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H. L. Mencken Quote: “Balloonists have an unsurpassed view of the scenery, but there is always the possibility that it may collide with them.”
H. L. Mencken Quote: “I believe that any man who takes the liberty of another into his keeping is bound to become a tyrant, and that any man who yields up his liberty, in however slight the measure, is bound to become a slave.”
H. L. Mencken Quote: “The learned are seldom pretty fellows, and in many cases their appearance tends to discourage a love of study in the young.”
H. L. Mencken Quote: “Let no one mistake it for comedy, farcical though it may be in all its details. It serves notice on the country that Neanderthal man is organizing in these forlorn backwaters of the land, led by a fanatic, rid of sense and devoid of conscience.”
H. L. Mencken Quote: “The Catholic clergy seldom bother to make their arguments plausible; it is plain that they have little respect for human intelligence, and indeed little belief in its existence.”
H. L. Mencken Quote: “Morality is nothing but a struggle for safety.”
H. L. Mencken Quote: “Congress consists of one-third, more or less, scoundrels; two-thirds, more or less, idiots; and three-thirds, more or less, poltroons.”
H. L. Mencken Quote: “The scent of frying astronomers long ago ceased to ascend to Yahweh.”
H. L. Mencken Quote: “Whatever the label on the parties, or the war cries issuing from the demagogues who lead them, the practical choice is between the plutocracy on the one side and a rabble of preposterous impossibilists on the other.”
H. L. Mencken Quote: “Conscience is the accumulated sediment of ancestral faint- heartedness.”
H. L. Mencken Quote: “Any man who, having a child or children he can’t support, proceeds to have another should be sterilized at once.”
H. L. Mencken Quote: “Men are the only animals that devote themselves, day in and day out, to making one another unhappy. It is an art like any other. Its virtuosi are called altruists.”
H. L. Mencken Quote: “Fame: an embalmer trembling with stage fright.”
H. L. Mencken Quote: “Writing books is certainly a most unpleasant occupation. It is lonesome, unsanitary, and maddening. Many authors go crazy.”
H. L. Mencken Quote: “A man who is an agnostic by inheritance, so that he doesn’t remember any time that he wasn’t, has almost no hatred for the religious.”
H. L. Mencken Quote: “So few men are really worth knowing, that it seems a shameful waste to let an anthropoid prejudice stand in the way of free association with one who is.”
H. L. Mencken Quote: “It takes no more actual sagacity to carry on the everyday hawking and haggling of the world, or to ladle out its normal doses of bad medicine and worse law, than it takes to operate a taxicab or fry a pan of fish.”
H. L. Mencken Quote: “We suffer most when the White House busts with ideas.”
H. L. Mencken Quote: “A man is called a good fellow for doing things which, if done by a woman, would land her in a lunatic asylum.”
H. L. Mencken Quote: “Unquestionably, there is progress. The average American now pays out twice as much in taxes as he formerly got in wages.”
H. L. Mencken Quote: “During many a single week, I daresay, more money is spent in New York upon useless and evil things than would suffice to run the kingdom of Denmark for a year.”
H. L. Mencken Quote: “Socialism: nothing more than the theory that the slave is always more virtuous than his master.”
H. L. Mencken Quote: “I never smoked a cigarette until I was nine.”
H. L. Mencken Quote: “The effort to reconcile science and religion is almost always made, not by theologians, but by scientists unable to shake off altogether the piety absorbed with their mother’s milk.”
H. L. Mencken Quote: “Each party steals so many articles of faith from the other, and the candidates spend so much time making each other’s speeches, that by the time election day is past there is nothing much to do save turn the sitting rascals out and let a new gang in.”
H. L. Mencken Quote: “The intelligent, like the unintelligent, are responsive to propaganda.”
H. L. Mencken Quote: “No man of honor ever quite lives up to his code, any more than a moral man manages to avoid sin.”
H. L. Mencken Quote: “If I had my way, any man guilty of golf would be ineligible for any office of trust in the United States.”
H. L. Mencken Quote: “Love begins like a triolet and ends like a college yell.”
H. L. Mencken Quote: “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.”
H. L. Mencken Quote: “Sunday: A day given over by Americans to wishing that they themselves were dead and in Heaven, and that their neighbors were dead and in Hell.”
H. L. Mencken Quote: “No normal man ever fell in love after thirty when the kidneys begin to disintegrate.”
H. L. Mencken Quote: “Goverment is actually the worst failure of civilized man. There has never been a really good one, and even those that are the most tolerable are arbitary, cruel, grasping, and unintelligent.”
H. L. Mencken Quote: “Why do men delight in work? Fundamentally, I suppose, because there is a sense of relief and pleasure in getting something done – a kind of satisfaction not unlike that which a hen enjoys on laying an egg.”
H. L. Mencken Quote: “When I hear artists or authors making fun of businessmen, I think of a regiment in which the band makes fun of the cooks.”
H. L. Mencken Quote: “The objection of the scandalmonger is not that she tells of racy doings, but that she pretends to be indignant about them.”
H. L. Mencken Quote: “The capacity of human beings to bore one another seems to be vastly greater than that of any other animal.”
H. L. Mencken Quote: “When a husband’s story is believed, he begins to suspect his wife.”
H. L. Mencken Quote: “All I ask is equal freedom. When it is denied, as it always is, I take it anyhow.”
H. L. Mencken Quote: “The kind of man who demands that government enforce his ideas is always the kind whose ideas are idiotic.”
H. L. Mencken Quote: “A poet over 30 is pathetic.”
H. L. Mencken Quote: “A sense of humor always withers in the presence of the messianic delusion, like justice and truth in front of patriotic passion.”
H. L. Mencken Quote: “One may no more live in the world without picking up the moral prejudices of the world than one will be able to go to hell without perspiring.”
H. L. Mencken Quote: “If there were only three women left in the world, two of them would immediately convene a court-martial to try the other one.”
H. L. Mencken Quote: “Next to the semi-colon, quotation marks seem to be the chief butts of reformatory ardor.”
H. L. Mencken Quote: “It is impossible to think of a man of any actual force and originality, universally recognized as having those qualities, who spent his whole life appraising and describing the work of other men.”
H. L. Mencken Quote: “Liberty and democracy are eternal enemies, and every one knows it who has ever given any sober reflection to the matter.”
H. L. Mencken Quote: “Of learned men, the clergy show the lowest development of professional ethics. Any pastor is free to cadge customers from the divines of rival sects, and to denounce the divines themselves as theological quacks.”
H. L. Mencken Quote: “Debussy – A pretty girl with one blue eye and one brown one.”
H. L. Mencken Quote: “Progress: The process whereby the human race has got rid of whiskers, the vermiform appendix, and God.”
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