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H. L. Mencken Quote: “In any combat between a rogue and a fool the sympathy of mankind is always with the rogue.”
H. L. Mencken Quote: “Imagine the Creator as a low comedian, and at once the world becomes explicable.”
H. L. Mencken Quote: “The book of Genesis, a farrago of nonsense so wholly absurd that even Sunday-school scholars have to be threatened with Hell to make them accept it.”
H. L. Mencken Quote: “Sometimes the idiots outvote the sensible people.”
H. L. Mencken Quote: “Women have simple tastes. They get pleasure out of the conversation of children in arms and men in love.”
H. L. Mencken Quote: “Absence is the dark-room in which lovers develop negatives.”
H. L. Mencken Quote: “It is impossible to believe that the same God who permitted His own son to die a bachelor regards celibacy as an actual sin.”
H. L. Mencken Quote: “A bad man is the sort who weeps every time he speaks of a good woman.”
H. L. Mencken Quote: “The only liberty an inferior man really cherishes is the liberty to quit work, stretch out in the sun, and scratch himself.”
H. L. Mencken Quote: “The only time you have a free press is when you own one.”
H. L. Mencken Quote: “Popularity – The capacity for listening sympathetically when men boast of their wives and women complain of their husbands.”
H. L. Mencken Quote: “In the United States, doing good has come to be, like patriotism, a favorite device of persons with something to sell.”
H. L. Mencken Quote: “The most satisfying and ecstatic faith is almost purely agnostic. It trusts absolutely without professing to know at all.”
H. L. Mencken Quote: “A man full of faith is simply one who has lost the capacity for clear and realistic thought.”
H. L. Mencken Quote: “The essence of self-fulfillment and autonomous culture is an unshakable egotism.”
H. L. Mencken Quote: “Citizenship in New York is now worth no more than citizenship in Arkansas, for it is open to any applicant from the marshes of Bessarabia, and, still worse, to any applicant from Arkansas.”
H. L. Mencken Quote: “No professional politician is ever actually in favor of public economy. It is his implacable enemy, and he knows it. All professional politicians are dedicated wholeheartedly to waste and corruption. They are the enemies of every decent man.”
H. L. Mencken Quote: “It is Hell, of course, that makes priests powerful, not Heaven, for after thousands of years of so-called civilization fear remains the one common denominator of mankind.”
H. L. Mencken Quote: “What makes philosophy so tedious is not the profundity of philosophers, but their lack of art; they are like physicians who soughtto cure a slight hyperacidity by prescribing a carload of burned oyster-shells.”
H. L. Mencken Quote: “A newspaper is a device for making the ignorant more ignorant and the crazy crazier.”
H. L. Mencken Quote: “I believe in only one thing: liberty; but I do not believe in liberty enough to want to force it upon anyone.”
H. L. Mencken Quote: “Giving every man a vote has no more made men wise and free than Christianity has made them good.”
H. L. Mencken Quote: “Chopin – Two embalmers at work upon a minor poetthe scent of tuberosesAutumn rain.”
H. L. Mencken Quote: “The difference between the smartest dog and the stupidest man – say a Tennessee Holy Roller – is really very small.”
H. L. Mencken Quote: “Under democracy one party always devotes its chief energies to trying to prove that the other party is unfit to rule – and both commonly succeed, and are right.”
H. L. Mencken Quote: “No healthy man, in his secret heart, is content with his destiny. He is tortured by dreams and images as a child is tortured by the thought of a state of existence in which it would live in a candy store and have two stomachs.”
H. L. Mencken Quote: “I drink exactly as much as I want, and one drink more.”
H. L. Mencken Quote: “It is impossible to imagine the universe run by a wise, just and omnipotent God, but it is quite easy to imagine it run by a board of gods.”
H. L. Mencken Quote: “Puccini – silver macaroni, exquisitely tangled.”
H. L. Mencken Quote: “If the American people really tire of democracy and want to make a trial of Fascism, I shall be the last person to object. But if that is their mood, then they had better proceed toward their aim by changing the Constitution and not by forgetting it.”
H. L. Mencken Quote: “Kipling, the grandson of a Methodist preacher, reveals the tin-pot evangelist with increasing clarity as youth and its ribaldries pass away and he falls back upon his fundamentals.”
H. L. Mencken Quote: “Politics, as hopeful men practise it in the world, consists mainly of the delusion that a change in form is a change in substance.”
H. L. Mencken Quote: “There is no record in history of a happy philosopher.”
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: “The average schoolmaster is and always must be essentially an ass, for how can one imagine an intelligent man engaging in so puerile an avocation.”
H. L. Mencken Quote: “Every failure teaches a man something, to wit, that he will probably fail again.”
H. L. Mencken Quote: “Nietzsche, to the end of his days, remained a Russian pastor’s son, and hence two-thirds of a Puritan; he erected his war upon holiness, toward the end, into a sort of holy war.”
H. L. Mencken Quote: “Say what you will about the ten commandments, you must always come back to the pleasant fact that there are only ten of them.”
H. L. Mencken Quote: “I think the Negro people should feel secure enough by now to face a reasonable ridicule without terror. I am unalterably opposed to all efforts to put down free speech, whatever the excuse.”
H. L. Mencken Quote: “A tin horn politician with the manner of a rural corn doctor and the mien of a ham actor.”
H. L. Mencken Quote: “A skeptic as to all ideas, including especially my own, I have never suffered a pang when the ideas of some other imbecile prevailed.”
H. L. Mencken Quote: “To the man with an ear for verbal delicacies- the man who searches painfully for the perfect word, and puts the way of saying a thing above the thing said – there is in writing the constant joy of sudden discovery, of happy accident.”
H. L. Mencken Quote: “What the meaning of human life may be I don’t know: I incline to suspect that it has none.”
H. L. Mencken Quote: “All the benefit that a New Yorker gets out of Kansas is no more than what he might get out of Saskatchewan, the Argentine pampas, of Siberia. But New York to a Kansan is not only a place where he may get drunk, look at dirty shows and buy bogus antiques; it is also a place where he may enforce his dunghill ideas upon his betters.”
H. L. Mencken Quote: “Perhaps the most revolting character that the United States ever produced was the Christian Businessman.”
H. L. Mencken Quote: “The notion that artists flourish upon adversity and misunderstanding, that they are able to function to the utmost in an atmosphere of indifference or hostility – this notion is nine-tenths nonsense.”
H. L. Mencken Quote: “The military caste did not originate as a party of patriots, but as a party of bandits.”
H. L. Mencken Quote: “When a private citizen is robbed, a worthy man is deprived of the fruits of his industry and thrift; when the government is robbed, the worst that happens is that certain rogues and loafers have less money to play with than they had before.”
H. L. Mencken Quote: “Lying is not only excusable; it is not only innocent; it is, above all, necessary and unavoidable. Without the ameliorations that it offers, life would become a mere syllogism and hence too metallic to be borne.”
H. L. Mencken Quote: “Man, without a saving touch of woman in him, is too doltish, too naive and romantic, too easily deluded and lulled to sleep by his imagination to be anything above a cavalryman, a theologian or a corporation director.”
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