Quotes by: H. L. Mencken

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H. L. Mencken
H. L. Mencken in 1928
Born Henry Louis Mencken
(1880-09-12)September 12, 1880
Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
Died January 29, 1956(1956-01-29) (aged 75)
Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
Occupation Journalist, satirist, critic
Notable credit(s) The Baltimore Sun
Spouse(s) Sara Haardt
Relatives August Mencken, Jr.
Brother
Family August Mencken, Sr.
Father

Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want, and deserve to get it good and hard.
H. L. Mencken
Let's not burn the universities yet. After all, the damage they do might be worse.
H. L. Mencken
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
A Sunday school is a prison in which children do penance for the evil conscience of their parents.
H. L. Mencken
I confess I enjoy democracy immensely. It is incomparably idiotic, and hence incomparably amusing.
H. L. Mencken
Morality is the theory that every human act must be either right or wrong, and that 99 % of them are wrong.
H. L. Mencken
Before a man speaks it is always safe to assume that he is a fool. After he speaks, it is seldom necessary to assume it.
H. L. Mencken
Women have simple tastes. They get pleasure out of the conversation of children in arms and men in love.
H. L. Mencken
The older I grow the more I distrust the familiar doctrine that age brings wisdom.
H. L. Mencken
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
It is not materialism that is the chief curse of the world, as pastors teach, but idealism. Men get into trouble by taking their visions and hallucinations too seriously.
H. L. Mencken
Marriage is a wonderful institution, but who would want to live in an institution?
H. L. Mencken
Faith may be defined briefly as an illogical belief in the occurrence of the improbable.
H. L. Mencken
Democracy is the art and science of running the circus from the monkey cage.
H. L. Mencken
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