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H. L. Mencken Quotes

H. L. Mencken Quote: “Every normal man must be tempted, at times, to spit on his hands, hoist the black flag, and begin slitting throats.”
H. L. Mencken Quote: “For every complex problem there is an answer that is clear, simple, and wrong.”
H. L. Mencken Quote: “There comes a time in every man’s life when he’s consumed by the desire to spit on his palms, hoist the black flag and start cutting throats.”
H. L. Mencken Quote: “For the habitual truth-teller and truth-seeker, indeed, the whole world has very little liking. He is always unpopular.”
H. L. Mencken Quote: “Democracy is a pathetic belief in the collective wisdom of individual ignorance.”
H. L. Mencken Quote: “Morality is doing what is right, no matter what you are told. Religion is doing what you are told, no matter what is right.”
H. L. Mencken Quote: “You can’t do anything about the length of your life, but you can do something about its width and depth.”
H. L. Mencken Quote: “Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want, and deserve to get it good and hard.”
H. L. Mencken Quote: “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. Almost inevitably he comes to the conclusion that the government he lives under is dishonest, insane, and intolerable...”
H. L. Mencken Quote: “The best client is a scared millionaire.”
H. L. Mencken Quote: “There is always an easy solution to every problem – neat, plausible, and wrong.”
H. L. Mencken Quote: “When somebody says it’s not about the money, it’s about the money.”
H. L. Mencken Quote: “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 Quote: “The demagogue is one who preaches doctrines he knows to be untrue to men he knows to be idiots.”
H. L. Mencken Quote: “Honor is simply the morality of superior men.”
H. L. Mencken Quote: “Adultery is the application of democracy to love.”
H. L. Mencken Quote: “The aim of public education is not to spread enlightenment at all; it is simply to reduce as many individuals as possible to the same safe level, to breed a standard citizenry, to put down dissent and originality.”
H. L. Mencken Quote: “Puritanism. The haunting fear that someone, somewhere, may be happy.”
H. L. Mencken Quote: “A judge is a law student who marks his own examination papers.”
H. L. Mencken Quote: “A cynic is a man who, when he smells flowers, looks around for a coffin.”
H. L. Mencken Quote: “Misogynist: A man who hates women as much as women hate one another.”
H. L. Mencken Quote: “The most dangerous man to any government is the man who is able to think things out for himself.”
H. L. Mencken Quote: “Morality is doing what is right regardless of what you are told. Obedience is doing what is told regardless of what is right.”
H. L. Mencken Quote: “The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule.”
H. L. Mencken Quote: “Every complex problem has a simple solution that doesn’t work.”
H. L. Mencken Quote: “The men the American people admire most extravagantly are the most daring liars; the men they detest most violently are those who try to tell them the truth.”
H. L. Mencken Quote: “Those who can’t teach – administrate. Those who can’t administrate – go into politics.”
H. L. Mencken Quote: “I believe that it is better to tell the truth than a lie. I believe it is better to be free than to be a slave. And I believe it is better to know than to be ignorant.”
H. L. Mencken Quote: “You come into the world with nothing, and the purpose of your life is to make something out of nothing.”
H. L. Mencken Quote: “Religion is fundamentally opposed to everything I hold in veneration – courage, clear thinking, honesty, fairness, and, above all, love of the truth.”
H. L. Mencken Quote: “Moral certainty is always a sign of cultural inferiority. The more uncivilized the man, the surer he is that he knows precisely what is right and what is wrong.”
H. L. Mencken Quote: “The State doesn’t just want you to obey, it wants to make you WANT to obey.”
H. L. Mencken Quote: “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 Quote: “There are no dull subjects. There are only dull writers.”
H. L. Mencken Quote: “There is no idea so stupid that you can’t find a professor who will believe it.”
H. L. Mencken Quote: “Never argue with a man whose job depends on not being convinced.”
H. L. Mencken Quote: “The longest sentence you can form with two words is: I do.”
H. L. Mencken Quote: “Our whole practical government is grounded in mob psychology and the Boobus Americanus will follow any command that promises to make him safer.”
H. L. Mencken Quote: “Life is a dead-end street.”
H. L. Mencken Quote: “Every decent man is ashamed of the government he lives under.”
H. L. Mencken Quote: “Socialist: A man suffering from an overwhelming conviction to believe what is not true.”
H. L. Mencken Quote: “Alimony – the ransom that the happy pay to the devil.”
H. L. Mencken Quote: “Never underestimate the bad taste of the American public.”
H. L. Mencken Quote: “The average man’s love of liberty is nine-tenths imaginary. It takes a special sort of man to understand and enjoy liberty and he is usually an outlaw in democratic societies.”
H. L. Mencken Quote: “The only really happy folk are married women and single men.”
H. L. Mencken Quote: “The central belief of every moron is that he is the victim of a mysterious conspiracy against his common rights and true deserts.”
H. L. Mencken Quote: “The final test of truth is ridicule. Very few dogmas have ever faced it and survived.”
H. L. Mencken Quote: “I know of no human being who has a better time than an eager and energetic young reporter.”
H. L. Mencken Quote: “The believing mind is externally impervious to evidence. The most that can be accomplished with it is to induce it to substitute one delusion for another. It rejects all overt evidence as wicked...”
H. L. Mencken Quote: “Men become civilized, not in proportion to their willingness to believe, but in their readiness to doubt.”
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