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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: “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: “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: “Adultery is the application of democracy to love.”

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: “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: “Honor is simply the morality of superior men.”

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

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

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: “A judge is a law student who marks his own examination papers.”

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: “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.”

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