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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.”
H. L. Mencken Quote: “The older I grow the more I distrust the familiar doctrine that age brings wisdom.”
H. L. Mencken Quote: “On the one side was bigotry, ignorance, hatred, superstition, every sort of blackness that the human mind is capable of. On the other side was sense.”
H. L. Mencken Quote: “The truth, indeed, is something that mankind, for some mysterious reason, instinctively dislikes. Every man who tries to tell it is unpopular, and even when, by the sheer strength of his case, he prevails, he is put down as a scoundrel.”
H. L. Mencken Quote: “Most people want security in this world, not liberty.”
H. L. Mencken Quote: “Courtroom : A place where Jesus Christ and Judas Iscariot would be equals, with the betting odds favoring Judas.”
H. L. Mencken Quote: “Happiness is the china shop; love is the bull.”
H. L. Mencken Quote: “An idealist is one who, on noticing that roses smell better than a cabbage, concludes that it will also make better soup.”
H. L. Mencken Quote: “Haste is of the devil. Slowness is of God.”
H. L. Mencken Quote: “Change is not progress.”
H. L. Mencken Quote: “Conscience is the inner voice that warns us that someone might be looking.”
H. L. Mencken Quote: “The plain fact is that education is itself a form of propaganda – a deliberate scheme to outfit the pupil, not with the capacity to weigh ideas, but with a simple appetite for gulping ideas ready-made. The aim is to make ‘good’ citizens, which is to say, docile and uninquisitive citizens.”
H. L. Mencken Quote: “Skin diseases are something doctors like, the patient neither dies nor gets well.”
H. L. Mencken Quote: “The ideal Government of all reflective men, from Aristotle onward, is one which lets the individual alone – one which barely escapes being no government at all.”
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.”
H. L. Mencken Quote: “The trouble with fighting for human freedom is that one spends most of one’s time defending scoundrels. For it is against scoundrels that oppressive laws are first aimed, and oppression must be stopped at the beginning if it is to be stopped at all.”
H. L. Mencken Quote: “It is inaccurate to say that I hate everything. I am strongly in favor of common sense, common honesty, and common decency. This makes me forever ineligible for public office.”
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: “Man is a natural polygamist: he always has one woman leading him by the nose, and another hanging on to his coattails.”
H. L. Mencken Quote: “Kant was probably the worst writer ever heard of on earth before Karl Marx. Some of his ideas were really quite simple, but he always managed to make them seem unintelligible. I hope he is in Hell.”
H. L. Mencken Quote: “Dachshund: A half-a-dog high and a dog-and-a-half long.”
H. L. Mencken Quote: “The older I get the more I admire and crave competence, just simple competence, in any field from adultery to zoology.”
H. L. Mencken Quote: “Love is the delusion that one woman differs from another.”
H. L. Mencken Quote: “Love is like war: easy to begin but very hard to stop.”
H. L. Mencken Quote: “School teachers, taking them by and large, are probably the most ignorant and stupid class of men in the whole group of mental workers.”
H. L. Mencken Quote: “Elections are futures markets in stolen property.”
H. L. Mencken Quote: “Looking for an honest politician is like looking for an ethical burglar.”
H. L. Mencken Quote: “Human progress is furthered, not by conformity, but by aberration.”
H. L. Mencken Quote: “Democracy is the art and science of running the circus from the monkey cage.”
H. L. Mencken Quote: “If a politician found he had cannibals among his constituents, he would promise them missionaries for dinner.”
H. L. Mencken Quote: “The objection to a Communist always resolves itself into the fact that he is not a gentleman.”
H. L. Mencken Quote: “The one permanent emotion of the inferior man is fear – fear of the unknown, the complex, the inexplicable. What he wants above everything else is safety.”
H. L. Mencken Quote: “Criticism is prejudice made plausible.”
H. L. Mencken Quote: “School days, I believe, are the unhappiest in the whole span of human existence.”
H. L. Mencken Quote: “For it is mutual trust, even more than mutual interest that holds human associations together. Our friends seldom profit us but they make us feel safe. Marriage is a scheme to accomplish exactly that same end.”
H. L. Mencken Quote: “The common man is a fool.”
H. L. Mencken Quote: “Deep within the heart of every evangelist lies the wreck of a car salesman.”
H. L. Mencken Quote: “After all is said and done, a hell lot of a lot more is said than done.”
H. L. Mencken Quote: “The best years are the forties; after fifty a man begins to deteriorate, but in the forties he is at the maximum of his villainy.”
H. L. Mencken Quote: “Nature abhors a moron.”
H. L. Mencken Quote: “It is hard to believe that a man is telling the truth when you know that you would lie if you were in his place.”
H. L. Mencken Quote: “Culture itself is neither education nor law-making: it is an atmosphere and a heritage.”
H. L. Mencken Quote: “The New Deal began, like the Salvation Army, by promising to save humanity. It ended, again like the Salvation Army, by running flop-houses and disturbing the peace.”
H. L. Mencken Quote: “The cure for the evils of democracy is more democracy.”
H. L. Mencken Quote: “There are two kinds of music; German music and bad music.”
H. L. Mencken Quote: “In this world of sin and sorrow there is always something to be thankful for; as for me, I rejoice that I am not a Republican.”
H. L. Mencken Quote: “The great secret of happiness in love is to be glad that the other fellow married her.”
H. L. Mencken Quote: “The way for newspapers to meet the competition of radio and television is simply to get out better papers.”
H. L. Mencken Quote: “A home is not a mere transient shelter: its essence lies in the personalities of the people who live in it.”
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