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H. L. Mencken Quote: “One horse-laugh is worth ten thousand syllogisms. It is not only more effective; it is also vastly more intelligent.”
H. L. Mencken Quote: “There is always a sheet of paper. There is always a pen. There is always a way out.”
H. L. Mencken Quote: “We must be prepared to pay a price for freedom, for no price that is ever asked for it is half the cost of doing without it.”
H. L. Mencken Quote: “If, after I depart this vale, you ever remember me and have thought to please my ghost, forgive some sinner and wink your eye at some homely girl.”
H. L. Mencken Quote: “A man may be a fool and not know it, but not if he is married.”
H. L. Mencken Quote: “The best teacher of children, in brief, is one who is essentially childlike.”
H. L. Mencken Quote: “A living language is like a man suffering incessantly from small hemorrhages, and what it needs above all else is constant transactions of new blood from other tongues. The day the gates go up, that day it begins to die.”
H. L. Mencken Quote: “The true aim of medicine is not to make men virtuous; it is to safeguard and rescue them from the consequences of their vices. The physician does not preach repentance; he offers absolution.”
H. L. Mencken Quote: “I’m ombibulous. I drink every known alcoholic drink and enjoy them all.”
H. L. Mencken Quote: “Thanksgiving Day is a day devoted by persons with inflammatory rheumatism to thanking a loving Father that it is not hydrophobia.”
H. L. Mencken Quote: “All talk of winning the people by appealing to their intelligence, of conquering them by impeccable syllogism, is so much moonshine.”
H. L. Mencken Quote: “If I had my way, any man guilty of golf would be barred from any public office in the United States and the families of the breed would be shipped off to the white slave corrals of Argentina.”
H. L. Mencken Quote: “Love is the triumph of imagination over intelligence.”
H. L. Mencken Quote: “As the arteries grow hard, the heart grows soft.”
H. L. Mencken Quote: “The fact is that the average man’s love of liberty is nine-tenths imaginary, exactly like his love of sense, justice and truth.”
H. L. Mencken Quote: “He slept more than any other president, whether by day or by night. Nero fiddled, but Coolidge only snored.”
H. L. Mencken Quote: “People say we need religion when what they really mean is we need police.”
H. L. Mencken Quote: “Evil: That which one believes of others. It is a sin to believe evil of others, but it is seldom a mistake.”
H. L. Mencken Quote: “Bachelors know more about women than married men; if they didn’t they’d be married too.”
H. L. Mencken Quote: “The most popular man under a democracy is not the most democratic man, but the most despotic man. The common folk delight in the exactions of such a man. They like him to boss them. Their natural gait is the goose step.”
H. L. Mencken Quote: “In human history a moral victory is always a disaster, for it debauches and degrades both the victor and the vanquished.”
H. L. Mencken Quote: “A man always remembers his first love with special tenderness, but after that he begins to bunch them.”
H. L. Mencken Quote: “Every man is his own hell.”
H. L. Mencken Quote: “It doesn’t take a majority to make a rebellion; it takes only a few determined leaders and a sound cause.”
H. L. Mencken Quote: “Sin is a dangerous toy in the hands of the virtuous. It should be left to the congenitally sinful, who know when to play with it and when to let it alone.”
H. L. Mencken Quote: “The acting that one sees upon the stage does not show how human beings comport themselves in crises, but how actors think they ought to. It is thus, like poetry and religion, a device for gladdening the heart with what is palpably not true.”
H. L. Mencken Quote: “A man always blames the woman who fools him. In the same way he blames the door he walks into in the dark.”
H. L. Mencken Quote: “Whenever “A” attempts by law to impose his moral standards upon “B,” “A” is most likely a scoundrel.”
H. L. Mencken Quote: “All men are frauds. The only difference between them is that some admit it. I myself deny it.”
H. L. Mencken Quote: “The most disgusting cad in the world is the man who on the grounds of decorum and morality avoids the game of love. He is one who puts his own ease and security above the most laudable of philanthropies.”
H. L. Mencken Quote: “The lunatic fringe wags the underdog.”
H. L. Mencken Quote: “The most costly of all follies is to believe passionately in the palpably not true. It is the chief occupation of mankind.”
H. L. Mencken Quote: “In the duel of sex woman fights from a dreadnought and man from an open raft.”
H. L. Mencken Quote: “The first Rotarian was the first man to call John the Baptist Jack.”
H. L. Mencken Quote: “No doubt a cosmos afflicted with nothing worse than an infection of Beethovens would not think it worth while to send for the doctor. But a cosmos infested by Socialists, Scotsmen and stockbrokers must suffer damnably. No wonder the sun is so hot and the moon is so diabetically green.”
H. L. Mencken Quote: “To be in love is merely to be in a state of perceptual anesthesia – to mistake an ordinary young woman for a goddess.”
H. L. Mencken Quote: “The idea that the sole aim of punishment is to prevent crime is obviously grounded upon the theory that crime can be prevented, which is almost as dubious as the notion that poverty can be prevented.”
H. L. Mencken Quote: “The worst government is often the most moral. One composed of cynics is often very tolerant and humane. But when fanatics are on top there is no limit to oppression.”
H. L. Mencken Quote: “The double standard of morality will survive in this world so long as the woman whose husband has been lured away is favoured with the sympathetic tears of other women, and a man whose wife has made off is laughed at by other men.”
H. L. Mencken Quote: “The more a man dreams, the less he believes.”
H. L. Mencken Quote: “I know some who are constantly drunk on books as other men are drunk on whiskey.”
H. L. Mencken Quote: “Women in general seem to me to be appreciably more intelligent than men. A great many of them suffer in silence from the imbecilities of their husbands.”
H. L. Mencken Quote: “The only really respectable Protestants are the fundamentalists. Unfortunately, they are also palpable idiots.”
H. L. Mencken Quote: “Immorality: the morality of those who are having a better time.”
H. L. Mencken Quote: “Love is the delusion that one woman differs from another.”
H. L. Mencken Quote: “Pastor: One employed by the wicked to prove to them by his example that virtue doesn’t pay.”
H. L. Mencken Quote: “Wealth – any income that is at least one hundred dollars more a year than the income of one’s wife’s sister’s husband.”
H. L. Mencken Quote: “Henry James would have been vastly improved as a novelist by a few whiffs of the Chicago stockyard.”
H. L. Mencken Quote: “The American people, I am convinced, really detest free speech. At the slightest alarm they are ready and eager to put it down.”
H. L. Mencken Quote: “I believe that all government is evil, and that trying to improve it is largely a waste of time.”
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