H.L. Mencken Quotes


138 H.L. Mencken quotes:



"It is a peculiarity of the American mind that it regards any excursion into the truth as an adventure into cynicism"
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"I go on working for the same reason that a hen goes on laying eggs."
Author: Mencken Quotes Category: Action Quotes Reason Quotes
"Every man is thoroughly happy twice in his life: just after he has met his first love, and just after he has left his last one"
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"The older I grow the more I distrust the familiar doctrine that age brings wisdom."
"Old age ain't no place for sissies."
"On one issue at least, men and women agree; they both distrust women."
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"The aim of public education is not to spread enlightenment at all; it is simply to reduce as many individuals as possible to the same safe level, to breed a standard citizenry, to put down dissent and originality"
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"The world always makes the assumption that the exposure of an error is identical with the discovery of truth--that the error and truth are simply opposite. They are nothing of the sort. What the world turns to, when it is cured on one error, is usu"
Author: Mencken Quotes Category: Discovery Quotes
"The ideal way to get rid of any infectious disease would be to shoot instantly every person who comes down with it"
Author: Mencken Quotes Category: Disease Quotes
"A man loses his sense of direction after four drinks; a woman loses hers after four kisses"
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"To expect defeat is nine-tenths of defeat itself."
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"School days, I believe, are the unhappiest in the whole span of human existence."
Author: Mencken Quotes Category: Existence Quotes
"During many a single week, I daresay, more money is spent in New York upon useless and evil things than would suffice to run the kingdom of Denmark for a year"
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"I believe that all government is evil, and that trying to improve it is largely a waste of time."
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"It is hard for the ape to believe he descended from man."
Author: Mencken Quotes Category: Evolution Quotes
"No matter how happily a woman may be married, it always pleases her to discover that there is a nice man who wishes that she were not."
"Love is the triumph of imagination over intelligence."
"To be in love is merely to be in a perpetual state of anesthesia."
Author: Mencken Quotes Category: Cute Love Quotes
"The cynics are right nine times out of ten."
"A cynic is a man who, when he smells flowers, looks around for a coffin."



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