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

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: “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: “The best client is a scared millionaire.”


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

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: “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 most dangerous man to any government is the man who is able to think things out for himself.”

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 is always an easy solution to every problem – neat, plausible, and wrong.”

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: “You come into the world with nothing, and the purpose of your life is to make something out of nothing.”

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: “A man of active and resilient mind outwears his friendships just as certainly as he outwears his love affairs, his politics and his epistemology.”

H. L. Mencken Quote: “Alimony – the ransom that the happy pay to the devil.”

H. L. Mencken Quote: “Puritanism. The haunting fear that someone, somewhere, may be happy.”

H. L. Mencken Quote: “Never argue with a man whose job depends on not being convinced.”

H. L. Mencken Quote: “The pedant and the priest have always been the most expert of logicians – and the most diligent disseminators of nonsense and worse.”

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