸ“…οΈŽ Dec 14
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β€œThe urge to save humanity is ...

β€œThe urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule.” – H. L. Mencken
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"Puritanism: The haunting ...

"Puritanism: The haunting fear that someone, somewhere, may be happy." β€” H. L. Mencken
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β€œI believe there is a limit beyond which free speech cannot go, but it's a limit that's very seldo...

β€œI believe there is a limit beyond which free speech cannot go, but it's a limit that's very seldom mentioned. .. I've got a right to say and believe anything I please, but I haven't got a right to press it on anybody else. ... Nobody's got a right to be a nuisance to his neighbors.” ~ H. L. Mencken
πŸ“…οΈŽ Apr 17
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"There is always an easy solutio...

"There is always an easy solution to every human problem – neat, plausible, and wrong." β€” H. L. Mencken
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"Democracy is the theory that the comm...

"Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want and deserve to get it good and hard." β€” H. L. Mencken
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β€œYou can't do anything about the lengt...

β€œYou can't do anything about the length of your life, but you can do something about its width and depth.” ― H. L. Mencken
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"Men become civilized, not in proportion to...

"Men become civilized, not in proportion to their willingness to believe, but in proportion to their readiness to doubt." (H. L. Mencken)
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"It is even harder for the ave...

"It is even harder for the average ape to believe that he has descended from man." β€” H. L. Mencken
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"All men are frauds. The only diffe...

"All men are frauds. The only difference between them is that some admit it. I myself deny it." β€” H. L. Mencken
πŸ“…οΈŽ Apr 01
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"A poet more than thirty ...

"A poet more than thirty years old is simply an overgrown child." β€” H. L. Mencken
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"Nobody ever went broke undere...

"Nobody ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of the American public." β€” H. L. Mencken
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"For centuries, theologians have bee...

"For centuries, theologians have been explaining the unknowable in terms of the-not-worth-knowing." β€” H. L. Mencken
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"The trouble with fighting for human freedom is that one spends most of one's time defending sc...

"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 US editor (1880 - 1956)
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"Democracy is the art and sci...

"Democracy is the art and science of running the circus from the monkey cage." - H. L. Mencken.
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"The penalty for laughing in a courtroom is six m...

"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." β€” H. L. Mencken
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"We are here and it is now. Fu...

"We are here and it is now. Further than that all human knowledge is moonshine." β€” H. L. Mencken
πŸ“…οΈŽ Feb 10
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A man always blames the woman who fool...

A man always blames the woman who fools him. In the same way he blames the door he walks into in the dark. - H. L. Mencken
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"To die for an idea; it is unquestionably n...

"To die for an idea; it is unquestionably noble. But how much nobler it would be if men died for ideas that were true!" β€” H. L. Mencken
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"As democracy is perfected, the office of president represents, more and more closely, the inn...

"As democracy is perfected, the office of president represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart's desire at last and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron." - H. L. Mencken
πŸ“…οΈŽ May 13
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"The capacity of human beings to bore o...

"The capacity of human beings to bore one another seems to be vastly greater than that of any other animal." β€” H. L. Mencken
πŸ“…οΈŽ Aug 11
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"Every normal man must be tempted, at tim...

"Every normal man must be tempted, at times, to spit on his hands, hoist the black flag, and begin slitting throats." H. L. Mencken
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"I believe that all government is ev...

"I believe that all government is evil, and that trying to improve it is largely a waste of time." β€” H. L. Mencken
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"Most people want sec...

"Most people want security in this world, not liberty." - H. L. Mencken
πŸ“…οΈŽ Jul 02
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Democracy is the art and sci...

Democracy is the art and science of running the circus from the monkey cage. - H. L. Mencken
πŸ“…οΈŽ Mar 27
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"It is even harder for the ave...

"It is even harder for the average ape to believe that he has descended from man." β€” H. L. Mencken
πŸ“…οΈŽ Dec 09
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"Democracy is the theory that the comm...

"Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want and deserve to get it good and hard." β€” H. L. Mencken
πŸ“…οΈŽ Oct 22
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The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alar...

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
πŸ“…οΈŽ Jul 24
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"Puritanism: The haunting ...

"Puritanism: The haunting fear that someone, somewhere, may be happy." β€” H. L. Mencken
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"After all, all he did was str...

"After all, all he did was string together a lot of old, well-known quotations." β€” H. L. Mencken
πŸ“…οΈŽ Jan 22
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The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarm...

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, most of them imaginary. -H. L. Mencken
πŸ“…οΈŽ Oct 05
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"On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the l...

"On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart's desire at last, and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron." - H. L. Mencken
πŸ“…οΈŽ Nov 08
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"There is always a well-known sol...

"There is always a well-known solution to every human problem β€” neat, plausible, and wrong". H. L. Mencken
πŸ“…οΈŽ May 12
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"Nobody ever went broke under...

"Nobody ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of the American public.” H. L. Mencken
πŸ“…οΈŽ Mar 06
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The only really happy f...

The only really happy folk are married women and single men. - H. L. Mencken
πŸ“…οΈŽ Mar 27
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"The urge to save humanity is ...

"The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule." --H. L. Mencken
πŸ“…οΈŽ Nov 15
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"Nobody ever went broke undere...

"Nobody ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of the American public." -H. L. Mencken
πŸ“…οΈŽ Nov 18
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"Every decent man is ash...

"Every decent man is ashamed of the government he lives under,” - H. L. Mencken
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" The most dangerous man to any government is the man wh...

" The most dangerous man to any government is the man who is able to think things out for himself, without regard to the prevailing superstitions and taboos." --H. L. Mencken
πŸ“…οΈŽ Dec 17
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"The cure for the evi...

"The cure for the evils of democracy is more democracy." H. L. Mencken
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All government, in its essence, is a conspiracy...

All government, in its essence, is a conspiracy against the superior man: its one permanent object is to oppress him and cripple him. - H. L. Mencken
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