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H. L. Mencken Quotes and Quotations


Nobody ever went broke underestimating the taste of the American public.
Nothing can come out of an artist that is not in the man.
- H. L. Mencken | Art and the Artist Quotes
The basic fact about human existence is not that it is a tragedy, but that it is a bore.
- H. L. Mencken | Bores and Boredom Quotes
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 taxi cab or fry a pan of fish.
- H. L. Mencken | Capitalism Quotes
A prohibitionist is the sort of man one wouldn't care to drink with - even if he drank.
Conscience is a mother-in-law whose visit never ends.
- H. L. Mencken | Conscience Quotes
Penetrating so many secrets, we cease to believe in the unknowable. But there it sits nevertheless, calmly licking its chops.
A cynic is a man who, when he smells flowers, looks around for a coffin.
- H. L. Mencken | Cynicism Quotes
What men value in the world is not rights, but privileges.
- H. L. Mencken | Democracy Quotes
A celebrity is one who is known to many persons he is glad he doesn't know.
- H. L. Mencken | Fame and Celebrities Quotes
God is a comedian whose audience is afraid to laugh.
- H. L. Mencken | God Quotes
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 | Government and Rule Quotes
Injustice is relatively easy to bear; what stings is justice.
- H. L. Mencken | Justice Quotes
A judge is a law student who marks his own examination papers.
- H. L. Mencken | Law and Lawyers Quotes
Love is the delusion that one woman differs from another.
- H. L. Mencken | Love Quotes
No matter how happily a woman may be married, it always pleases her to discover that there is a nice man who wishes she were not.
- H. L. Mencken | Marriage Quotes
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 | Memory Quotes
Men have a much better time of it than women. For one thing, they marry later. For another thing, they die earlier.
- H. L. Mencken | Men and Women Quotes
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 | Men and Women Quotes
Morality is the theory that every human act must be either right or wrong and that 99% of them are wrong.
- H. L. Mencken | Morality and Ethics Quotes
Opera in English is, in the main, just about as sensible as baseball in Italian.
- H. L. Mencken | Music Quotes
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.
Puritanism - the haunting fear that someone, somewhere may be happy.
- H. L. Mencken | Religion Quotes
I hate all sports as rabidly as a person who likes sports hates common sense.
- H. L. Mencken | Sport Quotes
Time is a great legalizer, even in the fields of morals.
- H. L. Mencken | Time Quotes
Women have simple tastes. They get pleasure out of the conversation of children in arms and men in love.
- H. L. Mencken | Women Quotes
Unionism, seldom if ever, uses such powers as it has to ensure better work; almost always it devotes a large part of that power to safeguarding bad work.
- H. L. Mencken | Work Quotes
Men are the only animals that devote themselves, day in and day out, to making one another unhappy.
- H. L. Mencken | Unhappiness Quotes
Human life is basically a comedy. Even its tragedies often seem comic to the spectator, and not infrequently they actually have comic touches to the victim. Happiness probably consists largely in the capacity to detect and relish them.
- H. L. Mencken | Happiness Quotes
We are here and it is now. Further than that, all knowledge is moonshine.
- H. L. Mencken | The Present Quotes
The one permanent emotion of the inferior man is fear-fear of the unknown, the complex, the inexplicable. What he wants beyond everything else is safety.
The one permanent emotion of the inferior man is fear-fear of the unknown, the complex, the inexplicable. What he wants beyond everything else is safety.
- H. L. Mencken | Security Quotes
To be in love is merely to be in a state of perpetual anesthesia: To mistake an ordinary young man for a Greek god or an ordinary young woman for a goddess.
- H. L. Mencken | Passion Quotes
Happiness is the china shop; love is the bull.
- H. L. Mencken | Heartbreak Quotes
The first Rotarian was the first man to call John the Baptist Jack.
'Tis more blessed to give than to receive; for example, wedding presents.
- H. L. Mencken | Love and Marriage Quotes
Hope: A pathological belief in the occurrence of the impossible.
- H. L. Mencken | Perseverance Quotes
A celebrity is one who is known to many persons he is glad he doesn't know.
- H. L. Mencken | Professions and Work Quotes
Conscience is the inner voice that warns us somebody may be looking.
- H. L. Mencken | Religion Quotes
A Puritan is a person who lives in the fear that someone, somewhere, may be having a good time.
- H. L. Mencken | Religion Quotes
The only liberty an inferior man really cherishes is the liberty to quit work, stretch out in the sun, and scratch himself.
Time is a great legalizer, even in the field of morals.
- H. L. Mencken | Time Quotes
Men have a much better time of it than women. For one thing, they marry later. For another thing, they die earlier.
- H. L. Mencken | Humorous Quotes
Men have a much better time of it than women. For one thing, they marry later. For another thing, they die earlier.
- H. L. Mencken | Humorous Quotes
Men have a much better time of it than women. For one thing, they marry later. For another thing, they die earlier.
- H. L. Mencken | Humorous Quotes
Men have a much better time of it than women. For one thing, they marry later. For another thing, they die earlier.
- H. L. Mencken | Humorous Quotes
Men have a much better time of it than women. For one thing, they marry later. For another thing, they die earlier.
- H. L. Mencken | Humorous Quotes
Men have a much better time of it than women. For one thing, they marry later. For another thing, they die earlier.
- H. L. Mencken | Humorous Quotes
Men have a much better time of it than women. For one thing, they marry later. For another thing, they die earlier.
- H. L. Mencken | Humorous Quotes
Men have a much better time of it than women. For one thing, they marry later. For another thing, they die earlier.
- H. L. Mencken | Humorous Quotes


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