H. L. Mencken Quotes

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H. L. Mencken Quote: “For every complex problem there is an answer that is clear, simple, and wrong.”


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: “Democracy is a pathetic belief in the collective wisdom of individual ignorance.”

H. L. Mencken Quote: “The best client is a scared millionaire.”

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: “For the habitual truth-teller and truth-seeker, indeed, the whole world has very little liking. He is always unpopular.”

H. L. Mencken Quote: “Adultery is the application of democracy to love.”

H. L. Mencken Quote: “Honor is simply the morality of superior men.”

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: “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: “Puritanism. The haunting fear that someone, somewhere, may be happy.”

H. L. Mencken Quote: “Misogynist: A man who hates women as much as women hate one another.”

H. L. Mencken Quote: “There is always an easy solution to every problem – neat, plausible, and wrong.”

H. L. Mencken Quote: “A cynic is a man who, when he smells flowers, looks around for a coffin.”

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: “The only really happy folk are married women and single men.”

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: “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: “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: “Every complex problem has a simple solution that doesn’t work.”

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