H.L. Mencken Quotes

138 H.L. Mencken quotes:

"The common argument that crime is caused by poverty is a kind of slander on the poor."
"The essence of a self-reliant and autonomous culture is an unshakeable egoism."
Author: Mencken Quotes Category: Culture Quotes
"Criticism is prejudice made plausible."
"It is impossible to think of a man of any actual force and originality, universally recognized as having those qualities, who spent his whole life appraising and describing the work of other men."
"The one permanent emotion of the inferior man is fear - fear of the unknown, the complex, the inexplicable. What he wants above everything else is safety."
"The comfortable estate of widowhood is the only hope that keeps up a wife's spirits."
"It is the dull man who is always sure, and the sure man who is always dull."
Author: Mencken Quotes Category: Certainty Quotes
"Puritanism: The haunting fear that someone, somewhere, may be happy"
Author: Mencken Quotes Category: Fear Quotes
"The trouble with fighting for human freedom is that one spends most of one's time defending scoundrels. For it is against scoundrels that oppressive laws are first aimed, and oppression must be stopped at the beginning if it is to be stopped at"
"It is a sin to believe evil of others, but it is seldom a mistake."
"Faith may be defined briefly as an illogical belief in the occurrence of the improbable."
"Temptation is an irresistible force at work on a movable body"
Author: Mencken Quotes Category: Body Quotes
"I hate all sports as rabidly as a person who likes sports hates common sense."
"School days are the unhappiest in the whole span if human existence. They are full of dull, unintelligible tasks, new and unpleasant ordinances, with brutal violations of common sense and common decency."
"Let's not burn the universities yet. After all, the damage they do might be worse."
Author: Mencken Quotes Category: College Quotes
"The way for newspapers to meet the competition of radio and television is simply to get out better papers"
"Conscience is a mother-in-law whose visit never ends"
Author: Mencken Quotes Category: Conscience Quotes
"Conscience is a mother-in-law whose visit never ends."
Author: Mencken Quotes Category: Conscience Quotes
"Conscience is the inner voice which warns us that someone may be looking."
Author: Mencken Quotes Category: Conscience Quotes
"Conscience is the inner voice that warns us somebody may be looking."

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